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Ambur Chicken Biryani | Ambur Star Biryani | Chicken Dum Biryani Recipe

Ambur Chicken Biryani
I have a treat for all the biryani lovers! Today I'm sharing the most luscious biryani recipe ever. Ambur biryani is one of a flavorful biryani introduced by nawabs of arcot. It has a moderate usage of spices which makes it very lite. It has a excellent color, taste and flavor. To me, I don't need any side dish for this as the biryani alone will suffice my taste buds. But you can serve this with brinjal curry and raita.

Ambur Star Biryani

Ambur Biryani Recipe


Basmati rice - 1/2 kg
Chicken - 1/2 kg
Onion - 4
Tomato - 2
Green chilli - 3
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tblspn
Chilli powder - 2 tblspn
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Biryani masala powder - 2 tblspn
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Curd - 1/2 cup
Lemon - 1
Mint paste - 1 tsp
Mint leaves - fistful
Coriander leaves - fistful
Salt - 2 tblspn
Oil - 1/2 cup


Cinnamon - 2 sticks
Cloves - 8 to 10
Cardamom - 5


Wash and soak the rice for 30 mins. Slice the onions, tomatoes and green chillies.

Heat oil in a casserole, add the ingredients listed under the spices. Add in ginger garlic paste.

Once a nice aroma comes, add the chicken pieces, mint paste. Sauté for 2 mins.

Now add the onion, green chilli and tomatoes. Let them cook for 2 mins.

Add the coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, garam masala powder and turmeric. Give it a mix and add the coriander leaves and mint leaves.

Then add the curd, lemon and salt. Cover and cook on medium heat for 20 mins. 

When the oil oozes out, add 3 cups of water and bring it to boil. Add the soaked rice and check for salt.

Place the vessel over a griddle. Cover and put weight on the top of the vessel. Let it cook for 30 mins on low flame.

Serve with raita and brinjal dalcha.

  • Try to use homemade biryani masala
  • You can cook rice separately and put it in dum
  • Mint, coriander leaves are must for this biryani

Ingredients for star biryani
Keep all your ingredients ready. Soak rice for 30 mins
heat oil
In a casserole, add enough oil
add spices
Add the spices listed (cinnamon, cloves and cardamom)
add ginger garlic paste
Add in ginger garlic paste and saute till you get a nice aroma
mint paste
Add the chicken pieces and mint paste
cook them
Let them cook for 2 mins
onion, green chilli added
Now, add the chopped onion and slit green chillies
add tomato
chopped tomatoes goes in now
Allow the onion and tomatoes to cook for 2 to 3 mins
spice powders
Then add all the spice powders one by one. Red chilli powder and coriander powder are added
garam masala
Add the biryani masala powder and cumin powder
and turmeric. Mix them to blend well with the chicken pieces
mint, coriander leaves
Mint leaves and coriander leaves goes in next
And add half a cup of curd to this masala
Add enough salt to taste
lemon juice
Squeeze one lemon juice and add this to the gravy
cover and cook
Cover with a lid and cook for 20 mins on medium heat
oil oozes out
After 20 mins, you will see the oil oozing out at the edges
add enough water
At this stage, add 4 cups of water and bring it to boil
rice added
Once it starts to boil, add the soaked rice. (Make sure you are adding rice after the water boils. If you add before it will not cook properly)
dum cooking
Now keep a griddle and place the casserole over the griddle. Cover and put weight on the top of the vessel. Cook them on low flame for 30 mins. (I will post the proper dum cooking method in my upcoming biryani recipes)
Ambur Chicken Dum Biryani
Ambur chicken biryani is ready. Serve with brinjal dalcha and raita!


  1. Pls give recipe for biryani masala

    1. Link for biryani masala

  2. Last 30 minute we need to keep flame at the lowest possible? Or medium flame

    Thanks in advance

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