Chicken Donne Biryani Recipe - Bangalore Shivaji Military Style

Chicken Donne Biryani Recipe is very popular in the city of Bangalore. The steaming hot biryani is served in a large dried palm leaf cups called 'Donne' and hence the name. You can serve it with Raita of your choice.

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Chicken Donne Biryani Recipe - Bangalore Shivaji Military Style
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Chicken Donne Biryani Recipe, is found and sold by many vendors and restaurants in almost all over the city of Bangalore.

The Biryani is made using the South Indian special rice called Seeraga Samba/Jeeraga Samba rice, which is cooked in a freshly ground masala of fresh coriander and mint leaves along with some whole spices 

In Bangalore, a very popular restaurant named 'Shivaji Military Hotel' serves the best Donne Biryani in town.

Traditionally the biryani  prepared in a huge copper vessels over charcoal stoves and served in a leaf container called Donne. "Donne" in the local language means large cups made with dried palm leaves. The steaming hot biryani is served in these Donnes and hence the name of the biryani. 

Serve this Chicken Donne Biryani Recipe along with Pudina & Dhaniya Raita Recipe, Roasted Papad and Satvik Carrot Sprout Salad for a hearty Sunday lunch. 

Take a look at some more styles of Chicken Biryani Recipes

  1. Lucknowi Murg Biryani (Awadhi Chicken Biryani) Recipe
  2. Thalapakattu Chicken Biryani Recipe
  3. Ambur Star Chicken Biryani Recipe



Cuisine: Karnataka
Course: Main Course
Diet: Non Vegeterian
Prep in

40 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

70 M


4 Servings


    For the marination
  • 500 grams Chicken , washed and cleaned
  • 1/2 cup Curd (Dahi / Yogurt)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • Salt , to taste
  • For the green biryani masala
  • 1/2 cup Coriander (Dhania) Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Mint Leaves (Pudina)
  • 4 Green Chillies
  • Other ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Seeraga (Jeeraga) Samba rice , washed and soaked
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 Bay leaf (tej patta)
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 2 Cloves (Laung)
  • 1 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
  • 2 Star anise
  • 2 Onions , thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Ginger , finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Garlic , finely chopped
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Chicken Donne Biryani Recipe - Bangalore Shivaji Military Style

  1. To begin making the Chicken Donne Biryani Recipe, thoroughly clean and wash the chicken pieces.

  2. *For the marination

  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the chicken, yogurt, turmeric powder, salt and lemon juice. Nicely massage the chicken for 5 minutes and then allow it to rest for a minimum of 30 minutes.

  4. *For the green biryani masala

  5. In a mixer-jar combine the coriander leaves, mint leaves, and green chilies and grind to a thick fine paste along with some water. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  6. To make the Donne Biryani, in a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil on medium flame, add all the whole spices including bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom and star anise, let this sizzle.

  7. Once the whole spices have sizzled add ginger and garlic paste and the sliced onions, fry until the onions turn golden brown in colour. This will take about 5 minutes.  

  8. Once the ginger-garlic-onion mixture has cooked well, add in the chicken pieces along with the marinade. Mix and continue to cook the entire mixture for 5-7 more minutes, stirring continuously.

  9. Finally add in the freshly ground green biryani masala and washed and drained rice, 3 cups of water into the pan. Give the Chicken Donne Biryani a good mix and cover the pan. Turn the flame to the lowest heat.

  10. In a saucepan, boil water and turn off the flame and place this hot pan on the lid of the kadai. This process is done in order to seal the kadai in which the Chicken Donne Biryani is cooking. The heat from the hot water in the saucepan provides heat from the top.

  11. After 20-25 minutes open the lid to check if the chicken and rice is done. If its is done, lightly fluff up the Chicken Donne Biryani with a fork . Transfer the Donne Biryani into a serving plate and serve piping hot.

  12. Serve this Chicken Donne Biryani Recipe along with Pudina & Dhaniya Raita RecipeRoasted Papad and Satvik Carrot Sprout Salad for a hearty Sunday lunch.