Dajaj Moti Biryani

Do not get surprised by the name. Dajaj Moti Biryani is nothing but Chicken Kofta Biryani.
Sounds Interesting right. Yes, we all love Biryani and when its pure chicken and no bones, it makes it even more enticing. The process is lengthy but we can go to any extent to enjoy a plate of perfectly cooked biryani.

If you happen to work in India, you would know how many fridays are dedicated to Biryani Dekchis. So next time, when you think of pot luck or Biryani Party, perhaps you can pick this to have a blast with your friends.

For the Kofta or Chicken Moti:
350 gm minced chicken
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 dry red chili
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
½ cup mint leaves chopped
½ cup coriander leaves chopped
Salt to taste
1 tsp garam masala
Freshly Ground Pepper (according to taste)
1 small onion chopped very finely
1 tsp cornflour/besan

For the Marination :

1 small onion chopped
2 tomatoes chopped
1 green chili chopped
1 cup mint and coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp dry kasuri methi
1 tbsp Biryani Masala
Thick Extract of 1 coconut
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 cup water
2 tbsp curd
Salt to taste
1 tbsp oil

For the Rice :

2.5 cups rice
3 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
1 mace
3 green cardamom
1 black cardamom
3-4 pepper corn
1 tbsp ghee

4-5 Deep Friend Onion
Some Saffron Strands soaked in ½ cup warm milk.

Method to cook :

Dry roast red chili , cumin seeds and coriander seeds and grind to a powder.
Mix along with other ingredients for the kofta . Make lemon size balls and keep aside.

Heat oil in a deep bottom pan.
Add onion and cook till brown.
Add ginger garlic paste. Add chopped tomatoes and cook till pulpable.
Add green chilies, min and coriander leaves.
Add dry kasuri methi.
Add biryani masala.
At this stage, add the beaten curd,coconut extract and water.
Add little salt . Don’t add too much as koftas have salt too.
Bring it to boil. Add the kofta balls at this time and allow the balls to cook in gravy for 10 minutes .
The gas should be at low flame.

For cooking the rice, add ghee to another pan.
Add the dry khada garam masala.
Add soaked rice at this time and cook till rice is well coated with ghee.
Add 2.5 cups of water and Cover the pan.
Cook till water dried out. Open the lid and mix the rice gently.
Rice will be half done.

Take 1/3rd of the fried onion and sprinkle over the kofta gravy.
Add the cooked rice over it. Sprinkle rest of the Fried onion evenly.
Gently spread the kesar milk .
Cover the pot with a flat lid. Put some heavy weight over it. I generally put some container filled with water.
Take a Pan and place it over gas. Put the pot over it and cook it on lowest flame available for 20-25 minutes.
Kofta Biryani is ready to be served with some Cool Cucumber Raita


  1. Omg, wat a droolworthy biryani, i dont bother to have them even now, very tempting dish..

  2. looks very yum, have not tried using koftas in biryani, great idea soma...

  3. This is a super idea!! Biriyani looks great...

  4. LOvely dish...bookmarked it....

  5. Looks delicious and very innovative biryani..would love to try this out sometime soon..thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi Soma

    The Biriyani looks super delicious. Also I must congratulate you for coming up with the idea of using minced chicken. Very Innovtivr.

    Hamaree Rasoi

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