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Friday, January 18, 2013

Chicken Pulao (Quick & Easy Version)

Chicken pulao is a very inviting and satisfying quick meal, esp in winters, when our body needs fat to overcome the chill. Not only winters, this is a quick delicious recipe which can be served for lunch box, weekend specials or whenever you are short of time.The rice tastes exotic when served with a simple raitha.Though I have used ghee in this recipe, but you can always replace it with oil, however ghee brings out the actual flavours.This recipe uses ground coconut paste, which again adds to the taste, or use cashew paste instead. Check notes on the details of how to use cashews. Do try this weekend and your family gonna demand more :)

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
Author ~ Julie
Serves ~ 4-5
basmati rice 2 cups
chicken 600gms  (refer notes)
onion 1 large sliced thin
ginger shredded 1tsp
garlic chopped fine 1tsp
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
chilly powder 1 1/2 tsp
coriander powder 2 tsp
green chillies vertical slit 3-4
cilantro 4-5 sprigs
mint leaves 4-5
salt to taste
ghee 2 tbsp
oil 2 tbsp
water 4 cups

to grind
coconut grated 1/2 cup
cumin seeds1/2 tsp
cinnamon 1" pieces 2 strands
cloves 4-6
pepper corns 10-15 or 1tsp
lemon juice of 1 lemon (2 tbsp)




  • Wash and chop the chicken in bite size pieces.Drain water & keep aside.
  • Chop all the veggies, keep aside.Wash and soak the rice for 15-20 minutes.
  • Heat oil and ghee in a cooker.Sauté the chopped garlic and shredded ginger until the raw smell disappears.
  • Add in the sliced onions.Sauté until lightly translucent.Add the green chillies and sauté.
  • In the meantime, warm up the whole spices (cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns) in a pan.Then, grind the listed ingredients, warmed spices along with coconut, cumin powder & lemon juice to a smooth paste with very little water.
  • Add this ground paste to the sautéed onions and keep stirring until the raw smell of the ground mixture disappears, water is absorbed, and it forms a ball like masala.
  • Add in the turmeric, coriander powder and chilly powder.Sauté till the spices are warm.
  • Add the chicken pieces, coat the masala and cover, let it cook till half done.Add in 1/4 cup water and salt.(takes about 5-7 minutes covered on medium flame)
  • By this time, boil 4 cups water in another pan/kettle.
  • Add the soaked rice to the half done chicken.Toss rice with the chicken masala for half a minute.
  • Add the boiled water, adjust salt.Mix well.
  • Cover the lid of the cooker and keep on high flame.Cook till 1 whistle, put off flame and remove from heat.
  • Wait till the pressure is released, add chopped cilantro and mint leaves.
  • Mix it gently with a fork and serve with raitha !!

* If you don't wish to use coconut in the paste, soak about 10-12 cashews in hot water for 10 minutes and grind with the spices. Both coconut or cashew adds a little fat and so gets a creamier taste.
* I have used boneless chicken breasts in this recipe.Both boneless and with bones chicken works fine for this recipe.
* Mint leaves is optional, just adds up the flavour.
* You can always increase spices as per your tolerance.And coconut paste reduces the spice slightly, so add the spices accordingly.
* You can always double the ingredients and make a larger batch too.
* You can even add fried cashews & raisins to add more flavours, but I have kept it simple.


Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nice and quick dish.

divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Quick and easy flavorful Pulao.. Looks yum!!

What's Baking?? said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks absolutely divine..i can finish the whole plate in no time at all!

misha said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delightful Julie ,yummy

Binys Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

in our house pulavs and biriyanis are always a winner.....this recipe is fab

Asiya Omar said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks Delicious.

Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

Recently i too made Chicken Pulao, different version but with the addition of coconut, this sounds so flavorful n delicious...loved its appetizing color...sure will try this too!!

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum Yum .........Can have this pulao any time of the day :-)
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Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Fingerlicking good chicken pulao Julie. Mouthwatering here dear..

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Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, Yummy rice.....

Sangeetha Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Flavorful n colorful one pot meal,yummy preparation, mouthwatering dear!!!

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and filling,adipoli pulao

Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite..looks very tempting...yum yum..

Familycook said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, fresh coconut is my favorite ingredient here and when combined with chicken, i simply love it. Thanks for sharing this recipe:)

Nalini's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious looking all time favorite.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

very easy method...thnks for sharing..
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Sahasra Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy chicken with masala.

jasna varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

I heard about it, but never I can; thanks for recipe!

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

so inviting clicks..looks very yummy

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Super tempting c.pulao.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy in try after 1 week

Sutapa said... Best Blogger Tips

awesome dish it for dinner....Happy Weekend friend!:)

Sweet'n'Savoury said... Best Blogger Tips

Very inviting pulao dear

cookbookjaleela said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering checken pulav
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Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

I need to dig in here.

Divya A said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved the clicks Julie :) Looks so teasingly yum!!

Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Chicken pulao adipoli Julie yumm.

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a beautiful,flavourful and inviting one pot meal..Droolworthy pulao.

Rinku Naveen said... Best Blogger Tips

Love such quick recipes. Never tried chicken pulao

Mrs.Ahmed said... Best Blogger Tips

woooo yummy..!!!

Jannet Loves to Experiment said... Best Blogger Tips

Half-same pinch. I prepared a Veg Pulao over the weekend. As usual bowled over by your photos. I need a kick of the chicken flavour too. Lovely. said... Best Blogger Tips

yummmmmy and very tempting..nice cliks

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks fantastic, loved the addition of coconut in pulao.

My World My Home said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow....looks delicious... I love chicken...ha ha

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

nice presentation dear..