the best biryani recipe ever

The Best Biryani Recipe in TEN STEPS

When it comes to the heavenly taste of biryani, a slight mistake can end up becoming a grave sin! A well-seasoned dish with a perfect balance of meat, rice, and masala can make the cook a superstar for the night! Here is one of the best biryani recipe to try for a perfect win over your guests.


Here’s how to make the best Daighi Masala Biryani you’ll ever taste!

The Best Biryani Recipe EVER! (Your 10 Step Noob-Friendly Manual)

BIRYANI: The Dish Of Pure Bliss For Desi Souls


  • Chicken: 1 kg
  • Rice: 5 cups
  • Yogurt: 1 ½ cup
  • Ginger & Garlic paste: 2 ½ tablespoon
  • Tomatoes: 3 medium or small-sized.
  • Onions: 2 medium or small-sized, sliced.
  • Red Chili Powder: 2 teaspoons
  • Red Chili Flakes: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Salt: As per taste
  • Star Anise: 5 Pcs
  • Mint Leaves: 1 cup, finely chopped
  • Chopped Coriander: 1 ½ cup
  • Green Chilies: 4-5 Pcs
  • Milk: 4 tablespoons
  • Dry plums: 5 Pcs
  • Bay leaves: 2
  • Lemon juice: 3 tablespoons
  • Kewra: 1 tablespoon
  • Orange Food Coloring: 1 Pinch
  • Oil: 1 cup
  • Saffron: 4-5 shreds
  • Whole spices:
    Black Pepper (Whole): 5 Pcs
    Black cumin: 1 tablespoon
    2 sticks

    Cardamom: 2 whole, preferably cut in the middle
    Cloves: 3 Pcs

Optional: A ½ teaspoon of biryani essence.


  1. In a pan, add oil and fry the onions until till they turn golden brown.
  2. Now in a blender, blend fried onions, red chili flakes, yogurt, chopped tomatoes, and 3 green chilies. (Don’t have a blender? GET IT HERE)
  3. In a bowl, add chicken, ginger/garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt to taste, 2 green chilies, whole spices, lemon juice and leave it aside to marinate for half an hour.
  4. In a pot, add oil, the marinated chicken, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds, dry plum, salt and the paste that was blended earlier.
  5. Semi-Cook the rice with bay leaves and drain the water.
  6. Once the chicken is fully cooked, add star anise, fresh mint leaves, coriander and mix it well. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  7. Now make layers in the pot with rice and chicken gravy.
  8. Repeat until the layer of rice is at the top.
  9. Add milk mixed with saffron, a pinch of orange food color and a tablespoon of kewra water and add this mixture over the top layer of the rice.
  10. Optional Step: Add one teaspoon of biryani essence to the rice and leave it on the stove on the lowest flame for 5-8 minutes (or as required)

Child, adult or elderly, there is no one who doesn’t enjoy a delicious steaming plate of delicious biryani.

For many Pakistanis, Biryani means serious business!

Next time you have guests coming over, give them a taste of our fool-proof Daighi Masala Biryani! Share your worst/best biryani experience you’ve had in the comments below!

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