Chicken Pilau

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Chicken Pilau is a firm favourite in our house. This dish has so many memories for me, from eating it as a child to eating it with my cousins in Pakistan. 

Pilau is a popular dish that is present at every Eid and dinner party. It is a statement dish and one that is satisfying and full of flavour. There are many different variations of pilau and as you travel through Pakistan the flavours vary slightly.

Pilau simply means that the rice is cooked in the stock with spices with either meat or veg. Chicken pilau is where the rice is added raw to the chicken yakhni (stock) and then cooked in steam until the rice is cooked. The rice absorbs all the flavour of the chicken and the spices and the aroma is amazing. Served with boondi raita this makes the perfect meal.

I have made a step by step video tutorial on how to make chicken pilau with lots of tips. Click on the link below, which will take to my YouTube channel.

Chicken Pilau Video Recipe

Here is what you need;

1/2 kg chicken thighs cut into small pieces
2 large onion thinly sliced
3 tomatoes 
8 cloves garlic crushed
1 inch ginger crushed
1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp salt
3 chicken cubed crumbled
1/2 tsp whole cloves
3 black cardamom pods
1 stick of cinnamon
1/2 tsp whole black pepper
1 tbs cumin seeds
2 large cups of basmati rice
1/4 cup cooking oil



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