Holla! I'm back after my long hiatus. I'm beginning with this delicious pulao my sister makes. She makes it more like a biryani. I came upon this yummy dish when I arrived starving at my sister's place and raided her refrigerator. In there was a giant bowl of this left over pulao. I ate the whole bowl, it was that good. So here is the recipe. It can be made with any other meat or with vegetables as well. Do try it out.
Chicken (bone in or boneless) cut into small chunks-1 small store package
Rice 2 cups, wash and soak for 30 minutes in water.
Chicken broth 4 cups (can substitute water/vegetable broth)
2 tomatoes chopped
1 inch stick of cinnamon
2-3 cardamom pods
1 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
4-5 green chillies
2 inch piece of ginger
salt to taste
Grind all the ingredients of the mint mix with water into a smooth paste. Add the paste to the chicken and marinate for 30 minutes. Heat Oil in a pot. Add spices. Add chicken with the Mint mixture and fry well. Add the tomatoes. Cook till the tomatoes are well cooked into the mint sauce and the mixture has turned thick. Add the rice and more salt if needed. Add the chicken broth. Stir once and then bring to a boil. Lower heat and cover with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes or till rice is done. Serve hot.