Murgh Pulao (Indian Chicken With Basmati Rice)

"Posted for ZWT6. Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor's website."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces and place in a bowl.
  • Add 1/2 tsp cayenne, salt, half the ginger paste, half the garlic paste and mix. Marinate for fifteen to twenty minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, cloves, green cardamoms, bay leaves and cinnamon. Sauté till fragrant.
  • Add onions and sauté until lightly browned.
  • Add the remaining ginger paste, garlic paste and cayenne. Stir and sauté for two minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, salt, yogurt and continue to sauté for two minutes.
  • Add rice, marinated chicken pieces and cilantro and mix well.
  • Add chicken stock (or vegetable stock) and bring it to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat and let it cook till both the chicken and rice are done.
  • Serve hot.

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  1. This was good! I had a craving for Indian food, and this definitely met it. I cut this in half, as only two of us were eating. I used fresh garlic, ginger, and bay leaf; but otherwise made as directed. The quantity of oil seemed very heavy to me, and while the onions were cooking, I ended up draining off almost 3/4 of the oil that I'd started with, so next time I'll cut it down to 1 Tablespoon for a half recipe. I used boneless skinless breast, but next time I'll use thighs, as they have more flavor, and also add more cumin and cardamom- personal preference; and less cayenne- again, just personal preference. Thanks for posting a very yummy dish!
  2. An easy mild chicken and rice. Cooking the rice with the chicken and oil left it a little gummy for my taste, but the other half of my household likes it better that way. I had a little trouble sauteing the bay leaf in hot oil - perhaps a fresh bay leaf was intended, not dried? With the dried, I would add it later, with the rice and chicken.
  3. Very nice dish I make something similar to this but Egyptian. I used all legs only because it was that or boneless chicken tenders. Very nice and easy. I love one dish meals. Thank you made for ZWT6 by a fellow Looney Spoon.
  4. I did this a little differently but it was quite good for DH and I. I used chicken thighs plus the legs and cooked them somewhat first frying them in butter for flavour until lightly browned I didn't use any additional fat in the recipe. I marinated them overnight and am glad I did so. I used cayenne to preference though, sea salt, Recipe #422497 rather than the separate pastes of each. I didn't have cumin seeds so I used ground cumin adding it when I added the yogurt for which I used Balkan (thick) yogurt. I reduced the cloves by half out of preference and also used a bit less bay leaf for the same reason. I used some wonderful ripe tomatoes and my own homemade chicken stock. I chopped the cilantro without it's stem before adding it to the mix. Made for ZWT6 Asian region, for my team, The Ya Ya Cookerhood.



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