Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chicken Pulao

Pulao is rice mixed with spices and meat/ vegetables. It’s a south Asian dish. Popular in India, Pakistan and other parts of South Asia. Each state has its own authentic way of preparing this dish. In biriyani there is a distinction in dum cooking, layered rice and yet another. when it comes to pulao it's one pot meal-  everything cooked together . There are more than 30 varities of preparing biriyani with chicken, mutton, fish, egg, vegetables. A little change in ingredients and you end up with one of your own! The recipe presented below is my most favorite one, which I mastered from my mother and frequently cooked at our home.


1lbs(500gm) Chicken pieces, with bone
2 cups rice (250 gm), soaked and drained
5 tbsp oil
1 medium size onion (chopped lengthwise)
¼ cup coconut milk
2 Bay leaves (Broken into two halves)
Salt to taste

To blend
4 green chilies
1 ½ inch Cinnamon
6-8 black pepper corns
3 cloves
1 ½ inch Ginger
1 whole garlic
½ bunch cilantro and mint leaves (Rinse in water and pat it dry)


Step 1: Heat a ½ a tbsp of oil in a non-stick pan and fry all the ingredients (exclude cilantro and mint leaves) required to make paste for a minute in medium heat.  

Step 2:  Blend the fried ingredients with cilantro and mint leaves to make a fine paste (use ¼ cup of water or less).

Step 3: Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add chopped onions and fry till translucent. Add bay leaves, chicken, turmeric and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add ground masala, salt and sauté till oil separates.

Step 4: Add rice, sauté it. Add 3 ½ cups water and give a quick stir. Bring it to boil, add coconut milk and make salt adjustment. Pressure cook for one whistle in a medium heat and simmer for two minutes, turn off the stove. 


  • Soak rice for 10 minutes and drain out the excess water.
  • Serve warm with lemon wedges and raita.
  • As I always mention, spice can be adjusted based on your spice level. 


  1. I am just about to make this recipe as I love it. Thank you Anitha

    1. Wow! Am excited, let me know how it turns out..Thanks much for visiting

  2. flavorful and mouth watering recipe dear :)

  3. Thank you so much kushi..glad you like it