Mom ka Khana - Chicken Briyani & chilli Chicken

I know I know my blog baby has been sleeping unattended for a while now, I'm left occupied through out with all good warm food right from kitchen, sometime I enjoy warm puries sitting on the kitchen table, can you believe that? Right now I'm like little over grown hamster :D Doesn't actually matter since I will be deaerated as soon mum goes back to India.

We invited Somjai Tero and her mum for Indian lunch, Somjai came with her little princess Aida. Oh my my she is such a darling, very obviously everyone's attention was only towards her. While we were busy eating, everyone had their turns to play and keep her occupied. Baby darling kept us on toe with smile, cry, potty, snuggle and much more. What can I say? Just for couple of hours the whole house was vibrant.

Mum made our typical Sunday special lunch as we do at home, chicken briyani (with coconut milk), chilly chicken, dum aloo, raita and suji ka halwa. This Briyani is very unconvetional type very simple and easy too cook. The whole lot is mum's recipe, hope you guys will enjoy as much as we did....Wish you all a happy weekend  :)

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Chicken Briyani 
Chicken  1.5 Kgs 
Yoghurt 180 gram 
Green chillies 7 slit (Fresh chilly paste would give more better flavour and taste)
Ginger garlic paste 2 tbspn 
Garam masala 2 tbspn heaped 
Mint leaves 2 spring (Coarsely chopped) 
Mix all the above ingredients except chicken, check salt then throw in chicken and
mix well until each piece is coated well with yoghurt mixture. 
Leave them around for 2 hours. I left them overnight in the refrigerator. 
Oil 6 tbspn 
Ghee 1 tbspn 
Onions 3 large sliced 
Cinnamon 2 inch - 3 numbers 
Cloves 7-10 
Bay leaves 4 
Cardamom 4 
Green chilli 3 slit 
Ginger garlic paste 1/2 tspn 
Basmathi Rice 1kg 
Coconut milk 600ml 
Mint 2 handful coarsely chopped 
Coriander 1 handful coarsely chopped 
Soak the basmathi rice in water for about 30 minutes. 
In pressure cooker or in a heavy bottom deep pan (I used heavy bottom deep pan) add
oil and ghee wait until it is warm, throw in cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves and
cardamom let them splutter. Next add in sliced onions and green chilli fry until it
is golden brown. Next add in ginger garlic paste, sauté until raw flavour vanishes.
Next add in the chicken marinate cook till water from the chicken come out and
chicken is 70% cooked. Next throw in basmathi rice, 600 ml coconut milk mix well,
check salt add chopped coriander and mint. Give one good mix, close lid and leave them
to cook for about 30 minutes on medium heat. After 30 minutes, leave the pan in a
larger pan filled with water for about another 30 minutes, it is different way of
dum. If you are doing in pressure cooker leave another plate on hot plate(on
medium heat) once the plate is warm place the pressure cooker on top of it let it
stay on warm plate for another 30 minutes. Check after 30 mins, if you feel it is
still not well cooked let them stay on dum for another 20 minutes. Give it a very gentle mix thoroughly and serve it warm 
We added 600ml of coconut milk, it might change according to the variety of rice you
Chilly Chicken 
Boneless chicken 650 gram 
Ginger garlic paste 1 tbspn heaped 
Egg 1 
Corn flour 1 tbspn 
Chilly powder 2 1/2 tspn 
Food colour 1 pinch 
Garam masala 1/2 tspn 
Salt according to taste 
Good amount of oil for deep frying 
Mix all the above the ingredients, except boneless chicken. Check for salt then mix
chicken with marinate and let them for roughly for about 2 hours.
Fry individual pieces of chicken till it is cooked and crispy outside. Serve with
raw onions and lemon piece.


Umm Mymoonah February 3, 2011 at 9:49 PM  

This is really an feast to the eyes, I would have enjoyed more if it have been feast to my stomach also :)

Swathi February 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM  

Awesome spread, always mom's dishes are best. None in the world can break that record

Unknown February 3, 2011 at 10:22 PM  

both the dishes look so tempting n awesome!!...even the dessert...looks like u r enjoying all the good yummy food!

Pushpa February 3, 2011 at 10:57 PM  

Platter looks super delicious and awesome clicks.

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy February 3, 2011 at 11:44 PM  

Yummmmy Ananada..I am so J.You are enjoying all that delish stuff even without cooking it.Mom's food is always the best and I really crave for it.Everything looks so yum..after all LOVE must be an ingredient :)

Binys Recipes February 4, 2011 at 12:02 AM  

Ananda dear....missed so many of ur mouthwatering recipes.....just cant stop staring at these pics.....the feast is sooooooo inviting....love it......biriyani chilli ch and the dessert halwa is so well presented......i am in love with it....love the red velvet cake and the chocolate one as welll.....basil chicken very new to me bu looks temptg.

Anna Johnston February 4, 2011 at 12:12 AM  

It sounds like your enjoying some wonderful time with your Mom Ananda, it must be fantastic having her there. I love this post, the food sounds incredible, I'm going to make the Briyani (well...., its going on the list), I adore Briyani so having this authentic recipe is very special, thanks :)
Lovely pictures, as always :)

kavis February 4, 2011 at 12:15 AM  

Wow!Totally awesome n very tempting feast.Im mesmerized with the clicks.This Chicken briyani is something new to me.Will surely try:)

Anonymous February 4, 2011 at 2:11 AM  

Yumm!! Delicious! I adore Biryani! And I think a break is well deserved

Tahemeem February 4, 2011 at 3:45 AM  

wow.. precious... ur mom is so brilliant :)
Awesome spread :)

? February 4, 2011 at 3:54 AM  

What a gorgeous spread!
The Biryani is like one of those from Kerala.

Indian Cuisine Blogroll February 4, 2011 at 5:27 AM  

nice post..lovely clicks...dishes looks very inviting..

Akila February 4, 2011 at 7:11 AM  

wow what a lovely treat dear.... its a treat to eyes too.... mouthwatering recipes....

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Padhu Sankar February 4, 2011 at 8:05 AM  

So you are having a great time with your mom .I am a vegetarian but came here just to see your beautiful pictures .I love all the pics in your blog

Foodie Ann February 4, 2011 at 9:29 AM  

That table is full of mouthwatering dishes...I wish I was there too....:(

Prathima Rao February 4, 2011 at 11:18 AM  

What an awesome spread!!! Mom`s recipes are the best!!! I specially love ur suji halwa..;) And yes I did miss ur post..;( But glad ur back..:)

Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Priya Suresh February 4, 2011 at 11:45 AM  

Droolworthy dishes,beautiful spread..Wonderful ..

My Kitchen Antics February 4, 2011 at 11:52 AM  

urs is the first blog im visiting after my break n i seem to have missed a lot..lucky bum...u have ur mom with u..
chilly chicken looks fab

Angie's Recipes February 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM  

What a feast! You cook so well.

Malar Gandhi February 4, 2011 at 3:05 PM  

Moms food are always great'...beautiful spread...hearty meals, perfect for Sunday lunch with friends and family:)

Treat and Trick February 4, 2011 at 4:01 PM  

What a well presented feast! All look so yum, love the suji halwa mould you've used and of course your amazing click.....

Suja Manoj February 4, 2011 at 4:10 PM  

Oh dear, delicious spread, a real feast,drool drool

Satya February 4, 2011 at 4:48 PM  

for vegetarian version can I substitute chicken with paneer pls? the spread is so tempting that I can't wait to have a vegetarian version of it.

Sharon @ Fun and Life February 4, 2011 at 6:23 PM  

What. A. Feast!! I love your photos, I always do. But wow does all the food look good! Chicken briyani looks delish! YUM! Even my drool is drooling haha ;)

Smitha February 4, 2011 at 9:47 PM  

Oh my everything looks so colorful & delicious,you must be enjoying mom's company & food !!! simply superb & as usual amazing clicks!!

Couscous & Consciousness February 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM  

OMG, Ananda, what a beautiful selection of dishes - I would love every single one of these. I so wish I could come to your place for Sunday lunch :-)
Sue xo

Unknown February 5, 2011 at 1:15 PM  

Dear Ananda,
I would love to try all of them..
This is a real feast!

Have a nice week end!

Anonymous February 5, 2011 at 3:45 PM  

Vibrant is a great word to describe not only what I'm sure the afternoon was, but also the wonderful colors of the dishes you presented. We eat with our eyes first, and that's one of many reasons I adore Indian food -- so beautiful! Do you have a recipe for the dum aloo? I'm planning to make sag paneer (completely from scratch for the first time!) next week, and I thought a potato curry of some sort would go well alongside.



Suji February 5, 2011 at 5:29 PM  

Oh my, how i wish my mom is with me too, Everything looks great and is really a feast to our eyes Ananda...Yummm

Sanjeeta kk February 5, 2011 at 5:50 PM  

What a lovely spread, Ananda! Don't forget to do extra bit of walking after all these scrumptious treats :)

? February 5, 2011 at 7:50 PM  

Ananda, you/ your mom must know this old shop, Variety Stores in General Bazaar. Friends who have grown up there introduced us btu we are more recent residents of the city.

chow and chatter February 6, 2011 at 11:30 PM  

lovely spread enjoy your mum, wish mine enjoyed cooking

C&G February 7, 2011 at 12:03 AM  

wow, all these spiced dishes look delicious... are we invited for the next sunday lunch??

aipi February 7, 2011 at 3:08 AM  

That is one amazing, beautiful and delicious looking spread :)

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Unknown February 7, 2011 at 9:55 AM  

Umm Mymoonah ha ha agree with that completely! welcome any time to get urself treated :)

Swathi oh yes indeed, can't disagree probably it is all the love that they mix in :)

Smitha Yes i'm enjoyig to the maximum, thanks :)

Pushpa Thanks :)

Tanvi@Sinfully Neighbors envy owner's pride :D Yes Tanvi, that makes all the dam difference! Sigh that is why they say heaven lies in mom's feet!

Biny Anoop Missed you too dear, awee thank you so very much, glad to see you back in action :)

Anna Johnston Yes it is Ann, feel like i'm in heaven nothing to do, totally taken care off, what i can i ask for! My pleasure :)

Kavitha How sweet, pl do thanks :)

blushingstrawberries yes feels refreshed after a break, when brain actully starts to work! thanks :)

My attempt at The Julie/Julia project thanks you dear :)

? Oh is it? may be due the addition of coconut milk in it? Thank, and glad you are in my native place have a fab stay in wonderful place :)

Indian Cuisine Blogroll Thanks for stopping by and for ur kind words of appreciation :)

Akila Oh thank you :)

Padhu yes i'm, awee thank you so much , means a lot to me love ya :)

Foodie Ann Feel free to drop in any time ;) it's all urs!

Prathima Rao awee thank you darling, suji is my fav too :D

Priya Thanks :)

An Open Book Ohh awee sweet of you hon, good to have ur back! have been missing ur wit! Should i say have become super lazy bum with around the corner :)

Angie's Recipes thanks you :)

Malar Gandhi oh yes it was, thanks! :)

Treat and Trick thank you so very much :)

Suja Sugathan thank you :)

Satya Panner sounds like a great substitute for veg, sorry that i could post veg version, next time shall try to post in good veg recipe :) .

Sharon @ Fun and Life Thank you sharon, ha ha i do adore ur style and what you have been up too at this young age :)

Smitha oh yes i'm to the best thank you :)

Couscous & Consciousness Most welcome Sue, would be more than happy to have over here and discussion more about all the good food you make :)

Cucina di Barbara ye sit was big feast indeed, thank you so much :)

squirrelbread Awee thank you much for stopping by Heather, your words of appreciation means a lot me, takes me further, will soon drop in a email with the recipe :)

Kairali sisters can understand how it feels like, try to import ur mum Suji :)

Sanjeeta kk ha ha that was one goof needed advice, thanks dear, have completely forgotten about it, will try to get back on track :)

Chow and Chatter thank you :)

C&G absolutely why not, hop in this Sunday :)

aipi Thank you :)

Prathima Rao February 7, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

I have a surprise waiting for u in my blog..Do drop in & check it out..;)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Pavithra Elangovan February 7, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

OMG what a wonderful feast and wonderful menu..lucky girl enjoying moms food and Ananda i am seriously tempted seeing the visual treat.. Pictures are classic asusual.

Tahemeem February 8, 2011 at 4:49 AM  

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Indian Khana February 8, 2011 at 5:43 AM  

Beautiful pics ...looks so gud ...love the recipes n your blog...wonderful space you have...so glad to follow you

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen February 8, 2011 at 7:57 AM  

Ananda...I have not been catching up with u lately....and I see u were busy as well so hopefully I havent missed much. Mom still there haa !! So J! Look at that food. LOVE it!

P.S - Pluease temme how u take pictures on white backgrounds. I seem to stuck at it!

Sarah Naveen February 8, 2011 at 5:43 PM  

What a yummy feast gal..
i wish i was there :)... so delicious..

Namitha February 8, 2011 at 6:39 PM  

Wonderful spread :-) Lovely color you got for chili chicken :-)and the pics are to die for

Prerna@IndianSimmer February 8, 2011 at 6:59 PM  

Oh my goodness that really reminded me of mom ka khana! I'm planning to go meet family very soon and this post just made me homeseick!!
Thanks for sharing the recipe Ananda.
On a diff. note I just wanted to let u know that ur blog take a li'l too much time to open up every time I visit, not sure if its the photo size or something else. U might wanna check. Thanks!

Torviewtoronto February 9, 2011 at 4:58 AM  

delicious food and combination so many favourites looks wonderful

Unknown February 9, 2011 at 9:42 AM  

Prathima Rao and My attempt at The Julie/Julia project Thanks a lot gals, will hop in to check :)

I have a surprise waiting for u in my blog..Do drop in & check it out..;)

Pavithra Oh yes lucky me, thanks pavithra! :)

Priti Thanks for stopping by Priti and for kind words of appreciation :)

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen Me too Kulsum, i have been hanging around, not all you haven't missed anything very special...ha ha i like that..oh sure i shall drop you an email during the weekend may be :)

Sarah Naveen why thinking come home sometime ? ;)

Gulmohar awee thank you very much :)

Prerna@IndianSimmer Oh sorry that it made you go all home sick, i know how it feels, since days are running soon you will be with ur family enjoying mom's food. Thanks for letting me know Prerna, very kind of you, believe it was becoz of pictures i had 5 post per page now i have reduced the load to about 2 post page, hope it should be ok, will have another check soon :)

Torviewtoronto Thanks :)

Catherine February 9, 2011 at 2:26 PM  

Looks like you've taken after your mum in the cooking stakes! :) Hope you are both having a wonderful time together and I'm sure we all look forward to having your undivided blog attention again hee hee :)

Soma February 10, 2011 at 4:52 AM  

I have in my hands a plate of rice and beans and believe me it is not fun looking at all your gorgeousness and not having to eat them. mom's food is definitely magic and so are your photographs.

Nessie @ bakingequalslove February 10, 2011 at 11:20 PM  

Wow what an amazing feast!!! We've just been to Sri Lanka and was introduced to the delights of biriyani - YUMMO!

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Devaki February 11, 2011 at 4:48 AM  

Oh jeez what a treat! And right you are - Mom ka khana - what a treat what with biryani and chicken and the lovely dessert! I just died and went to heaven :)

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Raw_Girl February 11, 2011 at 3:46 PM  

First time here...fantastics photos!

Suman Singh February 14, 2011 at 6:23 AM  

Hi Ananda,
I hope you doing good..It has been long since I last came here..missed on great dishes.
Everything out there looks so yummy and delicious..mom's food is always the BEST!

Diana February 17, 2011 at 10:18 PM  

Hi Ananda!
Landed on ur blog a few days ago! Totally love it. Hats off to your baking skills. But I must tell you I was quite disappointed to see MSG in the chilly chicken.
Keep up the good work!

Unknown February 18, 2011 at 9:12 AM  

Catherine ahem ahem how did u get that right? sometime though i will ask mum to chill out so that we could order for some food, she insists on cooking at home and enjoy the warmth of it! Mum's are always special...we are having a sooper good time...now i not going to talk on that! :)

Soma, sorry about why not come home sometime? ;) yes you are right, they mix the ingredient of love to bring the magic ...Thanks :)

Nessie Thanks for the ur kind words to describe about my blog :)

Devaki i'm joining you there ha ha :D

Raw_Girl Thanks for stopping by and for ur words of appreciation! :)

Suman Singh so good to have you back Suman missed you around here...Thanks :)

Diana, thank you so much for your kind words that drives me further and glad you liked :) Oh sorry about it Diana, to be honest it is not mandatory in the recipe, may be i should mention above too, chilly works pretty well even without it!

Good Pediatrician in Chennai March 1, 2011 at 2:48 PM  

yumm...veg biryani...this seems easy enough...this is a must try...will get back

Karthik March 3, 2011 at 2:28 PM  

Nice recipe...one comment is may be you can avoid using the word 'throw'. Doesnt feel good while reading, when you say throw rice, chicken etc ... :)

Unknown March 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM  

@Good Pediatrician in chennai Thanks, pl do!

@Karthik Point noted, thank you :)

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