How to make Dum Pukht Biryani

By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: July 13, 2017
How to make Dum Pukht Biryani

Dum Pukht Biryani is a well-liked dish in India and the neighboring areas. The words 'Dum Pukht' means 'choking off steam'. If you want to know how to make Dum Pukht Biryani, you must know that in this recipe, basmati rice is prepared with layers of meat or marinated chicken in a pan with heavy bottom. It should be sealed with dough, and cooked on low flame. The biryani is allowed to cook in steam and its own juices, allowing all the herbs and spices to infuse completely in the rice and the meat. In this way, the taste as well as the nutritional elements of the food is kept preserved. Here at oneHOWTO, we are going to give you a recipe for making Dum Pukht Biryani.

Between 1 & 2 hours medium difficulty
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Steps to follow to make this recipe:

The first step to make Dum Pukht biryani is to cut your chicken into 2 inch small cubes

How to make Dum Pukht Biryani - Step 1

Marinate the chicken with coriander leaves, chopped green chilles, chili powder, turmeric powder, all spice and yogurt.

How to make Dum Pukht Biryani - Step 2

Heat oil in a pan, add ground cashew nut, coconut, poppy seeds and ginger garlic paste to it, and mix well so that the dum pukht byriani can get all of the flavors.


Add the perfectly blended tomatoes to this, and fry well. Make sure the tomatoes are fresh, they will give the dish a much better taste.

How to make Dum Pukht Biryani - Step 4

Add marinated chicken to this mixture, cover the lid, and let it cook until the chicken is completely done.


Take a pan and arrange half of the boiled rice in it.

How to make Dum Pukht Biryani - Step 6

Top it with the mixture of chicken, and sprinkle nutmeg and mace on it.


Cover with rest of the boiled rice, and top with the mixture of milk and saffron.

How to make Dum Pukht Biryani - Step 8

Spread brown onion on top, and cover the lid. Let it cook for 30 minutes on low flame, until done. Serve with kachoomar. Enjoy!

If you enjoyed this recipe, we recommend trying moong ki daal, another authentic Indian dish. Also, we suggest having a look at our easy chicken and vegetable stew recipe.

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Raita mad
Hi there Nidhi,

I would like to ask, as I am a convinced vegetarian but used to love some dum pukht biryani when I ate meat. Would it be possible to use some form of tofu instead of the chicken for this recipe? If so, what is the best type of tofu to use and what would be the preferable cooking method?

Thank you very much and best wishes!

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