Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Chicken Pulao recipe

Chicken Pulao

Chicken Pulao or Pilaf is an Indian dish believed to be an Persian influence dish brought to India by the Mughals and has become well known and very famous dish all over India / Pakistan. It is made from chicken and rice and is served on all special occasions. Pilaf or pulao, as it is known in the South Asia, is a rice dish popular in India / Pakistan.


1: Chicken 2 kg (cut into pieces)

2: Basmati Rice 2 cups

3: Cooking Oil 2tbs

4: Onion 1 large (chopped)

5: Whole Cumin Seeds 1tbs

6: Cloves 1 tsp

7: Cinnamon Sticks 3

8: Green Chilies 3 (chopped)

9: Red Chilli Powder 1tbs

10: Turmeric Powder half tea spoon

11: Tomatoes 3 medium (chopped)

12: Fresh Mint Leaves half cup

13: Hot Water 2 cups

14: Yogurt half cup

15: Ginger Garlic paste 1 tbs

16: Salt as per taste


Marinate the chicken in a mixture of the yogurt, ginger & garlic paste and salt and leave it in the fridge for about one hour.
Heat oil in a heavy and large pot add onions, cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon sticks cook for about 3 minutes on medium flame, add red chili powder, turmeric powder and cook for another few minutes on low flame, add green chilies and tomatoes cook for few minutes on low flame, add marinated chicken and some water cook for about 30 to 40 minutes till chicken is cooked best way to check if chicken is cooked in by piercing a skewer through the chicken and if skewer comes out dry it means chicken is cooked.
Now spoon about 2 tablespoons of fat/oil from the cooked chicken mixture into another pot.
Add 2 cups of the rice and salt to taste. Stir until the oil is coated around the grains of rice.
Add half the chopped coriander leaves and one cup of gravy from the chicken mixture and two cups of hot water. Cook on slow heat with the lid on until the rice is cooked. Add a little hot water if the rice is not yet cooked.
To serve, place the rice in a large tray or platter. Spoon the chicken mixture on top. Sprinkle with the remaining coriander leaves, Fried nuts (cashew or almonds) and sultanas may be added.

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