Sunday, July 8, 2012

Murgh Yakhni Pulao ( Chicken Pilaff ) & Award


Murgh Yakhni Pulao ( Chicken Pilaff ) ... A delicious rice dish cooked in chicken stock with green chillies, tomatoes and spices. 

Murgh Yakhni Pulao ( Chicken Pilaff )
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Serves :  4

Ingredients :

For stock :
  • 500 to 750 grams.  chicken pieces
  • 5 - 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp.  salt
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 3 tbsp.  aniseed / fennel seeds ( Sounf )
  • 3 tbsp.  coriander seeds ( Dhania )
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small onion, peeled
For Rice :
  • 500 grams.  Basmati rice ( or any white rice )
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ghee or cooking oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 - 6 cloves
  • 8 - 10 black peppercorn
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 2 large cardamoms
  • 2 - 3 green cardamoms
  • 2 star anise ( Badyan )
  • 1 tsp.  black cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp.  nigella seeds ( Kalonji )
  • 1 tbsp.  ginger & garlic paste
  • 2 to 3 tbsp.  finely chopped green chillies
  • 1 tbsp.  thinly sliced ginger
  • 4 - 6 dried plums ( aloo bukharay ), optional
  • 2 to 3 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp.  red chilli powder
  • Salt ( to taste )
  • 1 tsp.  garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp.  each of nutmeg & mace powder
  • Pinch of yellow food color ( dissolved in little water ), optional
  • 1/2 tsp.  kewra  
Method :
  • Prepare the stock first. Combine chicken & water in a large pot. Bring to a boil and skim off any scum that rises to the top. 
  • Reduce the heat, add all the remaining ingredients of stock. Cover and allow to simmer for 15 - 20 minutes or until chicken is tender.
  • Meanwhile, wash the rice thoroughly and soak in plenty of water for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the stock with a slotted spoon and keep aside. 
  • Continue cooking the stock until onion & garlic are soft.
  • Strain the stock and keep aside.
  • Remove onion & garlic & transfer to a bowl. Mash the cooked onion. Squeeze the paste out of cooked garlic skin, discard skin.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add chicken and fry over medium heat for 5 minutes until the chicken turns golden.
  • Add cloves, black peppercorn, cinnamon, cardamoms, star anise, black cumin seeds & nigella seeds in the pan. Stir-fry for a minute.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and green chillies, fry for a minute.
  • Add mashed onion + garlic paste, ginger and dried plums. Saute for a few minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, red chilli powder, drained rice and and add just enough stock to cook the rice. Adjust salt.
  • Bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the rice is 3/4 th cooked and most of the water has been absorbed by the rice.
  • Lower the heat to lowest setting. Sprinkle garam masala powder, nutmeg, mace, food color & kewra over rice and allow to cook for another 8 - 10 minutes until rice is tender.
  • Mix gently and serve hot with yoghurt raita and salad.
Notes :
  • Add stock according to your rice, as it depends on the quality of rice & also on soaking time.
  • After adding the rice, level the rice with a spatula and add enough stock to cover the rice by the width of two fingers (about 1 1/4 inches). You can also measure the water with cups. 
  • You can make it as spicy or mild as you like, by increasing or reducing the amount of green chillies and chilli powder.

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I was nominated for the Illuminating Blogger Award by Lauren, a passionate foodie from Girls Gone Food . This award is given to fellow bloggers for illuminating, informative blog content. Check here for more information.

Here are my nominations :

Wan at COOKING-VARIETIES 
Sonali Pradhan at Only Fish Recipes

Please friends, accept this award and pass on to other blogger friends. Thank you so much Lauren for the nomination :)
Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!

38 comments :

  1. wow.. perfectly made.. very flavorful..

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  2. delicious!!!!!!!!lovely recipe.congrats on the award.

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  3. beautiful dish. so well made.

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  4. Hi Ambreen ,

    Looks Delicious!!!

    and neat presentation:)))

    Keep on Dear...

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  5. Wow..that's tempting flavorful pulao there..Yummy!

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  6. Seriously cant take my eyes from ur irresistible click,super tempting pulao.

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  7. This looks delicious! Found this on the link up at nifty thrifty sunday. Keen to try this recipe!

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  8. Lvoe Yakhni Pulao and this looks perfect! Congrats on the away as well!

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  9. Great presentation,pulao looks so inviting.

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  10. This dish looks fantastic my friend :D
    And congrats on a well deserved award :) - it was very sweet of you to pass it on to me, thank you :)

    Cheers
    CCU

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  11. Oh YUM! A recipe to be bookmarked!

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  12. Delicious Yakhni pulao..
    Congrats on your award and so sweet of you to share with me..I am happy and honoured.
    Thanks dear..

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  13. Yum! What a delicious combination of spices.

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  14. hi ambreen, your special chicken pulao rice looks so delicious. bookmarked with thanks...
    Thank you dear for sharing and CONGRATS to you on this beautiful award

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  15. looks so perfect and lovely presentation.. congrats on ur award:)
    http://indiantastyfoodrecipes.blogspot.com

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  16. I love Yakhni Pulao. Congrats on the award.

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  17. This dish sounds so yummy,I could just eat some now :)thanks for linking up to creative Mondays ...

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  18. this looks so good Ambreen! My mother-in-law makes something just like this and I always wanted to learn how to... now I'm going to follow your recipe :)
    -henna

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  19. This dish would be a big hit in my family especially if it was served on a Sunday lunch! Very flavorful!

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  20. I would love it, if you would share this, & any other recipes you may have, on my recipe link up. http://goodrecipesonline.com/organized-linkup-for-all-your-recipes-goodrecipesonline-com/.

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  21. Congratulations on another well deserved blogging award! And thanks for sharing another yummy recipe!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  22. Thank your for sharing your recipe at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

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  23. Chicken pilaf looks super tempting...Lovely presentation..

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  24. Ambreen, I am so honoured to receive your award, thank you dearie! You really made my day:-)..and the pilaf is just so mouthwatering..bookmarked!

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    1. You're welcome, Jehanne! You really deserved it :)

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  25. Ahh...yum..yum!! So tempting :)

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  26. Ambreen,
    This looks delicious! I love rice and chicken dishes and am definitely adding this to my list of recipes to try :) Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can't wait to see what you link up next. Have a great weekend.

    Michelle

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  27. This looks great. Glad I found you through It's a Keeper's linky party. I linked in bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Have a super week.

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  28. That looks great. I might have to try that sometime. We really like chicken and rice dishes.

    www.adventureswithcaptaindestructo.com

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  29. Yum! I've never tried to make a chicken pilaff before but your recipe sounds amazing!

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  30. I'm a huge fan of chicken pilaf. It's a staple at our house! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday, Ambreen!

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  31. Hi Ambreen,
    This looks like a delicious dish that we would just love! Hope you have a fantastic week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  32. This looks really good! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

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  33. You always bring the most different delicious dishes to the table.. This sounds so awesome. I must try it:) Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays!

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Thank you for visiting and brightening my day with your sweet comments. I try my best to respond to your comments ASAP, though it might take some time to get back to you.

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

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