Chicken Pulao

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The Pilaf or The Pulao has a Middle Eastern Origin. This is another great one pot meal. The pulao is the milder version of the biryani. If you already have a curry in hand but you dont want anything heavy and spicier then this is what you want. The pulao is usually prepared with the Stock and then flavoured with caramelised onions, spices. This is a quick recipe and can be served with Papad/Potato Chips and raita as a complete meal. The lighting is not as great as I would have liked it to be. You may see variations in colour as the recipe progresses.


Recipe :

Measuring Cup Used : 160 ml 

Serves : 4

Ghee : 1 tsp

Oil : 1 Tbsp

Chicken : 250gm (Boneless) diced to 1 inch pieces, I used thigh meat. You could use breast or with bones

Rice : 375 Gms , Basmati ( I used Jeeraga Samba) , about 2.5 cups

Onion : 1 sliced thinly

Tomato : 1 small sliced

Ginger Garlic paste : 1 tsp

Lemon juice : 1 tsp

Turmeric : 1/2 tsp

Green Chillies : 2whole

Red Chilli powder : 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder : 1/4 tsp

Coconut milk :  1 Cup (3/4 cup thick + 1/4 cup water)

Water : 3.5 cups 

Spices : 2 x 1 inch sticks cinnamon,  1/2 black cardamom, cloves (3) Cardamom (2) – Lightly crushed

Fennel seeds/sombu : 1/2 tsp

Coriander : a handful, finely chopped

Mint : few leaves (optional), I didnt use 


Method :

Soak the rice for about 30 mins. Drain and keep aside

In a pressure pan, (I used an open pot)  add the oil, clarified butter(ghee) and the spices. Saute for about 45 secs

Now add the Onions and ginger garlic paste and green chillies. Saute well till the onions turn soft. Add 1/4 tsp salt to quicken the process

Now add the tomatoes, powders and the Chicken. Add the coriander leaves. Let the Chicken cook in its own juices for 2 minutes Saute well for about 3-4 minutes.

Add about 3.5 cups (560 ml)  of  Hot water. Add 1 cup of coconut milk.

Now add the rice . Cover and cook for about 15- 20 minutes on low heat.

Remove off heat once water is absorbed and cover and leave it undisturbed for 10 more minutes

Serve hot with Raita and papad



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