Biryani is a mixed rice dish with its primary origins among the Muslims in India. It is debatable as to whether the Mughals or Arab traders brought the dish to India. Chicken biryani is almost synonymous with Hyderabad and it is no coincidence that the Nizams (Muslim rulers – first as an annex of the Mughals) ruled this part of the Deccan for over two hundred years.
1 (1.5 kilograms) free range chicken jointed in to 8 – 10 pieces
3 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
5 tablespoons vegetable oil