Chicken and Lentil Rice

READY IN: 6hrs


  • 250
    g basmati rice, cleaned and washed and soaked in sakted lukewarm water for 4 hours
  • 250
    g chicken breasts, washed,drained and cut into medium sized pcs
  • 2
    medium onions, peeled,washed and sliced
  • 14
    cup oil
  • 60
    g raisins, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes,drained and patted dry
  • 120
    g dates, pitted and halved
  • 14
  • 75
    g lentils, boiled with a little salt,cumin and red chilli powder


  • Heat oil in a skillet.
  • Once its hot, toss in 1 onion and stir-fry till it is golden brown.
  • Add the chicken breasts, cover and cook over low heat until done.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix well.
  • In another pan, heat a tbsp.
  • of oil and fry the second onion in it until it turns golden.
  • Add dates and raisins.
  • Stir-fry for 3 minutes.
  • Mix in the saffron.
  • Keep aside.
  • Strain the lentils now and keep aside until you are ready to mix them with the rice later.
  • Now start preparing the rice.
  • To do so, bring 8 cups of water to a rapid boil in a pot.
  • Drain out the water from the soaked rice completely.
  • Add the drained rice to the boiling water.
  • Bring the rice to a boil for 3 minutes.
  • After checking whether the rice is cooked, strain the rice and rinse it with lukewarm water in a strainer.
  • Bring 1/4 cup of water and 2 tbsps.
  • of oil to a rapid bowl in a pot.
  • Add layers of rice and lentils, alternately, building these layers up to a dome shape.
  • The last layer should be of rice.
  • Poke 5-6 holes through the rice to the bottom with the handle of a spoon.
  • Close the lid.
  • Heat on medium flame for 3 minutes until the rice starts steaming.
  • In a separate pot, heat another 1/4 cup of water and 2 tbsps.
  • of oil.
  • Pour over the rice.
  • Cover the saucepan with a lid.
  • Seal the lid over the saucepan with atta dough.
  • Lower heat and cook for 45 minutes on a simmer.
  • Remove from heat and place the saucepan in the sink.
  • Run cold water under it to cool it down.
  • Remove/break the wheat flour{Atta} seal.
  • To serve: Very carefully and gently, remove the lentil rice and sprinkle lightly in a serving dish in a dome shape.
  • Spread the mixture of dates and raisins over the rice.
  • Spread the chicken on top.
  • Remove the crusty bottom and spread in a separate plate.
  • Enjoy!