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So atlast my light box has been made. Thanks to my hubby in helping me. I am very happy how the pics are coming out. So since I was busy making my light box, I needed something easy to make and I decided on this pulao, so that I wouldn't have to spend much time on my cooking that night!
If you would ask me which Keema I like most?? I would say ground Mutton or Lamb keema.
Chicken keema is just a substitute as my kids prefer that better over Lamb.
Well that surely makes it easy and cooking chicken keema is very easy.
Anything cooked with chicken keema can be done in very less time, like this chicken Pulao. It came out yummy and was very easy to make.
I made this last week night for dinner. An wholesome one pot meal, quick to make and was enjoyed by all of us.
I made this by mixing the soaked rice with the chicken keema, the spices and letting them cook together.
This can also me made the same way with ground lamb or mutton keema.
Since ground keema is chopped so tiny, it doesn't take much time to cook completely.
3 cups basmati rice (soaked for 30 min)
4 1/2 cups water
1 lb chicken keema or ground chicken
1/4 cups broken cashews
1 large onion, chopped lengthwise
5 green chillies
3 small tomatoes
2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
Whole garam masala:
3 1in pieces of cinamon stick
4-5 bay leaves
6 elaichi or cardamom pods
1 anise star
1/2 tbsp jeera, cumin seeds
1 tsp shahi jeera or kala jeera
1-2 tsp coriander powder
1-2 tsp jeera powder
1-2 tsp garam masala powder
1-2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 cup chopped coriander and mint, pudina leaves
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter
Wash rice and keep aside soaking in water for atleast 30 min.
Heat oil in a big pot. (I used the biggest pot in the utensil set you get...I think its 5 quart pot with a tight lid)
Add all the whole garam masala and saute for a minute.
Add the onions and green chillies and saute for a minute.
Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for few seconds and add the ground chicken.
While the chicken cooks, try breaking it up into small pieces.
Add the tomatoes and let them cook with the chicken for 5 minutes.
Add all the powders to the chicken and incorporate well into the chicken. Add Salt accordingly.
Drain the water from the rice and add the rice to the chicken. Saute it for couple of minutes by folding in slowly and try not breaking the rice.
Add the 4 1/2 cups of water and let this come to a boil.
When it starts boiling, slowly all the water gets absorbed by the rice, till then leave it uncovered.
When most of the water is gone, add the butter chopped in small pieces on the top along with chopped coriander and mint leaves, mix a little and cover it to cook on low heat.
It will take atleast 15 -20 minutes for it to be fully cooked after this point.
Serve hot with raita or any curry. A hearty one pot meal is ready.