Global BC Recipes: Amna’s chicken biryani

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Favourite Family Recipe: Amna’s Chicken Biryani
Trail Appliance's Favourite Family Recipe Contest finalist Amna Ahmed shows Joe Fortes executive chef Wayne Sych how to make her family's chicken biryani – Jun 5, 2021

Last month we asked people to submit their best recipes for the Trail Appliances favourite family recipe contest.

From over 300 entries we have narrowed it down to five finalists. Each of the finalists will make their dish with chef Wayne Sych of Joe Fortes.

Here, finalist Amna shows us how to make a savoury chicken biryani.


  • Basmati Long grained Rice – 1 kg
  • Chicken – 1 kg
  • Chili flakes – ½ Tablespoon
  • Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 Tablespoon
  • Cumin Powder – 1 Tablespoon
  • Coriander Powder – 2 Tablespoon
  • Turmeric – ½ Tablespoon
  • Salt – 2 Tablespoon
  • Black Pepper – ½ Tablespoon
  • Red Chili powder – ½ Tablespoon
  • Garam masala + star anise – ¼ teaspoon
  • Cinnamon Powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Bay Leaves – 3
  • Cardamom pods – 4
  • Tamarind – to taste
  • Water – 3 Cups
  • Orange food colour
  • Pandan Essence
  • Tomatoes sliced – 250 g
  • Onion – Fried – 70 g


  1. Take a large pot and add oil, ginger, garlic paste, chicken, cardamom, bay leaves and chili flakes.
  2. Fry them till the chicken starts turning white.
  3. Remove from heat
  4. In a separate pot add 2 litres water, 4 tablespoon salt, and ¼ cup oil. Bring to a boil
  5. Add your rice to boiling water and boil till they are 75% done, then drain
  6. In your chicken pot, add 3 cups water, tamarind puree and all dry masalas, tomatoes, fried onion (potatoes are optional).
  7. Bring this mixture to a boil.
  8. Add the drained rice, top with ¼ cup oil and some orange food colouring and then cover
  9. Reduce to low heat and let it steam cook for about 10 minutes.
  10. Check your rice to make sure it is well cooked.
  11. Remove form heat and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  12. Your chicken biryani is done.

Biryani is the epitome of Pakistani cuisine, Amna explains. With a rich blend of spices and long grained basmati rice, it is a complete dish of rice, chicken and each bite is bursting with flavour.

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“The earliest and fondest memory I have of this dish is running around in my grandparent’s house while my Nani (Grandmother) and mama made this. This used to be a treat for us and biryani was made on special occasions or when we felt festive. It was symbolized and mandatory on holidays and that is ingrained in our lives that even till this day when we think about our loved ones or feel that we want to treat ourselves we cook this feast.

“I started cooking at a very tender age and all that I know was taught to me by my mom. I have a passion for cooking and experimenting. My mother taught me this and taught to her by her mom and so on. This recipe has been passed on to us by many generations before us. The spices are not always readily available so we stock them to always have them at hand.

“This dish is so close to my heart and gives me comfort. I make it for my family and friends and when you lift the lid after its done cooking/resting, the whole house is filled with fragrant aromas.

“I am sharing this treasure with you today. Hope reading this gives you as much joy as it gave me writing it.”

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