Sunday, 29 November 2015


On days when I do not feel like spending much time in the kitchen, I choose this type of recipes to be cooked. Less time spent in the kitchen with happier faces at the dining table. The carnivore duo at home are not very fond of rice, but when they get to see meat in the rice, they happily have it. They prefer one-pot meals, specially the senior does not want me to spend much time in the kitchen. I love being in the kitchen though there are days when I love doing such smart cooking.

Yesterday was such a 'no mood in cooking' day. So, I planned to  prepare this Murg Pulao and serve it with raita and salad. Incorporating cucumber, tomato, carrot in the raita makes the whole platter a wholesome and tasty one. I prepared the pulao in the most simplest way with few spices. Lets see how we do it.

Chicken : 500gm
Rice[long grained] : 1big cup
Cashew : 8-10[halved]
Raisins : 8-10
Ginger Paste : 1tsp
Garlic Paste : 1tbsp
Onion[sliced] : 1big
Lemon Juice : 2tbsp
Cinnamon Stick : 2one inch
Green Cardamom : 2-3
Cloves : 2-3
Cinnamon Powder : 2pinches
Cardamom Powder : 2pinches
Cloves Powder : 1pinch
Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
Salt : As Required
Bayleaf : 3-4
Oil : 3tbsp
Ghee : 1tbsp +1tsp

Wash the chicken pieces and marinate with salt, turmeric powder and lemon juice. Keep aside for 1hr.

Wash the rice and soak in water for 1/2 an hour. Drain the water.

Take a heavy bottomed vessel. Heat 3tbsp oil and 1tbsp ghee together. Saute the cashews and raisins for 1 minute and take off. Temper with bayleaves, cinnamon sticks, green cardamoms, cloves.

Add the onion slices and fry till brown. Add the ginger-garlic pastes and saute for 2 minutes. Add salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder. Stir for 1/2 a minute.

Add the marinated chicken, fold in well. Cover cook for 10-15 minutes stirring at regular intervals. Add the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves powder. Stir.

Add the rice, fold in well and keep stirring for 3-4 minutes. Add 2 cups water using the same cup that measured the rice. Add little salt if required.

Cover cook at medium to low heat for 10-12 minutes. When the rice is 80%done, add 1tsp ghee, the fried cashews and raisins. Lightly mix with a ladle. Turn off gas after 2 minutes. Let it stand for 10-15 minutes. Shake well before serving.


  1. Done with chicken, rice, few spices, cashew and raisin, it is an excellent one-pot meal idea.

  2. One can use a cup of water n a cup of curd instead of two cups of water..that's how I cook of the recipe is the same.

    1. thats a good idea, shall try it that way too