One Pot Chicken Rice - A delicious chicken rice !!!
Tip – Please use same measuring cup to measure rice and water.
Serves: 2 – 3
For the chicken:
500 g chicken pieces, cut into medium size pieces
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon salt
Wash and clean chicken pieces. Drain out water thoroughly. In a wide bowl, marinate chicken pieces evenly with turmeric powder and salt. Cover and keep aside for half an hour.
1 tablespoon oil / ghee
3 cloves (optional)
3 cardamom (optional)
1 small bay leaf (optional)
1 stick cinnamon (optional)
1 onion, finely sliced
2 tablespoon ginger – garlic paste
¾ teaspoon red chilli powder (or 1 teaspoon for more spicy rice)
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 ½ teaspoon coriander powder
1 tomato, finely chopped (1 big size or 2 small size)
2 tablespoon finely chopped mint and coriander leaves (do not add thick stem)
Marinated chicken pieces
Extra 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
2 tablespoon water
1 cup (Indian standard measuring cup of 200 ml / 8 oz capacity) basmati rice (1 3/4 cup water required for 1 cup Dawat brand basmati rice)
1 ½ cup water
Raita / pickle for serving
Dilute red chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder in 4 teaspoons of water and keep aside.
Wash and clean rice. Soak in 2 cups of water for half an hour. Drain out water completely.
Heat oil in a non stick pan on medium heat. Add whole spices (cloves, cardamom, bay leaf and cinnamon) - optional) and fry on a low heat till fragrant.
Add sliced onions and fry till golden color.
Add ginger – garlic paste and stir well for 2 – 3 minutes until the raw smell goes.
Add diluted spice powder and mix well for 2 minutes until the water dries up.
Add chopped tomato and fry well for 2 – 3 minutes.
Add chopped mint and coriander leaves, marinated chicken pieces and adjust salt to taste (or 1 teaspoon). Sprinkle 2 tablespoon water. Mix all the ingredients well. Cover with a tight lid and cook on a medium to low heat for 15 minutes until half done (In India, normal cooking time for broiler chicken is 30 – 35 minutes in India. Popular brands are Suguna and Venky’s brand).
Once you add the marinated chicken, note down the timing.
At this stage, open the lid and check quantity of the gravy. It may be ¼ cup. Now add 1 cup drained rice and 1 ½ cup water (1 ¾ cup water required for 1 cup basmati rice. Here we're adding 1 1/2 cup water + 1/4 cup gravy from the chicken curry = 1 3/4 cup water - including gravy). No need to add extra salt now.
Cover again and cook on a medium to low heat for another 15 – 20 minutes or until done / rice cooked well and water dries up. Serve with raita / pickle / korma..