Pilaf, or pilau is a rice dish, whose recipe usually involves cooking in stock or broth, adding spices, and other ingredients such as vegetables or meat, to get grainy flavoured rice. I often cook chicken pulao on lazy Sunday mornings as it doesn’t require much planning and prepartion. The rice is cooked in no time and your meal is ready within minutes. The aroma that fills the house on those particular days, takes me back to my childhood days, when I would long to eat a hearty meal and just plop on my bed with a stuffed stomach and a good book. This recipe of ‘quick chicken pulao’ is for beginners who are learning to cook and experiment. I hope you like this recipe and let me know what you think of it 🙂 Do try out my chicken biryani recipe if you’re fond of chicken dishes.
- 1 crushed bay leaf
- 1 inch cinnamom stick
- 4 – 5 peppercorns
- 1 star anise
- 4 – 5 cloves
- 1 strand of mace
- 3 – 4 pods of green cardamon
- 1 black cardamon
- 400 g of chicken
- 400 g rice soaked in water for 15 mins
- 2 medium onions thinly sliced
- 1 large tomato
- 2 green chillies slit from the center ( you can add more according to your spice level )
- salt to taste
- oil to fry
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 cup chopped mint and coriander
- 2 tsps garam masala powder
- 75 g fresh curd
- 2 glasses of water
|Prep time : 10 mins||Cooking time : 20 – 25 mins||Serves : 4 – 5|
Procedure to make quick chicken pulao
Heat oil in a deep, thick, bottomed pan, add all the whole spices and saute until aromatic
Now add the sliced onions and saute until translucent. Then add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell goes away.
Then add in the chopped tomatoes, coriander, mint and cook until soft and mushy
Now add the chicken pieces, curd, garam masala and fry the mixture for about 3 – 4 mins
Then add in the soaked rice and mix well
Then add about 2 glasses of water and cover and cook on medium flame for 20 – 25 mns
Your quick chicken pulao is ready within 30 minutes. Serve hot with cucumber salad or curd raita.
- Adjust the spice according to your taste and spice level. I usually make medium spicy for my family.
- Add water acccordingly. If needed add more or reduce the quantity of water.