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    Pakistani Punjabi/Karachi Style Yakhni Pulao (Chicken Stock Pila

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    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hr

    10 mins

    50 mins

    Bint e Naeem's Note:

    After so many try outs I finally came with the right fusion for this recipe. Pulao is one of Punjabi people's favorite dish. Its a must serve on all occasions in Pakistan's Punjab province. If you don't want the Karachi style you can omit tomatoes, anise seeds and fresh mint.

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    Serves: 8


    3/4 cup ...

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    • 2 cups basmati rice (soaked in water for at least half an hour)

    For Yakhni (stock)

    For Masala (curry)


    1. 1
      Mix all ingredients for yakhni. Bring them to a boil & let them boil on medium high heat for 20 minutes or till the chicken gets tender. Strain the yakhni only leaving the chicken in it.
    2. 2
      In a pan heat oil. Add sliced onions & fry the onions till they turn golden brown. Take 1/4 out of it & keep aside.
    3. 3
      Now add cumin seeds (zeera), ginger garlic paste, tomatoes, salt, red chilly powder & coriander powder to the remaining fried onions & stir fry for 3 minutes.
    4. 4
      Next add yogurt, garam masala and green cardamom (choti elaichi). Cook on medium high heat till the tomatoes get tender.
    5. 5
      Add anise seed (saunf) & chicken pieces to the masala & let it simmer for another 2 minutes.
    6. 6
      Finally pour the masala in the yakhni, already back in the cooking pot. Add rice & cook it uncovered on high heat for 5 minutes or till the water dries up.
    7. 7
      Sprinkle the fried onions & mint leaves. Close the pot by tightly covering the pot with foil just where the lid goes making sure no steam passes out. Cook on low heat for 15 minutes or till the rice is done.
    8. 8
      Enjoy with chutney or cucember raita.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 10, 2010


    • on October 27, 2008


      Delicious pulao - mild but full of flavour! I used two chicken breasts for the meat and shredded them after poaching and before adding to the masala. I left out the anise as it's not my favourite flavouring but otherwise followed the recipe exactly - thanks for posting!

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    • on October 23, 2008


      Tried this refipe on 22nd Aug2008. Tasted very good.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pakistani Punjabi/Karachi Style Yakhni Pulao (Chicken Stock Pila

    Serving Size: 1 (241 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 375.9
    Calories from Fat 157
    Total Fat 17.4 g
    Saturated Fat 3.9 g
    Cholesterol 44.5 mg
    Sodium 639.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 39.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
    Sugars 1.8 g
    Protein 15.2 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    black cardamom pods


    ginger-garlic paste

    green cardamoms

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