Manpaanai Kozhi biriyani / Mudpot Chicken Biriyani
Aug. 22, 2015, 6:35 p.m.

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Manpaanai Chicken biriyani or MudPot Chicken biriyani, recipe with video attached - Manpaanai chicken biriyani is the one that i made for my third episode of rasika rusika tv show. I had presented this for the nostalgic cooking segment and it was an instant hit. The biriyani flew in minutes in the studio itself. Mom was so keen giving me all the tips and tricks, outcome of which is a delicious lipsmacking biriyani. I came back home, made some for family again. And paired it with my favorite naatu kozhi kuzhambu. Clicked couple of shots, packed my cam and dug directly into the biriyani :)  Mudpot and the bananaleaf from nature has its own flavours and aroma :) Definitely try this out :) 

Manpaanai Chicken Biriyani

#foodforsoul - Sharing an excerpt of my osteen's msg here. This did encourage me. It would encourage you too :)

It says in 1 Peter 2:9, “You have been chosen by God Himself.” People may leave you out. People may overlook you. But always remember, the One who matters most chooses you. That means you weren’t randomly chosen. God, on purpose, looked at you and said, “I choose him. I choose her. They’re My son. They’re My daughter. That’s who I want on My team.”

People may tell you, “You’re just too small.” But God says, “You’re just the right size for Me.” People may say, “You’re not talented. We don’t need you. You don’t have anything to offer.” But God says, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are talented. You are creative. You are anointed. You are smart. You are intelligent. You are amazing.”

Whenever we feel that sting of rejection, instead of getting down on ourselves and losing our sense of value, our attitude should be, “I may be disappointed. This may hurt. But I’m not going to sink down into self-pity and start thinking that there is something wrong with me. I know the One who matters most, the One who controls the universe, handpicked me. I may not have been chosen by the coach, the boss, or a friend, but I was chosen by the Most High God; and He says that His plans for me are for good and not evil, to give me a future and a hope.”

Lets check the recipe now :) 

Manpaanai Chicken Biriyani

For full video recipe, click show 


Preparation time : 15 mins    |       Cooking time : 30 to 40 mins      |          Serves : 3



 4 green chillies slit

2 big onions sliced

2 tomatoes chopped

2 tspn ginger garlic paste

handful of mint and coriander leaves each

3/4 tspn red chilly powder

1 tspn coriander powder

1/2 tspn garam masala powder

1/2 tspn saunf powder or sombu thool ( in tamil )

2 tbspn curd 

1/4 kg chicken 

2 tumblers of jeeraga samba rice, approx 1/4kg




gingelly oil 75 ml

3 cloves

3 cardamom

2 cinnamon stick

1 javitri

kalpaasi 1/2 tspn

2 bay leaf


Step 1 - Marinate chicken with curd and keep it aside.

Step 2 - Heat a pan, add a tspn of ghee and roast the rice for a minute in medium flame. Remove the rice from pan, spread on a plate, cover them with a banana leaf. keep it aside.


Step 3 - Heat a handi or mudpot. Add oil. Once the oi is really hot, add the green chillies. Let them splutter in oil. A good biriyani starts here :)

Step 4 - Add the whole garam masala and let them leave out the aroma in oil for a minute in medium flame.

Step 5 - Add the onions and let them fry golden brown.

Step 6 - Once they are about to brown, add ginger garlic paste. Saute them until the raw smell goes off. Keep stirring at this point.

Step 7 - Add the tomatoes, add little salt. Salt helps the tomatoes to cook faster. Cover the pot and cook for 2 minutes in medium flame. Once done, open the pot and mash the tomatoes. The tomato juices would have been infused into the browned onions.

Step 8 - Add mint and coriander leaves randomly chopped. Give a nice stir and let it cook for a minute.

Step 9 - Add red chilly powder, garam masala powder, saunf powder, coriander powder. Give a nice stir and cook for 1 minute in medium flame.

Step 10 - Add the chicken, little salt. Add 1 tumbler of water. Stir well. Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes in medium to high flame. The chicken releases juices and cooks well.

Step 11 - Once the chicken is 90% cooked, add the rice. Give a nice stir and let the rice cook in the chicken masala for a minute in high flame. 

Step 12 - Now add, the remaining water, i.e 3 cups of water. The ratio of rice : water is 1:2. Check seasoning. Add salt if required. Cover the pot and cook in 10 minutes in a medium to high flame. After five mins, give a nice stir and cook in a low flame.

Step 13 - Open the pan and you will be able to see little water over the rice. At this point, add ghee, chopped coriander leaves. Switch off the stove.

Step 14 - Heat a tawa. Place the pot on the tawa. Cover the pot with a banana leaf and a lid. Place a weight upon the lid. Let it cook in this dhum style for the next 10 minutes. The rice cooks well in the sealed juices, aroma and becomes fluffy upon absorbing all the steam.

Step 15 - Switch off the stove once done. Give a gentle stir. And serve hot with a nice raita and chips :) 

Please do try out this delicious manpaanai biriyani and let me know your comments. Your comments help me grow. You can reach out for any doubts via mail or FB msg. Also, do not forget to send a picture when you try them, so that I can feature your creation on my FB page :)

Love & Shalom,


Jofy Abraham
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