Easy Chicken Pilaf or Pulav….as the name suggests is an easy one pot meal. A very aromatic and flavorful dish which is mildly spicy and tangy too. The recipe is very simple and easy to follow, made with very few ingredients which are easily available in our daily kitchen.
The best thing is that its a complete meal in itself and does not require any accompaniments, best paired with a light salad. A perfect dish for busy weekdays or a lazy weekend lunch.
Rice,short grain rice – 2 cups
Chicken – 400 grams ( on bones)
Onion – 3 medium
Tomato, chopped – 1 medium
Ginger – 1 inch piece
Green chillies – 2-3
Green coriander, chopped – 3 tablespoon
Fresh mint, chopped – 3 tablespoon
Yogurt – 2 tablespoon
Fennel seed powder – 1 tablespoon
Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
Green cardamom – 4
Cloves – 5-6
Black pepper corns – 10-12
Cinnamon stick – 2 inch
Bay leaf – 1 piece
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon ( optional)
Oil – 2 tablespoon
Salt to taste
Green chillis, slit lengthwise – 1-2
Green coriander, chopped – 2 tablespoon
Ginger, julienne – 1 teaspoon
Ghee ( Clarified butter) – 1 tablespoon
Clean, wash and keep the chicken aside
Clean, wash and soak rice for 30 minutes.
Finely slice the onions and keep aside.
Make a paste of green chillies along with ginger and yogurt. Add fennel seed powder and garam masala powder and keep aside.
Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan and add the whole spices (green cardamom, cloves, black pepper corns, cinnamon stick and bay leaf), once the spices start popping and release the aroma add the sliced onions and fry.
Fry the onions till they turn pink (we do not want the onions to turn brown), once they are done add the chicken mix well and fry until they turn opaque.
Once the chicken turns opaque add the chopped tomatoes mix well and fry for 2 minutes, until the tomatoes are mushy , add the wet masala paste, salt , mix well and fry until oil separates. (Note – Wet masala paste made with ginger, green chillies,yogurt along with fennel seed powder and garam masala)
Fry well and once the oil has starts to appear on the sides of pot add the chopped coriander and mint leaves,mix well and fry for a minute or two.