How to make it

  • Add water, meat 1 onion, 1 head of garlic and cloves in a large pan or pressure cooker. If using a pan boil for almost 30 minutes (more minutes for beef and less for chicken) until the meat is tender. If using a pressure cooker let cook for almost 7 minutes after the first whistle. This will be the stock for the pulao.
  • Meanwhile wash and soak basmati for 30 minutes.
  • In another large pan heat oil and pop cumin seeds, add the other medium onion finely chopped, saute for 3 minutes. Add 1tsp garlic paste and green chillies, fry until the chillies start popping.
  • Using a slotted spoon take out the meat from the stock and brown it in the oil for almost 5 minutes. Add black peppers and finely chopped tomatoes fry until the oil separates.
  • Using a slotted spoon again take out the head of garlic from the stock and squeez into the pan with meat, then measure and add 4-1/2 cups of stock, if it is less than 4-1/2 cups add water.
  • Bring stock to a boil and add soaked basmati rice. Give a gentle stir and let cook on medium - high heat until the top layer is free of water. Add the other 1 tsp of garlic mixed with 2 tbsp of water and sprinkle on top. This will give the rice a very nice flavour.
  • Cook the rice uncovered for 2 more minutes, stir gently with a spatula only once.
  • Turn the heat to medium, cover the pan with two sheets of dry paper towels and then tightly with the lid. Let cook for 6 minutes. DO NOT UNCOVER. Transfer to a cold surface (e.g. a cold stove) let the pan sit for 2 more minutes.
  • Uncover and stir with a flat turner taking care not to break the rice. Cover again and let sit for 5 - 7 minutes (the rice will keep cooking in its own steam).
  • Uncover, fluff the rice slightly and serve with raita and shami kababs :)

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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    This is my kind of food. Sounds very tasty.. Thanks for posting... Jim
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    " It was excellent "
    ambus ate it and said...
    OH WOW...another great post.That's my mom's favorite recipe.Thanks Amna.
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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    Amna, please join the Lamb What Am group so your wonderful recipes will be there. This is another perfect one, thank you
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    " It was excellent "
    mumtazcatering ate it and said...
    Salaams AMNA,thanks for an unusual post.Have it saved will definitely try
    Have a blessed day,my friend
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