Turkey Biryani, Vaankozhi Biryani

turkey biryani, vaankozhi biryani

Today I am here with Turkey Biryani Recipe. Turkey is called Vaankozhi in Tamil. This is a easy recipe for preparing turkey biryani in one pot. You can call it a easy one pot meal. I have prepared this in a cast iron dutch oven but you can prepare this in any heavy bottomed pan or even in pressure cooker. I have used boneless turkey pieces for preparing this biryani, but you can use turkey pieces with bones too. Marination of turkey is a must in this recipe, otherwise it might not catch the flavour and  will be bland. I have mentioned the minimum marination time here as I have used boneless turkey and I have cut it into thin slices. But you can marinate it overnight in refrigerator when using turkey with bone.  Marinate for more time for flavourful turkey. Let us see how prepare turkey biryani now.

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Turkey Biryani

Easy recipe for preparing turkey biryani. A tasty one pot meal.
Category : One Pot Meal
Recipe Developed, Cooked and Clicked by :
Published : December 22, 2016
Prep time : 1 hour (including marination time); Cook time : 30 mins; Total time : 1 hour 30 mins
Yield : 4 servings


To Marinate :

  • Turkey : 500 gms
  • Lemon Juice : From half lemon (about 2 Tablespoons)
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Chilli Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Salt : To taste

Other ingredients :

  • Basmati Rice : 2 Cups
  • Onion : 2 medium sized
  • Green Chillies : 2 nos.
  • Tomatoes : 1 medium sized
  • Oil : 1.5 Tablespoon
  • Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
  • Fennel Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
  • Cloves : 4 nos.
  • Cardamom : 4 nos.
  • Cinnamon : 1″ long
  • Bay Leaf : 1 no.
  • Ginger Garlic Paste : 2 Tablespoons
  • Coriander Powder : 1 Tablespoon
  • Chilli Powder : 1 Teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder : 1 Teaspoon
  • Cilantro : handful
  • Mint Leaves : handful
  • Salt : to taste

Instructions :

  1. Clean, wash and cut turkey into pieces of required size. Then marinate it with ingredients listed under “to marinate” for minimum of 1 hour.
  2. Wash and soak basmati rice in enough water for 30 minutes. Then drain excess water and keep it aside.
  3. Slice onions, chop tomatoes and slit green chillies. Then wash and chop cilantro and mint leaves.
  4. Heat oil and ghee in a heavy bottomed pan, then add fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaf and fry.
  5. Then add sliced onions, green chillies and fry till they turn slightly golden.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes, ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, mix well and cook till tomatoes turn mushy.
  7. Now add the marinated turkey, chopped cilantro mint leaves and mix well. Cover and cook till the turkey is cooked. No need to add water, as turkey will release water.
  8. Then open the cover, add required water ( about 2.25 cups to 2.5 cups depending on the liquid in the pot) and salt, bring it to boil.
  9. Now add the (soaked and drained) basmati rice and mix well and cover and cook in medium heat till the rice is cooked. It will take about 15 minutes.
  10. Once the rice is cooked, turn off the heat and let it rest for 10 – 15 minutes.
  11. Then open the lid and gently fluff it up and serve.

Notes :

  • Marinating turkey is a must for this recipe. The more marination time the better.
  • I have used boneless turkey here. You can use turkey with bones.
  • Adjust the chilli powder as per your heat tolerance level.
  • I have used cast iron dutch oven. You can use any heavy bottomed pan (5 L capacity) or even pressure cooker.
  • Cooking time for rice varies with the type of pan you use and the rice quality.

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turkey biriyani, vaan kozhi biryani

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