Kolkata Dum Biryani

By Executive Chef Sujoy Gupta

  • Take a cast iron skillet or tawa. Dry roast all the ingredients separately and make a powder of all dry roasted spices. This mixed spices is known as Biryani Masala
  • In a large bowl beat hung curd, mix all ingredients (except salt and chicken) to make a smooth paste. Add chicken and salt and keep aside for 4-5 hrs or at least 1 hr
  • Wash and clean the rice and soak for 30 mins. Make a pouch of muslin with all the ingredients of rice except rice, salt, ghee and bay leaves and seal. Bring water to boil with bay leaves, salt, ghee and spice-bag in a large pot, add rice and cook until rice is half done
  • Drain water and spread the rice on a flat surface. Discard the bay leaves and spice-bag
  • Heat 3 tbsp of ghee in a wok and fry thinly sliced onion till golden brown. This is known as Barista. Remove from oil and keep on paper towels until needed
  • Fry potatoes and egg separately in the same pan. It will make the potatoes juicier and also gives a flavor to the eggs. Fry until potato is half-one. Remove from oil and keep them aside
  • Shake off the marinade from chicken /mutton pieces and add chicken / mutton into the pan and continue cooking on medium flame until meat is done
  • Now in the same pan add the reserved marinade, cook along with potato and eggs until raw smell is gone and oil floats on top of spices
  • Soak the saffron strands in warm milk and keep aside for 5 mins. Rub the strands in milk to dissolve them completely. Add metha attar and kewra water and keep aside
  • Now take a large pot and arrange the rice, gravy, chicken, potato and eggs in layers separated by ghee, saffron milk only and biryani masala only. Cover the edge of the pan with atta dough and seal with the cover
  • Heat a heavy duty iron tawa on gastop and place the biryani pot on it. Now cook it on lowest flame for 35-45 mins
  • Once done switch off the flame, keep biryani on tawa for another 10-15 mins to absorb flavours. When ready to eat break seal of atta dough and serve Kolkata Dum Biryani. Enjoy



Biryani Spices

  • Green cardamom - 10-12nos 
  • Black cardamom - 2-3 nos
  • Cloves - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1” x 4nos 
  • Mace - 3 florets
  • Nutmeg -  ¼
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Dried rose petal - 2tsp 
  • Black peppercorn - 1 tsp

For Biryani Rice

  • Basmati rice - 480gms (2cups)
  • Bay leaves - 2-4 nos
  • Green cardamom - 3-4
  • Black cardamom - 1
  • Cloves - 4-5
  • Cinnamon - 2 stick
  • Mace - 1 floret
  • Nutmeg - ¼
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Black peppercorn - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Ghee or clarified butter - few drops

For Marinade

  • Chicken Or mutton (with bone) - 850gms  
  • Hung curd - 3-5 tbsp
  • Ginger Garlic paste, freshly made - 1 tbsp
  • Red chili powder - 2 tbsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder - ? tsp
  • Biryani Masala - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - 1 tbsp

Other Ingredients

  • Onion - 4 nos large
  • Potato - 2-3 medium to large
  • Hard-boiled egg - 3 nos 
  • Saffron strands - 10-12 nos
  • Warm milk  -  ? cup
  • Metha Attar - 2-3 drops
  • Kewra water