How to Make Chicken Pilau

by Steve pyke

a lot simpler than you think, can be made without meat.


  • 1 Cup basmati rice
  • ½ kilograms chicken thigh
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup garden peas
  • 1 Inch ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 large cooking spoon yoghurt
  • 1 Pinch black pepper
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    the ingredients.

    Step 2

    peel your onion, ginger and garlic

    Step 3

    chop onion to a medium thickness

    Step 4

    put oil in heavy bottom saucepan on full flame

    Step 5

    add your onions and brown. this means cook until a bit scorched, it's necessary for the recipe.

    Step 6

    add in grated ginger, stir

    Step 7

    add in cumin seeds, stir

    Step 8

    crush in your garlic, stir

    Step 9

    add in four or five cloves, stir

    Step 10

    now add in one big cooking spoon or about a third of a tall tub of natural yoghurt.

    Step 11

    stuff will scorch and stick to the bottom of the pan, use the yoghurt to loosen, lower heat and stir. add salt and pepper.

    Step 12

    check your meat is not cut too large and cut to about an inch in thickness. you need thigh for the fat which adds flavour.

    Step 13

    put into mix and stir.

    Step 14

    put 25 mins on the timer.

    Step 15

    add enough water up to a third of the pan depth, them cover on a low simmering heat. hot or cold water is fine.

    Step 16

    now grab a coffee while the meat cooks.I like a cappuccino. keep an eye on the meat and stir occasionally, add water if drying out. the longer at lower heat the better

    Step 17

    check meat is cooked, cook longer if necessary. add peas, stir

    Step 18

    wash rice.

    Step 19

    add rice into pot, then put about 15 mins on the timer, put on cover, on a low low heat. stir occasionally to ensure it's not sticking to the bottom or burning. top up a splash of water if required.

    Step 20

    after 15 mins it should look like this, have a stir to ensure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. it's not necessarily fully cooked, you need to do the next stage to avoid mushy rice.

    Step 21

    put a dry, clean, absorbent cloth, tea towel or whatnot on top of pot, and put top back on, turn off gas and leave alone for 10 minutes or so. this draws out any excess moisture.

    Step 22

    all done! stop yourself from eating that....