Those who visit my blog regularly must have known by now,that I love middle eastern cuisine :) and I just love to try new recipes from the middle eastern cuisine and thats the reason I have become a member of 'Walima cooking club'. :)
On some idle and lazy days I just don't feel like cooking 2- 3 things(main course, side dishes and all) for dinner. And I prefer cooking 1 dish meals, which should be filling and should taste yummy and delicious. And this recipe caught my eyes the other day..for it looked easy and yummy.And most importantly I knew my husband will love it, Coz as he always says ''I am a pure non-vegetarian'' ;-) This recipe is adapted from the book'' Middle eastern cookbook'' by Maria khalife.
500 grams of Chicken,
3 cups of Basmati rice,
5-6 cups of hot water,
2 finely chopped tomatoes,
2 finely sliced onions,
300 grams of tomato puree,
4-5 cloves of garlic-crushed,
1/4 cup vegetable oil,
3 green cardamoms,
3 cinnamon sticks,
1 tbsp of peppercorns,
4- 5 tbsp of silvered almonds,
grated rind of 1 orange and
salt and pepper powder to taste.
Wash the chicken, pat dry and season with some salt and pepper. Rinse and soak the rice in water for 20-30 minutes.
Heat the oil in a medium sized pan, add the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves and saute for few minutes, add the onions and fry till golden brown. Add the peeled and crushed garlic and saute for few minutes, add the finely chopped tomatoes and cook till they become soft. Now add the tomato puree and the seasoned chicken to the pan. And cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper powder to taste, orange rind, grated carrot and mix well. Now immediately add the hot water and cook over medium heat for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken becomes tender. Remove the chicken pieces and keep aside.Add the soaked rice to the liquid in the saucepan. Cover and cook on low heat till the rice is tender.
Transfer the rice to a serving dish and arrange the chicken pieces on the rice and top with some peppercorns and almonds.
I am sending this Yummy Chicken rice to Srilekha's EFM variety rice. And I am also sending the below recipes from my archives.
ARROZ VERDE- Mexican green rice.
MUTTON BIRYANI -Bangalore style
MANSAF -Jordanian rice