Yakni Pilau (Chicken Rice)

READY IN: 3hrs
Recipe by baraahnz

This is the first dish I learnt as an adult and still it is my speciality... there's only one word to describe it... yum! When I'm cooking this for my husband and myself, I usually remove the legs whole, sprinkle them with spices and brown under grill, and then add the remaining chicken to the rice as per instructions.

Top Review by Mellowpuff

This was 4.5 for us - we really enjoyed it. Next time I wouldn't add the cooked chicken to the rice until the end as ours was a tad dry. Otherwise, a lovely change!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make a well-flavoured stock by simmering chicken in water to cover along with cardamom pods, peppercorns, 2 teaspoons salt and the onion stuck with cloves.
  2. Simmer for approximately 2 hours.
  3. Cool slightly, strain stock and measure out 4 cups.
  4. Remove meat from bones, cut into bite-size pieces and set aside.
  5. Wash rice thoroughly in water, drain in a colander and allow to dry for at least 1 hour (this is optional if you're in a hurry!).
  6. Heat ghee in a large pot and fry sliced onion until golden.
  7. Add saffron, garlic and ginger and fry for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  8. Add rice and fry 5 minutes longer over a moderate heat, stirring with a slotted metal spoon.
  9. Add hot stock, garam masala, cardamom, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, rose water, sultanas and reserved chicken pieces.
  10. Stir well.
  11. Cover pan tightly and cook over a very low heat for 20 minutes.
  12. Do not uncover pot or stir rice during cooking time.
  13. When rice is cooked, remove from heat and stand, uncovered for 5 minutes.
  14. Fluff up rice gently with a fork and place in dish, again using a slotted metal spoon.
  15. Garnish with almonds, peas and eggs.

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