White Chicken Biryani | Perfect Chicken Biryani Recipe | How to make White Chicken Dum Biryani | Sofiyani Biryani

White Chicken Biryani | Perfect Chicken Biryani Recipe | How to make White Chicken Dum Biryani | Sofiyani Biryani- Biryani are of many kinds and each Biryani has its own specialty. And this White Chicken Biryani is even more special! Here is a detailed recipe of the aromatic Special Chicken Biryani with images and a video.

It is only Biryani that can completely transform a day. I do not know the origins of this White Chicken Biryani but I ate it for the first time in a Goa restaurant. When I enquired about it, the Goa chef said it was a local variety. But Google told me it is was also a Lucknow specialty and another Chef claimed it was a Mumbai special.

But wherever it was first made, I ate it in Goa so I will call it a Goa recipe. It is also called a Sofiyani Biryani and it is not spicy like others but has a fragrant, balanced taste. It just melts in your mouth.

It is similar to Chicken Biryani and needs Dum too. But the ingredients we use in the Chicken are different. It has less of Mirchi and more of Masalas and Ghee. Follow these tips for a tasty White Chicken Biryani!

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  1. For Biryani, Chicken should always have a Biryani Cut. In fact, for Biryanis made in large quantities, Rice and Chicken should be taken in equal quantities. Because I am making it in a small quantity I have taken double the Chicken for the Rice.

  2. If the Chicken is coated with Masalas and kept in the fridge for two hours, the flavours will seep into the Chicken.


  1. Basmati Rice should always be of a good brand and older than one year for the Biryani.

  2. Basmati Rice should always be cooked on a high flame. Only then will it not become a soft paste after Dum. And after dum rice will not stay fluffy.

  3. Cooking Rice to 60% means the Rice grain should still have a little bit of hard grain.

  4. If the Salt is more while the Rice is cooked, then the Salt will get nicely absorbed. Later, it is impossible to adjust Salt at any stage. Remember, the boiling Water should be as salty as sea water.

Ghee-Oil:This Biryani tastes good if you use Oil-Ghee in the proportion that I have suggested.

Mirchi: You should not use Red Mirchi powder for this Biryani. All the spice must come from the four Green Chillies and the Biryani must be aromatic with the Masalas.

Rose Water: I had dried Rose Petals so I used them. But you could use 1 tsp of Rose Water that is used for cosmetic purposes.

Saffron: If you have it, use it. It gives a nice aroma.

Dum : I have used tissues for the Dum. You could use a Banana leaf or a leaf plate so that the steam does not escape. Seal tightly and do Dum. Then the Biryani gets cooked as I have said. Fried Onions: I had fried Onion so I used it. But you can fry the Onion, and use the rest of the Oil in the Biryani. That adds great taste.

White Chicken Biryani | Perfect Chicken Biryani Recipe | How to make White Chicken Dum Biryani | Sofiyani Biryani - Recipe Video

White Chicken Biryani | Perfect Chicken Biryani Recipe | How to make White Chicken Dum Biryani | Sofiyani Biryani

Non Veg Biryanis | nonvegetarian
  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Cook Time 30 mins
  • Resting Time 2 hrs
  • Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
  • Servings 4


  • To marinate Chicken
  • 1/2 kilo Chicken
  • 1/2 cup Fried Onions
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Garam Masala
  • 250 ml Fresh Curd
  • 1/4 cup Milk Cream
  • 3 Green Chillies (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp Cashew Nut paste
  • Green Coriander chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • To cook Chicken
  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 4 Cardamoms
  • 5 Cloves
  • 2 Black Cardamoms
  • 1 Biryani leaf
  • 1 tsp Black Cumin
  • 2 inches Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 tsp Star Anise
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 300 ml Water
  • To cook Rice
  • 2 liters Water
  • 1 tsp Black Cumin
  • 6 Cardamoms
  • 2 inches Cinnamon
  • 6 Cloves
  • 1 tsp Shahi Jeera
  • 2 tbsp Rose Petals/Rose Water
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 3 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 4 Green Chillies (Chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 Nutmeg
  • Saffron – A pinch
  • 1.5 cup Basmati Rice (soaked)
  • For Dum
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/4 cup Saffron Milk (Milk with a little bit of Saffron)
  • 1/4 cup Water in which Rice has been boiled


  1. Add all the ingredients for marinating the Chicken, massage the Chicken well and refrigerate for two hours.
  2. Melt Ghee in a pan and add all dry Masalas and roast for 30 seconds. Add the marinated chicken and fry on a high flame until oil separates.
  3. Once the Oil surfaces, add 300 ml water, mix and cover and cook for 15 minutes. If you cook on a medium flame for 15 minutes, the gravy thickens.
  4. Water has to be boiled to cook Rice and add all the ingredients and boil on a high flame.
  5. Add Rice to the boiling water and cook on a high flame to 60%. Then the 60% cooked Rice should be spread in two layers in the vessel in which the Biryani has to be cooked.
  6. On the 60% cooked Rice, spread the Chicken Curry evenly. Cook the Rice for another five minutes on a high flame to 70%. Spread it as another layer.
  7. Cook for another five minutes to 80%. Spread that at the last evenly in the vessel.
  8. Ghee and Oil should be poured together on Biryani Rice. And then add Saffron Milk and the Water that has been used to boil Rice along the edge of the Vessel.
  9. Put tissues on the Rice, sprinkle Water, cover, and Dum it on a high flame for 8 minutes and on low flame for 7 minutes. Switch off the stove and leave the Rice to rest for 20 minutes on the stove. After 20 minutes, mix it from the bottom slowly.
  10. This Biryani tastes good with Mirchi Ka Salan and Raitha.

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  • R
    Ravi Kumar
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    Super 👌 undi anna recipe I like this Biryani
  • R
    Ravi Kumar
    Recipe Rating:
    Super 👌 undi anna recipe I like this Biryani
  • R
    Ravi Kumar
    Super 👌 undi anna recipe I like this Biryani
  • H
    Harika Pedaprolu
    Vey nice recipe... I tried it and it became my favourite food... 😋
  • R
    hai teja garu am big fan of your videos i loved your videos and also i first see your video only after click you tube on my mobile...........thank u once again for your tips for any item.............i improved MY cooking skills thank you once again
  • N
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    Very nice explanation sir ...can I know one cup how many ml
  • V
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    Looks soooo yummy.....
  • J
    Recipe Rating:
    Super sir
  • S
    Plz mention rice quantity sir.... Thank you....
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    Saritha Gudavalli
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    Hallo sir meeru post chesina details chaduvuthunte meeru matlaadinatlu anipistundi .....
  • D
    Nice White Chicken Biryani super idea I Like it Thankyou Vismai food We learn and do it ourselves it's Good thank you
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