Mutton Yakhni Pulao

There are many ways of making Mutton Pulao but this is my very own recipe and whenever i make it everyone loves it. The tender pieces of mutton and aromatic basmati rice cooked in mutton stock and spices gives a very mild and royal taste to this dish.

Pilav or Pulao is originally the feed of Mughal emperors so it has to be royal. My trick of making the perfect rice is adding 1 cup less stock than required, this keeps the rice in shape and dont overcook them. The meat is cooked 90% in yakhni and 10% in the process of making pulao. This prevents the meat from getting mixed in the pulao.  If you have chosen the best kind of meat (20% fat and 80% lean), the best of Basmati rice and spices, and cooked everything to perfection, and added everything at the right time, then there is nothing better than this. ❤

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR YAKHNI

  • 2 kilo mutton (goat meat with bone) (cut into curry pieces) (leg or chop)
  • 1 large onion (cut into 6 pieces)
  • 1 whole garlic (cut into two parts)
  • 6 green chillies
  • 1 tbspn freshly crushed ginger
  • 1 tspn pepper corns
  • 1 tspn cloves
  • 4 large cardamom
  • 4 green cardamom
  • 1 large piece of cinnamon
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn coriander seeds
  • 1 tbspn fennel seeds
  • 1 piece of mace
  • 1 nutmeg (cracked)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 9 cups of water
  • Salt

FOR PULAO

  • 4 cups basmati rice soaked in water
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 2 tbspns crushed ginger garlic
  • 2 tomatoes chopped or 3 tbspns yogurt
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 2 big cardamoms
  • 2 pieces of cinnamon
  • 4 cloves

Method:

  • In a cooking pot combine all the ingredients for stock/ yakhni and cook covered. If using pressure cooker cook for 1 hr, if using normal cook pot cook for 2 hours.
  • Remove the lid carefully and check if the meat is 90 percent cooked.
  • Heat oil in a separate pan and fry onions until they are brown. Add ginger and garlic and fry further for a minute. Take out the meat pieces from the stock and add them to the onions and fry. Add all the whole spices and other spices and mix. Add yogurt or tomatoes and let it cook covered for 15 minutes. Add a splash of stock whenever needed and let it simmer.
  • When the masala is cooked add 7.5 cups of stock (strained) and bring it to a boil.
  • Add soaked rice and cook on medium high heat. When rice starts soaking yakhni and very little yakhni remains, place a griddle (tawa) under the cooking pot, cover the cooking pot and cook for 15 minutes on low heat.
  • Open the lid and gently stir the pulao and serve hot with raita and salad.
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Chicken Saver Pulao

A delicacy of Islamabad, Pakistan, famous among all Pakistani around the globe, Saver Pulao has a unique Spicy flavour and aroma but its very mild and extremely flavorful. Apart from deep frying the chicken and some spices, it is as simple as normal pulao.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 kg chicken cut into Pulao cut
  • 3 standard cups rice
  • 7 cups water
  • 2 tbspns fresh ginger juliennes
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • Some chopped green chillies
  • Some green chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup oil (for pulao)
  • Some oil for deep frying the chicken

GARAM MASALA FOR STOCK

  • 2 tbspns saunf (fennel seeds)
  • 2 tbspns coriander seeds
  • 1 bay leaf

GARAM MASALA FOR PULAO

  • 1 tspn zeera (cumin seeds)
  • 2 -4 cloves
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 2 green cardamoms

Procedure:

-Soak the rice for 30 minutes.

-Meanwhile, In a thick bottomed pan, put chicken pieces, garam masala for stock, salt and water and boil until the chicken is 75% cooked (changes the colour and remains in shape) and smells like spicy stock.

-Take out the chicken pieces from the stock and deep fry until they are light golden. Then keep aside till needed.

-Strain the stock and discard the residue. We will need 6.5 cups of this stock for 3 cups of soaked rice.

-Now in a separate pan (deep and good for cooking rice), heat oil and fry onion. When they start getting the colour, add ginger juliennes and Garam masala for pulao and fry until the onion gets golden brown.

-Now add tomatoes and cook on medium high flame until they are soft. Now add fried chicken and mix. Cook uncovered until the tomatoes are mashed up.

-Add the stock and bring it to a boil. Then add the soaked rice (after taking out the water they are soaked in already) and give it a gentle stir. When the rice starts to absorb water cover it with the lid and cook on low heat until the rice is done and no water remains.

-Serve hot with mint raita and salad.

Channa Pulao/ Chickpea Pulao

Channa Pulao is one of the famous rice dishes of Pakistani Cuisine. These rice are served with roasts and steamed meat …..

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Ingredients:

  • 3.5 cups basmati rice (soak for 20 minutes in lukewarm water)
  • 1 can boiled chickpeas (discard the water and keep the chickpeas)
  • ¼ cup oil/ ghee
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 tspn crushed ginger
  • 1 tspn sliced ginger
  • 2 – 4 cloves
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 ¾ cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Chicken powder (OPTIONAL)

Procedure:

-Heat oil in a non-stick pan and fry onion, garam masala (peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaf) and ginger paste until they are brown.

-Add chickpeas and stir for a minute and add water in it. Cook covered for 10 minutes and then add salt and soaked rice.

-Let it cook on high medium heat for 5 minutes or until the rice begins to boil.

-Cover it with the lid and cook on very low heat until there is no water left in the pot.

-Serve hot with roasts, shaami kabab and fried chicken.

Mattar Pulao/ Mattar Chawal/ Peas Pulao

Mattar Pulao is one of the famous dishes of Pakistani Cuisine. We make this rice dish when serving roasts, shaami kabab, fried chicken, chops or other steamed meats ……..

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Ingredients:

  • 3.5 cups basmati rice (soak for 20 minutes in lukewarm water)
  • ½ kg peas (fresh, not frozen)
  • ¼ cup oil/ ghee
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 tspn crushed ginger
  • 1 tspn sliced ginger
  • 2 – 4 cloves
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 ¾ cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Chicken powder (OPTIONAL)

Procedure:

-Heat oil in a non-stick pan and fry onion, garam masala (peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaf) and ginger paste until they are brown.

-Add peas and stir for a minute and add water in it. Cook covered for 10 minutes and then add salt and soaked rice.

-Let it cook on high medium heat for 5 minutes or until the rice begins to boil.

-Cover it with the lid and cook on very low heat until there is no water left in the pot.

-Serve hot with roasts, shaami kabab and fried chicken.

Ayesha’s Kitchen Special Chicken Pulao

This is a refined recipe of Chicken Pulao, No other pulao can be tastier than this one because it is Ayesha’s Kitchen Special Pulao. I have created this recipe after trying 10 different recipes of chicken pulao. So try this and enjoy your day The Ayesha’s Kitchen way ….

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken (1.5 kg)(skinless, cut into 12 pcs.)
  • 2.5 glass Basmati rice
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 onions (sliced)
  • 1 tspn ginger paste
  • 1 tspn garlic paste
  • 2 tbspns yogurt
  • 4 tomatoes (processed in a food processor (grinder))
  • 2 green chillies (processed with tomatoes)

FOR YAKHNI (STOCK)

  • 5.5 glass water
  • 2-4 cinnamon pieces
  • 2-4 black cardamom
  • 2-4 small cardamom
  • 4-8 cloves
  • 8 peppercorns
  • Maze and nutmeg (whole)
  • Bay leaf
  • 1 tbspn ginger paste
  • 1 tbspn garlic paste
  • 2 tbspns dry coriander seeds
  • 2 tbspns cumin seeds

FOR MASALA

  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn Chinese salt (chicken powder)
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn black pepper
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tbspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • 1 tspn methi leaves

Procedure:

-Rinse and soak basmati rice.

-Put all the ingredients given for stock and boil.

-Meanwhile, in a large vessel heat oil and brown onion along with garlic and ginger paste, then add chicken and fry until its white. Blend tomatoes and green chillies in a food processor and add this puree to the chicken.

-Stir. Add the ingredients given for masala. Mix well and add yogurt.

-Cook on low heat for 10 minutes.

-Strain the stock and discard the residue. Add the stock in the chicken. Bring it to a boil.

-Strain the soaked rice, discard the water and add the rice into the stock and chicken mix.

-Cook on medium heat until the rice begins to boil and very less water is left. Cover the vessel and let it cook for another 10 minutes on low heat.

-Chicken Pulao is ready. Serve hot with dhaniya pudina chutney and fresh salad or Shaami Kabab.

Mutton Pulao (Mutton Pilav)

Mutton Pulao is one of the famous dishes of Pakistan (especially Punjab province) and Afghanistan. This is a very mild aromatic dish of rice and meat and is extremely nutritious…..

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Ingredients:

FOR STOCK

  • 1 kg mutton chops/ mutton pieces (pieces with some fats on)
  • 7 ½ cups water
  • 1 tbspn dry coriander
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds
  • 4 black cardamoms
  • 1 tspn black peppercorns
  • 1 tbspn mace
  • 1 tbspn cracked nutmeg
  • 1 tspn cloves
  • 4 – 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tspn crushed ginger
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 ½ tspns salt
  • Few saffron strands
  • 1 big piece of cinnamon
  • 1 tbspn dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 onion sliced

FOR PULAO

  • ¾ cup oil/ ghee
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 2 tbspns yogurt
  • 3 ½ cups super kernel rice
  • Some ginger juliennes
  • 2 green chilllies
  • Some water to soak the rice

(you can use basmati rice instead)

Procedure:

-In a pressure cooker or in a simple vessel place all the ingredients given for stock and cook until the meat in tender. If cooking in a pressure cooker, make sure you don’t overdo the meat. The meat should not be over cooked.

-Strain and reserve the stock and meat. Dispose of the residue of whole spices and vegetables.

-In a separate vessel, heat some oil or ghee (use ghee for rich and heavy Pulao) and fry onion and ginger juliennes in it.

-When the onion is golden brown add boiled meat and yogurt. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Now add 7 cups of stock and bring it to a boil.

-Add soaked rice and cook on medium heat until very less water is left. Add green chilllies and cover the vessel and let the Pulao cook on slow flame for 5- 10 minutes or until the whole water is absorbed and rice are dry.

-Serve.