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Anarkali Biryani (By Chef Zakir): Recipe


Someone request me on my site to post the recipe of Anarkali biryani by chef Zakir. No doubt that this biryani is very tasty and rich and very easy to make if you follow all steps accurately.

anarkali biryani Ingredients Of Anarkali Biryani

  • 1/2 kg rice
  • 375 gm boneless chicken
  • 250 gm yogurt
  • 5 green chilies, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp garlic ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp jailfel and jalwatrey powder
  • 1/4 bunch fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1/4 bunch mint leaves, chopped
  • 8 whole black pepper
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 4 sticks cinnamon
  • 20 cashew nuts
  • 20 pistachios
  • 20 chilghozas
  • 1 tsp red food color
  • Few bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp crushed pomegranate seeds (anardana)
  • 50 gm dry plums
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp kewra
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup ghee

Method Of Anarkali Biryani

  • Heat 1 cup ghee in a pan, add big and small cardamoms, cloves, bay leaves, 2 cinnamon sticks and whole black pepper and fry it for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add garlic and ginger paste and onions together. Let them cook till they change color to light brown, then add1 tsp cumin seeds. Now cook it till the onions change its color into golden brown.
  • Add tomatoes and green chilies and lower the flame. Cook it for 2-3 minutes and then add 1 1/2 red chili powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp turmeric powder, and salt. Mix it and then add yogurt.
  • In a bowl marinate chicken with 1/2 tsp garlic ginger paste, salt, 1 tsp red food color, 1 tsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp cumin powder and mix it well with your hands.
  • In a pan heat little oil and sauté the marinated chicken for 4-5 minutes. Remove it from heat.
  • In other pan heat 1 tbsp ghee and roast all the nuts in it till they change their color in light golden. Remove them from heat.
  • In a wok heat water for rice. Add bay leaves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1/4 tsp cumin seeds and salt in water. When water starts boiling add rice.
  • In a gravy add a layer of chicken, coriander and mint leaves, dry plums and pomegranate seeds. When rice is half cooked add layer of drained rice on gravy. Then add roasted nuts and remaining rice.
  • Add kewra and 2 tbsp ghee on top and now cook it covered. First, increase the heat for 1 minute and when steam forms then lower the heat and put the biryani on dum for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve hot with raita and salad.


  • aisha liaquat August 29, 2009, 2:44 pm

    i hav tried tht ,its really good n tasty.

    • Neel August 29, 2009, 8:04 pm

      thanx for trying ayesha. today i made chef rahat’s nuggets and they were better than k and ns…………………also try that in your iftari

  • Attiya October 20, 2009, 6:19 pm

    Hey I have a question. Could we possibly layer it and put it on dum later? U know in a busy dinner prep ?

    • Neel October 21, 2009, 12:25 am

      You can make gravey before and boil the rice at the time u need it. When u put it on dum remember to heat the gravy again.

  • Attiya October 22, 2009, 12:51 pm

    it was brilliant.
    what about basic shami kebab. Mine arent too gud. I like beef boti ones, but mine are always soft fragile and not as good. Could you put up a recipe please?

    • Neel October 22, 2009, 8:31 pm

      There is a recipe for shami kebab on my site.

  • Abdul Zahid Khan November 17, 2009, 5:20 pm

    If you have catalog of recipes (By Chef Zakir) so please send me on my e-mail address. Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Neel November 17, 2009, 6:30 pm

      i don’t have any catalog, i watch his recipes on TV

  • Authentic Chinese Recipes December 5, 2009, 1:39 pm

    this stir fried rice looks so great and thanks Neel

  • munazzah January 9, 2010, 9:56 am

    thanks a lot for this great recipe of great chef please also some more delicious recipes of chef zakir upload. i will b very grateful to you.thanks again

    • Neel January 9, 2010, 11:36 am

      There are lots of chef zakir’s recipes on my site. check them out

  • Anne May 31, 2010, 3:42 pm

    I love Biryani. The AnarKali Biryani is new recipe for me. I will try it on Sunday . I hope my family will enjoy this recipe. Thanks.

  • Susan September 25, 2010, 12:08 pm

    wow, this rice looks so delicious, thanks for sharing! 😀

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