10Chicken legsor bone-in pieces, make gashes on the pieces
1 1/2teaspoonschili powder
20mint leavesroughly chopped
2cupsBasmati ricesoaked for 20 minutes
2handfuls Mint leaveschopped
2pinchessaffronsoaked in 1 tablespoon water for 5 minutes
In a large bowl, combine the chicken along with the above mentioned ingredients ‘to marinate chicken’. Combine well and let marinate for 30 minutes.
Just before you start sautéing the onion, soak the Basmati rice in 2 cups water separately for 20 minutes.
Turn on the Instant Pot. Click Sauté Mode (More). Wait until the “Hot” sign is displayed.
Add ghee, and add bay leaves and whole cardamom to the ghee, sauté for 2 seconds.
Add onions, season with 1/4 teaspoons salt. Sauté for a few minutes till onions turn translucent.
Add ginger- garlic paste and saute onions till they turn brown- takes about 15 minutes. It’s important that the onions turn brown- enhances the taste of the biryani.
Add the marinated chicken pieces and combine well. Click cancel to turn off sauté mode.
Close the pot with the lid. Turn the knob to sealing and click Manual: high pressure, set time to 5 minutes.. Walk away. It will take 5 minutes for the pressure to build and 5 minutes to pressure cook.
After the beep, turn the knob to venting and do a quick pressure release. Pressure will be released completely in a minute. Open the lid, there will be around 1 cup of chicken broth left in the pot.
Drain the rice in a strainer and slightly rinse under running water.
Add 2 cups of rice and add 1 cup regular water (for 2 cups basmati rice 2 cups liquid is required).
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon ghee (optional), mint leaves and chopped cilantro. Combine well.
Add 2 pinches of saffron soaked in 1 tablespoon water, combine well.
Close the pot with the lid. Turn the knob to sealing and click Manual: high pressure, set time to 5 minutes.. Walk away.
After the beep, do a quick pressure release. Open the lid, fluff using a fork.
If you prefer, you could garnish with roasted cashew nuts and raisins. Serve along with raita, pickle, pappad etc. It’s finger linking delish!!!