Chicken Pilau

Comfort food? Yes please!

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Who doesn’t love comfort food?  Especially on a cold winter night.

Sometimes making rice can be tricky. I get nervous every time I make biryani, kabsa, and few other rice dishes. Trials and errors can perfect your skill.

Try to follow the recipe, it’s surprisingly easy and results are fantastic.

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Ingredients to cook the chicken: Step 1

  • 1 full chicken, cut into 10- pieces
  • 1 onion, remove the skin and cut into four halves
  • 1 bulb of garlic, with skin
  • 1 ginger 1″ piece
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 green cardamom
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp, coriander powder
  • 1 tsp fennel, crushed
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder, optional
  • 1 tsp black pepper corns
  • 1 black lemon, optional
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5-6 cups of water

In a large pot mix all the ingredients and let it come to boil once.

Cover and simmer for half an hour to forty-five minutes or until chicken is tender.

Strain the stock, discard everything else except liquid and chicken.

Ingredients to cook the rice and chicken together: step 2

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 3 cups rice
  • 5 cups reserved stock
  • cooked chicken

Wash the rice and soak it in surplus cold water for 20 mins.

To a large pot add oil and fry onions until golden brown.

Add cumin powder.

On the high heat add chicken and rice, stir saute for a min.

Add the stock, let it come to a boil.

Cover the pot and turn the heat down to low.

Cook for 15-20 mins or until the steam flows up.

Serve with raita or plain yogurt.

Enjoy!

Source: I adapted from the recipe my friend shared with me. 

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