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Easy Chicken Pulav

Thanks to all who asked about my little boy, and also who sent us good wishes. We are overwhelmed by all the love shown by you. Thank you. He is doing good. We are getting adjusted to the busy schedule with baby. Having my parents here has been a great help. They have been managing everything in the house. I will be joining office back in another one month, so I thought of cooking something once in a while. I wanted to cook something very simple so that I don’t have to stand long hours in front of the stove. So that is how I came up with this pulav.

It is one of the simplest one pot chicken dishes. The pulav comes up absolutely delicious. Not much chopping and you can cook this using just with the standard things from the pantry.

Ingredients:
1 lb(0.45kgs approx) chicken
1 and 1/2 cups basmati rice
1 tbl spn ginger paste
1 tbl spn garlic paste
8-9 curry leaves
1 tea spn coriander-cumin powder
2 tea spns chilli powder
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped tomato
2 tbl spn chopped coriander leaves
A pinch turmeric
Oil & Ghee
Salt

Method:
Heat oil and ghee, add onion, ginger paste, garlic paste, curry leaves and fry for couple of minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, coriander-cumin powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder, mix well and let it cook for few minutes.
Add chicken, mix well and then add rice. Mix again. Add about 2 and 1/2 cups of water, cover and cook till done.
Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with a raita or on it’s own.

Serves : 4-5
Preparation time : 30mins

PS: I normally use chicken breasts for all my chicken dishes. They cook very fast. So if you are using any chicken that takes long time to cook, cook it for few minutes before adding rice to it.

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  • gaile June 1, 2010, 1:31 am

    oh this looks lovely and simple, and i think even i could pull this one off. Thank you!!

  • Lisette June 1, 2010, 2:17 am

    Nice and easy… one pot meals are really great :)

  • Deepa June 1, 2010, 3:50 am

    Ah Shilpa! you’ve started cooking already? That’s amazing.
    It’s very nice of you to share the workload with your loving mom who’ll be busy taking care of the baby as well as yourself.
    The chicken pulav seems very easy and delicious at the same time. Luv to ur li’l one. :)

  • sowmya June 1, 2010, 7:46 am

    i think i can make paneer or tofu pulao uing this recipe…

    • rajmi narvekar June 2, 2014, 8:59 am

      Mouth watering receipe. Yummy!!!!!

  • padmaja ravindranath June 1, 2010, 8:56 am

    thanks yammmeeee

  • Anon June 1, 2010, 10:49 am

    Congrats on the baby Shilpa!
    Guessing this will work only with chicken breast and not dark meat (legs/thigh) because dark meat always takes more time to cook than rice for me. Please correct me if I am wrong! :)

    • Shilpa June 1, 2010, 6:31 pm

      I don’t know, because I normally use tender chicken breasts.

  • Manju Rajender June 1, 2010, 11:06 am

    Very beautifully presented and yummy too :).

  • renuka June 1, 2010, 3:29 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    How ‘s the little one.Iam always looking for one dish meals.Ishall make this pulav.Ihave made a lot of ur fish curries.
    Here is anice chutney for lactating mums,roasted dry coconut,black peppercorns &garlic cloves, makes anice dry chutney.regards.

  • Sukanya June 1, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Pulav looks so good. YUM!. Sounds easy too…

  • megal June 2, 2010, 1:04 am

    thanks i like the easy chicken pulav. can u please send me some mangalorean dishes.

  • Sabith shenoy June 2, 2010, 6:56 am

    Nice to see you back on the net Shilpa. Very nice presentation as always.

  • Sylvia June 3, 2010, 1:15 am

    Hi Shilpa………….good to see you back again with those lovely delicious recipes. Looking at the pictures itself makes it easier for us to try it out and it really comes out good and everybody enjoys the same. Thanks for your prayers and good wishes, my sister too delivered a baby boy and both mother and son are doing well….Thanks once again and all the love to your little one.

  • beena June 3, 2010, 3:20 am

    hai dear…chicken pulave is delisious and all our recipes are equaly grt…..

  • Supriya June 3, 2010, 7:59 am

    You ve given us such good recipes. can we see a pic of yourself and your baby!

  • Supriya June 3, 2010, 8:03 am

    And not to forget… your husband as well

  • Emily June 3, 2010, 11:20 am

    Hi Shilpa………….good to see you back again with those lovely delicious recipes. Looking at the pictures itself makes it easier for us to try it out and it really comes out good and everybody enjoys the same. Thanks for your prayers and good wishes, my sister too delivered a baby boy and both mother and son are doing well….Thanks once again and all the love to your little one.

  • Sushama June 3, 2010, 8:09 pm

    Shilpa, I am new to making pulav. What type of pot do you use to make this? After covering, should I stir once in awhile? Is the ratio of rice to water 1:1.5?

    • Shilpa June 4, 2010, 7:00 pm

      Any thick bottomed pan/non stick pan would do. No, do not stir it very often. Mix very gently once or twice when the rice almost looks cooked, if you mix it more, the rice becomes paste. The normal ratio for cooking basmati rice is 1:2 rice:water. I use little less than that to start with and if required only then add more water.
      One more very important point is – always cook pulav on a medium/low heat. Never try cooking on high. I normally cook it on medium till all water is absorbed, then put the heat on very low and let it cook until done.

  • Sushama June 3, 2010, 8:11 pm

    One other question: are pulavs only good with basmati rice or can I use Jasmine for example?

    • Shilpa June 4, 2010, 6:57 pm

      I personally don’t like Jasmine rice, so never tried pulav with it. We prefer it with basmati

  • Aarya June 5, 2010, 6:52 am

    Hey Shilpa,
    I tried your recipe and it was a big hit with my kids. Thanks!.

  • M June 7, 2010, 8:25 am

    I tried this last night and served it with pappad and raita…was awesome!! Very good, simple and hearty recipe. Keep them coming!

  • SS June 9, 2010, 10:36 am

    Hey Shilpa, nice to see you back to cooking and blogging so fast. :) I love your rice dishes. Will keep this one in mind. Cheers!

  • Mita June 10, 2010, 5:35 am

    Tried this last night, everyone enjoyed it…thanks

  • Savita June 15, 2010, 5:27 am

    Shilpa, can u plz share the Daal Baati churma recipe….

  • Smita June 21, 2010, 5:47 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Do you use pressure cooker for your rice recipes including this one?

    Regards,
    Smita

  • megha June 22, 2010, 9:43 pm

    Hey Shilpa,
    Really enjoy your recipes and the presentation..
    Good going girl…!!!

  • Deepa June 28, 2010, 2:16 am

    Seems so easy and delicious at the same time. Thank you Shilpa. Must try this out.

  • Aseem Saxena June 28, 2010, 6:17 am

    Dear Shilpa,

    The turmeric as seen in picture 4 is definitely more than a pinch!…

    Also… how much oil and how much ghee? And do we mix them?

    Aseem

    • Shilpa June 28, 2010, 12:18 pm

      Just enough to fry onions. I add half ghee and half oil.

  • Uma December 17, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Hey Shilpa…

    thanks for sharing this quick n easy recipe…
    My lil one who is just 5 mnths old so I am in search of quick recipes like this..

    BTW ur last post regarding baby food is very useful and informative. I’ll be starting solid food soon.

    Thanks a bunch again ..

    Best wishes,

    Uma

  • Kavita January 12, 2011, 8:57 pm

    This was really a quick and easy chicken recipe. And tasty too. Thanks so much.

  • Asha March 27, 2011, 2:34 pm

    I have been wanting to try something new and tomato-y with chicken and rice and this recipe hit the spot! It’s SO easy and quick to make. Thank You!

  • zahra January 20, 2012, 10:01 am

    simple and best

  • shaila March 9, 2012, 4:16 am

    Easy and tasty recepie. Thanks shilpa, keep it up.

  • Susan May 15, 2014, 5:18 am

    Really nice recipe. How many whistles in the pressure cooker do we wait for while cooking with chicken breasts?

    • Shilpa May 16, 2014, 7:16 pm

      Depends on the kind of chicken. The one I get here does not require to be cooked in pressure cooker. It cooks within few minutes

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