This is a mild and simple pulao that is easy to prepare and is great for kids.
Marinate chicken in a mix of curds, coriander powder, red chilly powder, garam masala, turmeric and salt.You can pack the chicken in different boxes as a sort of a prep box that can become a quick meal.
If you want a quick dinner simply saute the chicken in ghee and your meal is ready. Want to feed more people then add rice like in this recipe and feed the full family.
You don’t really need to wait for the chicken to thaw. Just keeping it out at room temperature for 20-30 mins is enough.
Soak rice in water. I have used 2 cups of Zeera-Samba rice. Its a short grained rice which has a lovely fragrance. Its called Chitimutiyalu in Hyderabad and is available in big supermarkets. Will cost you approx 80-100 a kilo and is IMHO the rice best suited for pulao and biryani.
Fry thinly sliced onions is butter and oil. Adding some cloves and cinnamon is a optional but highly recommended. Once the onions are cooked and look like in the pictures, add some ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell is gone.
Add the chicken. Use the lowest heat available and cover the frozen chicken with hot onions. This will speed up the thawing and in just a few mins the pieces will separate. Once the chicken is fully thawed increase the heat. Once the chicken is more than 90% cooked and do not under any circumstance ignore this point add the yogurt. Its very important that the chicken is almost cooked before you add the anything else.
After adding the 1/2 cup of yogurt, mix it well and add the rice. Add another 2.5 cups of water. Please that for 2 cups of rice, we use 1/2 cup of beaten yogurt and 2.5 cups of water.
Season with a little salt.
Pressure cook on high heat. After the first whistle, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10 mins. Switch off the stove. When the pressure has released, open the cooker to enjoy your simple and mild chicken pulao.