Chicken Pulao
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Posted by Fikri Zubair

3 .5 cup Basmati Rice
3 piece Bay leaves
1 tsp Black pepper corns
6 piece Chicken ( drumsticks and / or thighs)
1 cup Cilantro
1 stick Cinnamon stick
8 piece Cloves
1 cup Coconut milk - Can use canned or Powdered (Maggi)
2 tsp Coriander seeds
1 1/2 tsp Ginger and Garlic paste
5 piece Green cardamom
6 piece Green chillies
1 number Lemon Juice
2 small piece mace/ javitri
1 cup Mint leaves
1 piece Onion sliced
1/2 tsp Shahi jeera
2 piece Star anise
1/2 tsp turmeric
6 cup Water

Wash rice and drain out all the water, and keep aside for about 5 mins, and heat oil in a non stick pan and add shahi jeera, bay leaves and 1 pc. of the star anise and 1 pc of the mace, and to it add the rice and roast on low flame. Make sure you dont burn it Roast till all the grains evenly coated with oil and roasted.

Meanwhile Grind together, the cilantro, mint, green chillies, coriander sds, the rest of the garam masala, along with some salt, and if 1/4 cup of the coconut milk to a fine paste. Heat oil in the pan in which you would want to make the pulao in, preferrably heavy bottomed one, and fry the onion slices till light brown.

Then add the Ginger garlic paste, turmeric pdr,a nd some salt,and fry till the raw smell goes of. Then add the ground paste and roast for sometime about 2 mins, and add the washed chicked, and fry till the chicken turns pale, do not fry it too much, as the chicken may get dry. Add the rest of the coconut milk and about 5.5 cups of water, and salt to taste, lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reserve the remaining water for later and heat it.

When the water begins to boil add the rice and cover and cook on med low flame for about 10 mins and depending on the moisture, reduce the heat to low, at this time check for seasoning and if you need more salt and lemon just add it at this time and also check dryness and add the reserved water as well. Cook rice till you see the rice is done and let the rice rest for another 15mins. Serve hot with papad. Enjoy!

Another variation to this is Vegetable Pulao, If you need more spicy just add more green chillies or add some red chilli powder.

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