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Chicken Biryani in the Pressure Cooker

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      30 min
      35 min
      1 hr 05 min


    • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 brown onion, diced
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 4cm piece ginger, grated
    • 2 green chilies, deseeded and chopped
    • 500g chicken thigh fillet, diced
    • 1 tsp turmeric
    • 1 tsp cumin, ground
    • 1 tsp garam masala
    • 1 tsp coriander, ground
    • 1 tsp saffron powder
    • 1 cup Basmati rice
    • ½ cup tomato puree
    • 2 cups stock or water
    • 500gm snow peas, lightly blanched
    • 200ml natural yoghurt
    • ¼ bunch mint
    • Salt and pepper to taste



    • Using your Pressure Express Digital Pressure Cooker, select the ‘SAUTÉ’ setting then press the ‘START/CANCEL’ button to commence cooking process. Add vegetable oil in the bowl , allow to heat up.
    • Once hot, add the onions and sauté for 3 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and chilies  and sauté for another 5 minutes. Add chicken and cook for a further 3 minutes.
    • Add spices and toast lightly for 1 minute, add rice, tomato and stock and stir until fully combined.
    • Securely place and seal the lid onto the pressure cooker. Select the  ‘WHITE RICE’ setting and press ‘START/CANCEL’ button. Allow to cook. (Select the ‘WHITE RICE’ setting manual Kambrook Pressure Cooker). 
    • Allow to cook until pre-set cooking display time is complete.
    • In the meantime, combine mint with 2 tablespoons  yoghurt in a small bowl, add salt and pepper to taste. Set yoghurt sauce aside.
    • Release the pressure from the pressure cooker by turning the pressure release valve to the right.
    • Serve chicken on a bed of cooked snow peas. Coat with the mint yogurt sauce and garnish with fresh sprigs of mint.


    TIP: This dish can be made in a larger batch and frozen down for consuming at a later date.

    TIP: If using a slow cooker, follow the first 2 steps, once you add the stock and spices, turn slow cooker onto high and cook for 6  hours, Then follow steps 3 onwards. 

    This recipe was developed using a Kambrook Appliance.


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