Cut chicken into 1.5 inch pieces and place into a bowl with yogurt, Garam Masala, Cumin, Lemon, Salt and Pepper. (This can be made in advance and put in the refrigerator to marinate if you like or make it now.)
Select Sauté/Browning on pressure cooker and allow to fully heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of ghee, half the onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until onions are beginning to soften.
Add raisins and cashews and sauté until onions are soft and browned. Remove raisins and onions from pot and set aside.
Add 2 Tablespoons of ghee, the rest of the onions, peppers and sauté until for 5 minutes.
Add cumin seeds, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, turmeric, ginger, garlic and sauté for another minute, to release the aromas.
Make sure to scrape up any brown bits from bottom of pot if anything is stuck.
Add chicken with the marinade and mix through for one minute.
Pour in broth and mix through.
Sprinkle rice around the pot and do not stir.
Lock on lid and close pressure valve. Cook at high pressure for 1 minutes.
When beep is heard, wait 10 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure
Open lid and remove cinnamon stick and other whole spices (if desired).
Mix in cilantro, mint, raisins, cashews and onions, or if you have finicky eaters, pile it on top of each serving.
Cook time is not a typo. The pot is already hot, so the onions are cooking and releasing more water as they go, while the pot is trying to come up to temperature with all that liquid.
To Make Chicken Biryani without Toasting Loose Spices
This is an alternative for those who would rather not be on high alert during their meal.
Add all the whole spices to a tea ball infuser and just drop it into the pot when you add the chicken broth.
The flavor profile will be wonderful still, just missing the toastedness of it all. Yes, I made up that word.
You must made Pressure Cooker Bhapa Doi for dessert. It is a steamed yogurt pudding and is delicious warm. If you let it cool, it tastes like cheesecake. Seriously, really it does. Only two ingredients and it cooks while you are enjoying dinner and then dessert is ready .