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Monday, September 5, 2016

Chicken Pilau

Or  should I call it Pilaf? Hubby thinks it tastes just like a biryani, I told him its a lazy version of Biryani,where everything is dumped into one pot. Yes ! I know! I love one pot recipes.  Eid is coming up,  the previous Eid or Eidhul Fithr is the Eid that celebrates the  end of Ramadhan or the muslim fasting month. This upcoming Eid , Eidhul Adha is to celebrate the end of  Hajj day and also known as the Festival of Sacrifice .

 In Maldives Eidhul Adha is  celebrated with quite the merry ment. Male city gets quite deserted as everyone heads to the islands  to celebrate . So life in male city becomes quite tolerable then LOL, So I am  looking forward  for Eidhul Adha .   Hopefully it wont be a rainy day, it has been raining  a lot these past weeks, not that I am complaining, I love the rain, except the boys missed a few swim lessons.  As I mentioned in an earlier post they don't go to an indoor pool,  they swim in the sea. Hopefully  one day they will  finally make an indoor pool for regular swimmers and athletes.

Anyway,  I wanted to  post a recipe that is festive but still something that can be made quickly with minimum washing up  afterwards.  Its great served with a nice salad , some raita  or Tzatziki , or even a simple Dhal curry.

Recipe: Chicken Pilau

1 kg Chicken, skinned and jointed in to large pieces.
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
4 -5 cloves garlic
1 inch ginger,
Juice of 1 lime.
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp tumeric
1 tsp garam masala, home made or store bought
1-2 green chillies, slit in two
1  pandan leaf, knotted or cut into rough  strips
12 curry leaves
1 cup canned coconut milk
3 cups water
2 tomatoes, chopped
A nice bunch of coriander, leaves and  stems finely chopped separately ( if unavailable use mint leaves)
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup frozen green peas.
2 cups basmathi rice
2 inch cinnamon stick
6-8 cardamon pods ends snipped off
Oil, 3 tbsp or to make it more richer, 3 tbsp Ghee

Wash rice  till the water runs clear, set aside.

In a blender or motor and pestle, puree the  garlic and ginger with half the lime juice and a pinch of salt.  Pour this onto the chicken and rub it in. Set aside.

Now,  heat  a large  casserole or wok or  any kind of cooking pot that will fit every thing in.  Add oil and add the the onion slices,  curry leaves  , cinnamon  and cardamon.  Stir fry  till the onions soften and starts to go translucent.

Add the tomatoes, the ground spices, tomato paste and coriander stems  ( if using mint don't add it here) and stir for 1-2 mins. Add a few tablespoons of water and cook for one minute so the rawness of the spices goes off.

Carefully add the chicken pieces along with the marinade. Stir to coat well well with the spice mix and add the coconut milk  , the chillies and 2 cups of water. Bring to a quick boil then lower heat to a medium heat and simmer covered till the chicken is  almost done.

Now taste add salt, when you add salt  you have to remember that you will be adding rice so  make it slightly saltier than you normally add.

Stir in the rice,  cook over a medium heat , if the water looks too little add the remaining 1 cup of water.  Cook for 10 minutes,( you might need to stir now and then ), once the rice has absorbed all the liquid   and looks done, bring the heat to the lowest and cover with the lid. Cook for 2 minutes or so, Then remove the lid add the chopped coriander leaves  or mint. Cover again and then switch off the heat.

Let it sit for another 10 minutes, then remove the lid fluff up the rice, and serve!



  1. What's the difference between biryani and pilaf? This looks like a winner! Great flavour, Nammi.

    1. I think biryani has layers , the rice layer , the curry layer and the trimmings. THats what I think LOL. pilaf I think just rice cooked with different flavours.

  2. Absolutely my taste! I would love to eat this!

  3. My favourite kind of food, Nammi! I love one-pot meals. So convenient and saves a lot of time. Less cleaning up too.

  4. You can call it pulao or pilaf, which is the anglicized name! ;) I love a good chicken pulao, love the color of yours...

  5. I love rice dish and this one just sounds and looks delicious, so many is one of the dishes that I would never get tired of...
    Have a great week Nammi :)

  6. Love the presentation! Nice recipe ♥

  7. How absolutely delicious Nammi! Love all those wonderful flavors!

  8. I loved the description you started off with:)
    I have pondered on the difference between biriyani and pilaf and had concluded that it is all about how people prefer to call it. Btw, the pilaf looks yummy.

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  10. Wow this post is so informative. I loved the description.


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