December 16, 2012

Chicken pulao recipe - Chicken pulav recipe

Chicken pulao recipe - Spicy chicken pulao is an Indian style spicy rice cooked with boneless chicken, rice, herbs and some spices. To prepare spicy chicken pulao, I usually use basmati rice and boneless chicken. Basmati  is a very popular  variety  of  rice which is well known for its rich aroma. This spicy chicken rice  goes well with all variety of raitas and salads.  Even you can eat this spicy rice without any side dish. The list of ingredients seems to be very  long, but these are easily available in your kitchen shelf.  Even if you skip one or two ingredients except basic ingredients, it doesn't make much of a difference in taste.

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Chicken Pulao Recipe
Prep time : 20 mins
Cook time : 30 mins
Total time : 50 mins
Recipe type : Main
Cuisine : Indian
Yield : Serves 4
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 500 grams boneless chicken,  cut into medium sized pieces
  • 4 thinly sliced  medium sized onions
  • 4  finely chopped medium sized tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup yogurt / curd
  • 1/2  a bunch chopped coriander leaves
  • 4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp  ghee
Grind to paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1 X 2"  piece ginger
  • 10 -12 garlic cloves
For the tempering
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 7 - 8 cloves / lavang
  • 1X 4 inch piece cinnamon
  • 8-10 black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 inch piece mace / javitri
  • 4 green cardamoms
For the marinade
  • 1/4 cup thick yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Wash the rice and soak for 10 minutes, drain and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Marinate the chicken with the ingredients mentioned under  "For the Marinade" and keep it in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. 
  3. Combine the coconut, ginger and garlic. Put it in a mixer jar and grind it to a smooth paste with some water. Set aside.
  4. Heat the ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds, cloves, black peppers, mace, green cardamoms and bay leaves. Saute  till aromatic.
  5. Add the onions and fry till translucent. Add the garam masala, red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Saute for few seconds.
  6. Add the tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes. Add the coconut paste and saute for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the rice and chicken pieces. Saute for 2 minutes.Add the yogurt and mix well. Add the coriander leaves and salt. 
  8. Add 4 cups of hot water and mix well. Cook covered on low flame till the rice and chicken are cooked to soft. 
  9. Serve hot with choice of your raita and salad.


  1. yummy n delicious..

  2. Tempting!!!! First time here, happy to follow u glad if u visit my space

  3. Tempting!!!! First time here, happy to follow u glad if u visit my space

  4. Delicious and tempting rice.

  5. Such a delicious and tempting dish dear..

  6. This looks homey and delicious. I love it.

  7. It will be a flavourful and spicy rice. Looks yummy.

  8. Vidya, this sounds delicious!

  9. Yummy looking rice n inviting..Thanks for ur comment on my post dear.

  10. Wow looks delicious...very flavorful.

  11. Super tempting one pot meal;delicious.

  12. looks tempting & delicious,I too posted a chicken recipe today,same pinch..:)
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  13. Very flavorful n delicious rice..happy to follow u:)

  14. Muy delicioso y muy bien hecho, abrazos hugs,hugs,saludos desde Chile.

  15. Hi Vidya, your spicy chicken rice look so delicious. Love this rice dish. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe.

    Have a lovely week ahead.

  16. Yumm this preparation looks very delicious!

  17. looks yum and delicious

  18. delicious
    happy to follow you ..:)


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