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 )

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 :

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!!!


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

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

  3. Hi Ambreen ,

    Looks Delicious!!!

    and neat presentation:)))

    Keep on Dear...

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

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

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

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

  8. Great presentation,pulao looks so inviting.

  9. 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 :)


  10. Oh YUM! A recipe to be bookmarked!

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

  12. Yum! What a delicious combination of spices.

  13. 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

  14. looks so perfect and lovely presentation.. congrats on ur award:)

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

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

  17. 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 :)

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

  19. I would love it, if you would share this, & any other recipes you may have, on my recipe link up.

  20. 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

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

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

  23. 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!

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

  25. 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.


  26. 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.

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

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

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

  30. 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

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

  32. 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!

  33. Hi .. i made this one today and it’s truns out amazing .. thank you so much for the yummy pulao 😍 i am. So happy that i found your blog ❤️


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Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

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