Healthy Chicken Pulao Recipe

I love chicken pulao. Well, honestly, I love anything which has chicken in it. 😀 And I have been so caught up with my new job (which is absolutely fantastic, btw) that I haven’t had time in the last two weeks to write. But, here I am. Back with a bang. And you know, all of that jazz! 😉

This is by far, is the easiest chicken pulao recipe to make! 😀 Put all them wonderful ingredients in a large vessel, and sit back and sip on a cup of lemon tea. The aroma that fills your home, of love and chicken pulao, will let you know that the recipe is done!

Chicken Pulao

Chicken Pulao

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So, a little bit of hunting in your mother’s spice cupboard is required to source these awesome ingredients. They add the flavor and the smell. (Both which we can’t afford to compromise on!)  😀


Chicken – 800 grms (Boneless)

3 large and one medium sized Onions – Pureed (Blitz it in the mixer to get a wonderful paste)

3 Tomatoes – Pureed (Blanch it first, if you are finicky about the peel, don’t bother blanching, if you are lazy like me! 😀 )

Garlic Paste – 3 Tbsp

Curd – 4 Tbsp (Nice heaped pile from a pack of Amul works wonders)

2 Green Chillies – Finely Chopped

Now, the aromatics!

Cardamom (Elaichi) – 6 cloves

Cinnamon (Dalchini) – 1 small stick

Cloves (Laung) – 7-8 pieces

Peppercorns (Kali Mirchi) – 20

Bay Leaf (Tej Patta) – 1

Star Anise (Chakra Phool) – Half a star anise (These things are damn cute!)

Mace (Javitri) – Half a mace

Saffron (Kesar) – 2-3 strands

Phew, that is a long list of spices! Adding the Wiki link, because I know you guys won’t recognize most of them! 😀 Now a couple more ingredients.

Coriander Powder (Dhaniya Powder) – 2 tsp

Cumin Powder (Jeera Powder) – 3 tsp

Tumeric Powder (Haldi) – 1/2 tsp (optional)

Basmati – 3 cups

Ghee – 3 tbsp (Optional) Yes this is another of our mega healthy recipes! 😉

Salt – To taste

Water – 2 cups (Same cup used to measure rice)

Coriander Leaves – To garnish

And 100 ml milk – To dissolve your kesar

Yes, that is one long list! 😀 But the process is pretty simple. ^^,


1. Mix your chicken, with salt, garlic, tumeric, cumin, coriander, curd and chillies and let it rest in your heavy bottomed cooking pan

2. To this, add in your onion and tomato puree and  put it on the heat

3. In a separate vessel, heat the milk lightly (1-2 mins) and put in your saffron to dissolve

4. Take all your other aromatics (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, peppercorns, star anise, mace) and blitz it in the mixer, until it forms a powder

5. Mix all the spices in with the chicken bubbling away in the pan

6.01 If you are adding ghee, follow the next step

6.02 Wash the rice and dry it. Add ghee to a pan and lightly fry the rice. Add a pinch of salt to enhance the taste. Once the rice has fried, add the rice to the pan containing the chicken

6.11 If you are not adding ghee, follow the next step

6.12 Wash the rice and add the rice to the pan containing the chicken

7. Add the water and cover with a lid

Note: Since, I blitz’d the onions and the tomatoes, the water given out by these two vegetables and the chicken was a lot, hence I didn’t need to add the original ratio of 1 cup rice : 2 cups water. But if your chicken has dried up a lot, please call your mommy and ask her how much water needs to be added. 😛 It is what I do.

8. Give the rice about 10 minutes and check. If it is almost done, kill the heat, cover it back with the lid and let is cook all the way through in it’s own steam. You can pretty much tell when it is done, by the smell coming from your kitchen. In case, you can’t; right again, call mommy! 😀

9. Once done, use a fork to separate the grains of rice. Add in the milk and kesar mixture and stir once

10. Garnish with coriander leaves. Else, just dig in! 😀

Healthy Chicken Pulao

Healthy Chicken Pulao

As a side serving, you can chop up some onions and tomatoes along with some cucumber and coriander leaves, and add a dash of lemon juice to make a tangy and fresh salsa to go with the pulao!

This makes enough for 3 super hungry people, else for 4, with some leftovers to squabble over! 😀

When do you make this:

  • When you want chicken pulao
  • When you want to make a healthy version of chicken pulao ( Minus the ghee and this becomes a no oil recipe) 😀
  • You want to make yum food, minus the hassles
  • You want to impress your other half
  • You want to convince the person to be your other half! 😉
  • You want to pamper mommy (With her help, obviously! :D)

You know how much we love chicken. This is one of those things to make for your Sunday brunch, call over some friends, see a classic such as Independence Day and guzzle down some beer! 🙂

Speaking of beer, have you seen our Dummies Infographic guide to International Beers? Also, not to mention that we had a party thrown by our boss on Friday in office which involved a lot of wine and lots of crates of beer and pizza on the house? Did I mention how much I love my job? 😀

Have a great week ahead people. I will see you’ll soon!

I was asked, what do you want to be when you grow up? As a kid I answered that I wanted to be a good person. It was only recently that I realized that all I want to do, is eat good food. And make good food, since; for me, and I quote George Bernard Shaw - "There is no love sincerer, than the love of food."

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  • Abhilash Nair

    Looks yummmm… me want naw!!

    • Anindita Debnath

      Hahaha. It *was* yum. Burrp! 😀

  • SachiMahajan

    Trying it today only :))

    • Anindita Debnath

      Let me know how it goes! 🙂