Dec 29, 2014

Chicken Pulao Recipe

I made this few days back and loved the taste of it a lot.. It is quite simple to make but  taste exotic. There is no much spice powders in this recipe, thats what i love about this. 

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This pulav has coconut milk in it, this coconut milk makes it more aromatic and flavourful. And the addition of freshly ground spices take it to a whole new level.

Hope you will like this out and let me know how it turned out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 35 to 40 mins
Soaking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 4


Basmati Rice - 2 cup
Chicken - 1/2 kg with bone
Water - 2 cup
Oil - 1 tblspn
Cinnamon / Pattai - 2 cm piece
Cardamom / Yelakai - 5 crushed
Cloves / Krambu - 5 
Bay Leaf - 1
Pandan Leaf / Biryani Leaf - 1 optional
Onions - 2 large sliced thinly
Green Chillies - 6 to 8 chopped
Tomatoes - 1 chopped
Coriander Leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
Mint Leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
Salt to taste

To Grind :
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1.5 tblspn
Black Pepper - 1 tblspn


Wash and soak basmati rice for 30 mins. Drain it and set aside,

Powder, fennel and pepper, set aside

Heat ghee and oil in a pressure cooker, add in cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and bay leaf, let them sizzle. 

Add in onions, green chillies in the ghee and saute till golden.

Once it is golden, add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min.

Add in chicken, keep sauteing till it gets nice colour.

Add in salt, tomatoes, mint, coriander and mix well.

Add in the powdered spice, garam masala and mix well.

Add in rice, coconut milk and water. Add pandam leaf to the water if using.

Bring this to a boil, simmer, cover and cook for 1 whistle. Turn off the heat and let the steam escape by itself.

Open the cooker and fluff up the rice.


Soak Basmati Rice for 30 mins

Take fennel seeds and black pepper in a blender

Powder them and set aside

Heat ghee and oil in a pressure cooker

Add in bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom..

Add in onion and green chillies

saute them

cook till golden

now the onions are nice and golden

add in ginger garlic paste

saute for a min

add in chicken

saute till the chicken turns a little golden

add in salt

mix well

add in tomatoes

chopped coriander and mint leaves

Mix that well

add in the powdered spice

and a good amount of garam masala powder

mix well

add in soaked drained rice

 give a good mix

add in coconut milk

pour in water

mix well

I had this biryani leaf  / pandan leaf on hand, 
so i added that in..You can skip this..

now bring this to a boil

once it reaches a boil

cover the cooker and simmer the cooker

pulav done



  1. Hi Aarthi,

    I tried Chicken Pulao and Herby Chicken Curry today. It came out absolutely fantastic and loved it a lot!!!! Many thanks for posting such awesome recipes... Looong way to go :-) Keep up the good work!!!!

    Saipreethi M

  2. Hi can you say how much 2 onions and 1 tomato in grams. Thanks in advance.

  3. @Gayathri Mageshonion around 250 grams...Tomato around 100 grams

  4. Hey aarthi a ma a big fan of urs yesterday i tired ur chilli potato it was awsome.. some missing only because the tomato sause was sweet and the whole curry was sweet wish if it was a bit more spicy...
    I would lik u to help me with cakes that can be made in pressure cooker....

  5. Hi can I use coconut milk from a packet instead of fresh one? Thanks

  6. Hi Arthi ,
    Its really yummy but got a query after closing the cooker lid should i wait for whistle??

  7. @Anonymousit is written in the recipe.

    Bring this to a boil, simmer, cover and cook for 1 whistle. Turn off the heat and let the steam escape by itself.

  8. Can v add lemon juice??

  9. Hi arthii.can we use jeerakashala rice instead of basmati.will it become overcooked?pls reply

  10. Hii arthii.can we use jeerakashala rice instead of basmati.will it get overcooked?

  11. @fouzia abbasu can use that rice, adjust the water content accordingly

  12. can w try this in rice cooker ,can we add garam masala to this

  13. hi aarthi,,
    can i cook in non stick vessel instead of cooker ,,how much water nd coconut milk can i use for 500 grms of basmathi rice

  14. @sravanthiif u are cooking in a pan, use 2 cups of liquid for 1 cup of rice

  15. S there any other alternative for coconut milk

  16. Hi Aarthi,

    Made this pulao yesterday. It was super hit. Taste is too good to describe. It is restuarant style pulao. Five stars from my hubby n that's very rare.

    You are awesome. Keep up the good work.


    Asha Reddy

  17. Hi Aarthi, what is the difference between this one and your one-pot chicken biriyani?

  18. Hi Aaradhi,
    Can I cook rice and masala separately then mix?

  19. Hi Aaradhi,
    Is it OK to avoid coconut milk?. Should I add something else for that


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