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Yakhni Pulao

Yakhni pulao finds a mention in Ain e Akbari. It is of Persian origins but  honed to perfection in the kitchens of the Awadh Nawabs.


For #Yakhni stock
1 p Ginger
5 cloves garlic chopped
2 Onion chopped
2 Big cardamom
2 small cardamom
Few Pepper corn,cloves
1 tbsp (Saunf)
1 tbsp Whole coriander
4-5 cups water

240 gms meat ( chicken or mutton)
250 gms basmati previously  soaked
1 onion sliced
1/2 cup dahi well beated
1 pc ginger chopped finely
Few tez patta, laung, pepper

1. The above ingredients for stock should be tied up in a fine muslin cloth
In pressure cooker Put 250 gm meat in 4 cups water, salt to taste

2.  Pressure cook the meat for 15-20 min.
If using chicken then dont pressure cook

3. Strain meat and keep the stock.
asideTake out muslin bag and squeeze out all the juice from it.

4. Slice one onion finely.
Dice a piece of ginger.
Take 1/2 cup of beaten curd& tez patta, laung and peepercorn

5. Fry onion golden brown and take out and set aside for garnish. Add the chopped ginger, tez patta, laung& pepper

6. Add the mutton/chicken  puece and fry till moisture evaporates.

7. Add previously soaked basmati rice ( at least an hour) and fry tilk its coated with oul. Add the stock.

8. Stock should be double of rice
Eg. 2 cups rice
4 cups stock
250 gm meat means 250 gm rice too

9. Simmer on low flame till rice is done.
10. serve hot with garnish of fried onions. I dont add colour but you can add that after its cooked.

We usually serve it with Dahi phulki and kababs