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Thalassery Biriyani – Chicken Dum Biryani


Thalassery Biriyani – for my readers with love.

This post for Thalassery Biriyani has been in my drafts for a long while now. I make it so often but shooting the photographs, video and getting it all together, in the final cut – for some reason took a looooong time.  I hope you will try this recipe and give me feedback. To my loyal readers and recipe testers. This one’s for you folks!  Scroll down for the video.

Thalaserry, a Coastal Town in the Malabar Region of Kerala is home to the origination of many a mouth-watering delicacy. The people love their food and love to serve even more.  Thalassery Biriyani is one of my favorites (I have tested a LOT of Biriyanis).

This Biriyani is made traditionally with a shorter grain rice known as ‘Kaima‘. The scent offered by this variety of rice might be one of the key factors. When I can’t find ‘Kaima’ Rice also known as ‘Jeerakasala’ Rice, however, good quality basmati can be used with the same great taste.

Unlike some Biriyani Rice preparations, the rice for Thalassery Biriyani is not cooked in excessive water and drained when 75 % cooked. It is cooked with ghee and spices with a specific amount of water till it is cooked but not overcooked. Then this rice is layered in the’DUM’ – Sealed method of cooking that allows no steam to escape during the cooking process.

Green Chillies is also an essential ingredient to this Biriyani. However, the amount of green chillies can be reduced to suit your taste. Try out different varieties of green chillies to give the dish some notable difference each time.

Another key ingredient is the fried crispy onions, that are crushed and added to the chicken masala. This is known as ‘Bista’ and the flavors permeate throughout the dish – such a pleasing taste.

Edit (October 2017) – This recipe has turned out to be quite the hit here on RAS. I have received so many messages from you telling me how you have loved it. Thank you so much. The special Biriyani Masala that you see in this recipe was developed by me over many years and it really is another reason for the success of this dish.

I was alerted about a youtube channel in the Malayalam language that has practically copied my whole recipe. I know my recipe back to front and since it was developed by me, it was disheartening to see such a blatant act of plagiarism. But hey, only the best recipes are copied like that right? As a hard working blogger, however, I really believe we should not pass off someones recipe as our own.. This is why I prefer to ask friends for recipes and develop recipes from taste testing, instead of reading other blogs or copying recipes from videos. Ah well let’s leave that for what it is.

Thalassery Biriyani – Chicken Dum Biryani
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Kaima Rice makes this Biryani truly authentic and aromatic.

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Recipe Name: Thalassery Biriyani – Chicken Dum Biryani
Recipe Type: Rice
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
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Total time: 1 
Yield: (6 servings)


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Here, Basmati Rice is used.

Key Ingredients: Chicken, Rice, Onion, Garlic, Ginger, Green Chili, Yoghurt,  Mint, Coriander, Vanaspati, Ghee, Oil, Cashewnuts, Raisins, Spices, Salt.

The video of this recipe is available in the Malayalam language. Click to watch the Malayalam Video.

Let us know if you tried –  Thalassery Biriyani – Chicken Dum Biryani .

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  1. Avatar Rishi Joseph 3 years ago

    Really the authentic way of preparing the traditional thalassery biriyani..And its really delicious

  2. Avatar suzen 3 years ago

    lovely recipe,tried it out and it came out really well
    Thankyou so much 🙂

  3. Excellent!!! tried it couple of times…. always awesome!!!

    • Thank you. Happy to hear it! Perhaps the next time you make it you can send us a picture here 🙂 Happy Cooking!

  4. Avatar Lamya 2 years ago

    Tried this recipe and happy to say it was so delicious!!! My 1st biryani!!

  5. Wow! Loved the video. Made it and it was the yummiest!! Thanks so much for this Blog.. I am a Huge fan of your recipes. Hope to see some crab roast recipe soon 🙂

  6. Avatar Dado Pavamani 2 years ago

    WARNING: Attempt this biriyani only if you want to savour something out of this world! Growing up in Kozhikode with cousins in Thalasherry, it was a place I went to frequently. Having lived in the US for over 45 years, I was looking for a good biriyani recipe and I came upon this one and was attracted to it because of where it came from! The recipe reads like Mahabharata, but not to worry. Though lengthy, it is very precise and easy and if you adhere to it, the result will be absolute glory!

  7. Avatar Anita 2 years ago

    Very authentic recipe of Thalasseri biriyani…I have tried it a couple of times..It’s really good ……..I trust your recipes now and bookmarked your website,and keep referring it….Thank you so much…

    • Hi:). I am thrilled that you got good results👍we happen to love this Biryani! I hv a simpler version that always turns out well too I plan to feature that one in my e book .. Look out for that.. Thank you for your support. I try to test out the recipes more than 2times to give accurate results. Its comforting to know that they are helping someone somewhere.. Thank you.

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  9. Avatar Davis 2 years ago

    Tried this out and it came out really well. Although the recipe is a bit long, the level of detail is excellent. I reduced the quantity of ginger and garlic. 1 cup of ginger-garlic paste seemed a bit too much. Might also add that the preparation/cooking time would be slightly on the longer side. That being said, this is one great recipe…thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you.. Glad it turned out to your liking. Its 1/2 cup each of finely chopped ginger and garlic not a paste. And id never think of cutting down on that quantity lol because we love more garlic in there! I will take a look at the timing but must admit.. You do get faster wt it with practice;) hv a great day!

  10. Hello Shana! I prepared your Thalassery biriyani using mutton. Instead of turmeric with rose water, i mixed a little saffron in parts of the rice and sprinkled rosewater in the rice during layering. Because I love the smell and taste of saffron. I followed the rest of your recipe as is. The biriyani turned out amazing. Thank you Shana. Will try out more of your recipes.

    • Dear Aruna,
      Thank you for coming back and leaving your valuable comment. I add saffron occasionally too. So happy you enjoyed it . Do Send me a picture next time:). Thank you for visiting and hope you will come again.

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  12. Avatar Shakira Jamal 1 year ago

    Hi Shana,

    First of all, a big THANKYOU for sharing this well-explained-detailed recipe.i can blindly say that this recipe is the best ever!!!
    It all started with my husbands urge for having biriyani on a fine FRIDAY(biriyani day :p). i always follow my mums recipe, who is a master in thalaseery biriyani. But then this time i thought to give a try for youtube waala recipe. And then your video came up.I did not think twice and started the preparations.
    Each time, i add in the ingredients, the flavour and smell was irresistble. Biriyani masala (cascas was not added) was the show stopper!!!!And finally when the biriyani was put for Dum, i couldnt stop myself from the smell.
    After Friday prayer, he came home and when the biriyani was served to him, he looked at me and said “Did you buy this from Calicut Paragon”. This should be the best compliment !!! :). Same time, he called my mum and said “your daughter is also now a master, any doubt in biriyanii, you can check with her” :p
    Thanks alot for the wonderful recipe.Will defenitely try again and again!!!

    Shakira Jamal

    • Oh my dear, so sweet of you to share your friday Biriyani day story with me 🙂 I am sure your ‘special touch’ contributed to the success of the dish too. Such a compliment 🙂 I share in your joy. We have biryani day at my place too! Thank you for your kind comment!

  13. Avatar dhanu 1 year ago

    I made it yesterday for my guests and it was just a super successful attempt! I tried so many chicken biryani recipes before this, because its my favorite and this is the best. Now I will make this only from next time. Thank you Shana for your effort in describing the recipes so well. I am a fan.

    • Thank you for trying it and letting me know! It’s wonderful to hear 🙂 Please keep visiting.

  14. Avatar jaisy 1 year ago

    Can I make this briyani I mean for half kilo of rice can I use half kg of chicken and half of above all items.. I want to try this for two people. I am waiting for your reply as I really want to try this ,quite inspiration after reading all those rewies

    • Sure, you can halve the recipe… but I always find that the results are better with a minimum of 1 kg meat..
      to halve the recipe, would mean to use 1/2 kg of chicken pieces and 2 cups of rice where (1 cup measure is using a 250 ml cup) so 2 cups of rice would be around 400 gms. and more than sufficient for 2 people. All other ingredients may be halved. Hope this helps and have fun cooking 🙂

  15. Avatar Shabana sajid 11 months ago

    Wow amazing looking biriyani … Will try soon and send pic to you . Have one doubt how it is different from malabar biriyani? Is it also called as kerala biriyani?

    • Shabana, Hi! Hope you will enjoy it with your family. Thalassery Biryani is almost always made with the shorter grain rice (kaima) and uses the water absorption method as opposed to draining rice for biryani. It is more delicately scented. And the Thalassery spice mix is unique too. Those Biryanis called ‘Kerala Biryani’ are often quite different. More color, masala and bolder flavor. I love all types.

  16. Avatar Shabana sajid 11 months ago

    Awesome looking biriyani … Will surely.try … U have mentioned ginger and garlic in cup … Can u pls clearly mention how much spoon or grms it is ? Cup is bit confusing tea cup or baking measuring cup .😕

    • Shabana, Hi. Thank you. All measurements on RAS use a standard measuring cup.. where 1 cup ~ approx 250 ml. Happy Cooking!

  17. Looks like great recipe…..if I want to make this with mutton instead of chicken what are the changes i want to make?

  18. Avatar Mary Augustine 3 months ago

    Excellant…enjoyed the taste..shall try again to expertise..thank you…

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