chicken biryani

chicken biryani

A Tribute To My Father..


My father,Sadasivan Raghavan was the happiest man I ever knew.
It was on 6th March,2015 when he succumbed to heart attack unexpectedly ,I was not ready to say “good-bye” at all.

The  health of my soul in ways is due to the love of my father. He was a special father. We had fun everyday living together. Everyday was a special for him, he loved celebrating-he made every single moment of his life memorable.

He loved everyone around him unconditionally. I have never seen anyone who was as loving and caring as him.  He stood tall with his confidence and his very well polished character- a true gentle man at all times.

He lived his life with absolute clarity.He sacrificed personal wants,comforts and sometimes dreams for the betterment of our family.

My father taught me to be sincere and faithfull. He taught me how to endure growing up. I had some hard times growing up, but with his endurance and guidance I learned to keep going .He taught me the difference between right or wrong. Taught me to make proper decisions.

My father was an educated man and a voracious reader. He was quite a humble man of incredible patience and discipline.

I,now, thankfully remember the celebrations we had  and I will  definitely  cherish those memories for a very long time to come. I thank you for your heart. Thank you for your wisdom.Thank you for your strength. Thank you for sacrificing so much for our family. Thank you for an outstanding example to look up to. Thank you for making us laugh until we cry. Thank you for having so much faith. Thank you teaching us things. Thank you for helping me grow. Thank you all the hours you put into making my dream come true. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you making holidays special. Thank you for being a big kid. Thank you for being a man I am beyond proud and honored to call Dad. I love you with all my heart. Thank you my dear father for everything.

Nothing was more delightful to him than a delicious meal. My memories of him about food are flooded with happiness-Food played an integral part in his life.

I have never seen him cooking much, but he was very good at cooking meat dishes though- he loved cooking Biryani’s for our family. Courtsey to his cooking skills  learnt while serving  Indian Army. I have cooked for him many a times and he had always been appreciating me and never complained (may be because he never wanted to discourage me-I am just guessing). One of his all time favorites was Chicken Biriyani. Let me have the privilege to share his recipe with you.


For Chicken

Chicken  1 Kg

Oil     2 Tbsp

Fennel Seeds  1 Tsp

Cinnamon Stick  3 sticks

Star anise   3 pcs

Whole Black pepper 1 Tsp

Chilli powder  2 tbsp

Turmeric powder 2 Tbsp

Coriander powder  1 Tbsp

Gingergarlic paste  1 Tbsp

Ground Pepper   1 Tbsp

Green Chilli slit- 2pcs

Salt to taste

For Rice

Sela Biryani rice- 500 gms

Ghee/Butter – 50 gms

Cinnamon Stick -2 pcs

Star anise- 2 pcs

Raisins- 1 Tbsp

Cashew nuts- 1 Tbsp

Carrots- 100 gms

Green Beans- 100gms

Water- 2 cups

Salt to taste

Method Of Preparation:

Marinate the chicken cubes with the ground spices and salt, set aside for 30 minutes.

marinated chicken

marinated chicken

In a medium pot, heat oil and add whole spices and let it cook until the flavor becomes strong. Add onion, cook for about 7 minutes. Add the powdered spices, cook for 5 minutes.

marinated chicken

Now add the marinated chicken and half a cup of water, bring it to boil and let it simmer until the chicken is tender.Season and check the consistency of the gravy.


For the rice, soak the rice for about 15 minutes, wash and drain completely.

vegetables for the rice

vegetables for the rice

Heat ghee/ butter in a medium sized pan and fry the whole spices and  add the vegetables, cook until tender. Add rice and stir-fry until it becomes crispy. Add hot water (measure the water by the volume of the rice,1:1), add salt, bring to a boil. Reduce the fire and let it come to a simmer, cover and cook on a very slow fire for 15 minutes.

Remember to make the rice flaky by using the back side of the spoon before it cools down.

cooked rice.

cooked rice.

Now you can layer the rice and chicken curry alternatively in a dish and serve hot.

chicken biryani

chicken biryani


Enjoy….Bone Appetite.




One Comment

  1. Kiran Kumar says:

    Very good blog. You have very clearly portrayed the love and respect you had for your father. May his soul rest in peace.

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