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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Minty Vegetable & Chicken Pulao | One Pot Meal

Quick lunch box ideas or dinner recipes or a lazy weekend recipes are always inviting and makes easier for the mom chefs at home.But how about a combination of vegetables and chicken together,its just flavorful with added tinge of mint & cilantro.My kids just loved the taste and aroma of this delicious pulao,a biriyani in disguise for them.However,it use very less amount of ghee and oil but still has the texture similar to that of a chicken biriyani.This is a easy and quick pulao which hardly takes much efforts & time if you have all the veggies and chicken cut in advance,although the ingredient list looks lengthy.Do give this a try and am sure all will love it !!!

to cook rice
basmati rice 1 1/2 cup
water 3 cups

to make masala
chicken boneless 1/2 lb
beans sliced 1cup
carrots 1 cup
onion 2 sliced,half moon
ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
garam masala 1tsp
whole garam masala (cloves 3,cinnamon 1" piece,cardamom 3,bay leaves 2)
raisins 1tbsp
cashews 2 tbsp
pepper powder 1tsp +1/2 tsp
garam masala 1 tsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
oil 2tbsp
ghee 2tbsp

to grind
mint 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp
cilantro  1/3 cup + 1tbsp
green chillies 3-4

(In the pic,Pulao,cucumber raitha,pappad & a slice of orange)

-Wash and soak the rice for 20 mins.
-Heat a pan and add ghee.Fry the raisins and cashews.Drain in a small bowl.
-Add oil to the same pan with ghee and add whole garam masala.Fry for a minute and then add sliced onions,saute till lightly browned.Takes almost 5-7 minutes on medium flame.
-Marinate the chicken pieces with pepper powder 1/2 tsp and salt for 15-30 mins.
-In the mean time,grind the mint leaves,cilantro(reserve the 1tbsp for garnish) and green chillies coarsely.
-Saute the beans and carrots for about 3-4 minutes,add little salt.
-Add and saute the ginger garlic paste and the ground paste till the raw smell disappears.
-Add the garam masala,pepper powder and turmeric powder.
-Add the chicken pieces and toss well.Cover and cook for 5 mins on low medium flame.(don't add water as chicken  leaves out water.If you have no water then add half a cup of water)
-Boil water in a cooker with salt and add the rice.Cook over medium heat.Gently fluff with a fork and turn off heat when all water is absorbed.
-Chicken and vegetables gets cooked in another 5 mins.Adjust salt.Add the cooked rice to it and gently mix everything,add in the fried raisins and cashews,reserved mint leaves,cilantro.
-Cover and leave for 5 mins and then serve warm with raitha ,pappad & pickle !!

Servings ~ 3 adults

* You can add the ginger pieces and garlic clove along with grinding list if you don't have ginger garlic paste.I usually make ginger garlic paste at home,so use that.
* Cut the chicken bite size and this helps easy cooking.I used boneless chicken breast and so cooks faster.
* You can use any vegetables of your choice but don't add a combination of not more than two varieties.
* If you wish to avoid ghee,then fry the raisins and cashew in oil.But ghee adds a nice flavor.

Related posts : 
Tomato side dish curry(for biriyani or pulao),
Biriyani Chammanthi
Mushroom -Paneer Pulao
Egg Roasted Pulao


Sahasra Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering pulao.

Preetha said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious...

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

love the mint flavor in this yummy pulav...looks tempting.. said... Best Blogger Tips

rice luks delicious n healthy..

Motions and Emotions said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy tasty and quick

Fullscoops said... Best Blogger Tips

So near yet so far! Almost felt like reaching out and taking a spoonful! So tempting!

cookbookjaleela said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy chicken pulao

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Tempting yummy rice

nandoos kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

nice tasty pulao, love the mint flavor..

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

if its in my hand, i can add mint in everything, looks so tempting.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Am a huge fan of one pot meals and thus sounds so appealimg.i can use paneer in plaxe of chicken or few soya chunks.

Mint is so refreshing adds nice smell to any dish.wonderful clicks there


Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Slurp Slurp, such a tempting rice dish. Loved the addition of mint.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy one pot meal,tempting...

Shella said... Best Blogger Tips

Yumm yumm. Love it