Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ancient Biryani or Dindigul Thalapakatti Biryani

I made this ancient biryani for the contest,and that turned up into dindigul biryani...In one of the tamil literature of Imperungkappiyam,it has mentioned as "Oon Sooru"  ஊன் சோறு  made with small onions and a few spices...When i tried this recipe,I was surprised it tasted exactly like Thalapakatti Biryani....

Quick Note on Sangakala Unavu
The small onion,cumin and pepper are found during Second millennium BC as said by wikipedia..I wish i could grab many resources of the spices and its origins...I tried it in pressure cooker method,but cooking the rice seperately in dum process also works.

Seeraga Arisi-200 gms
Coconut milk-200 ml (optional)
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-half tsp
Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp
Garam masala-2 cloves,2 cardomon,half inch Cinnamon stick,Bayleaf-1
Ghee-half cup

To make fine paste
Small Onions-20 nos
Coriander leaves-5 stems
Mint leaves-1/2 cup
Green Chilly-5 nos
Peppercorns-1 tsp
Cumin-one and half  tbsp
Cinnamon-6 inch stick
Clove-3 nos
Cardomom-3 nos
Salt to taste


Add the ghee in a pressure cooker,saute the dry spices

Add the chicken and garlic paste and saute them well
Add the curd and turmeric powder and saute it

Grind all the ingredients(Small onions,Green chillies,Cinnamon,cloves,pepper,cumin,coriander and mint leaves) into fine paste 

Add the ashed rice to the chicken in cooker

And the coconut milk to the rice

Add the fine paste,coriander powder and salt to it
Bring to boil

Pressure cook it for 3 whistles..Drizzle some ghee and serve hot

I usually do pressure cooking for this biryani...But can also make by slow cooking process in pan...


  1. Seriously, i can have this yummy inviting briyani anytime of the day, just drooling rite now here..

  2. wow... biryani looks delicious... must give it a try..

  3. wow...excellent recipe Priya...thanks for sharing...biryani looks so tempting and yummy!!

  4. Really very different kind of biryani ...Looks delicious
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  5. I have heard about this dish and we even have a restaurant with the same name in my hometown. Nice to know the history of the dish.Since it is NV I have no idea how it would taste :)

  6. Wow..this is a wonderful recipe..very yum looking.

  7. wow!!Now I am getting hungry!!!Thanks for the step by step recipe...

  8. hi...thnx for this gr8 recipie..just wanted to know can we use the same method for mutton biryani?

  9. hi..can we use the same method for mutton biryani?

    1. Yes. I am using the same method for the last couple of years and its yummy...

    2. Yes, you can... i am using the same method for the last two years...yummy...

  10. Thank you,infinity...U can use mutton,but u have to cook the mutton separately add it to the rice,just instead of chicken.

  11. Thanks Infinity. I just had the same question to post:)
    Thanks Priya for your reply:)

  12. Nice receipe...iam going to try today. thanks 4 the step by step process. one small comment, please add garlic to the ingredients list.. this was missing.

  13. Do we need to paste mint leaves aswell or not? coz in the pic u hv shown mint leaves!!!

  14. We dont need mint for this recipe..I have just used to garnish the biryani


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