For the rice:
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 3 cups water or stock
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 4 cloves
- 4 cardamoms
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 inch cinnamon
- 2 green chilis slit
- 1 onion sliced finely
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup raisins
- Handful of fried cashew nuts
- 2 tablespoons of milk with a pinch of saffron soaked in it
- 2 tablespoon ghee
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
For the chicken:
- 1 pound chicken cut into small pieces
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
- 2 teaspoons red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- A few sprigs of mint chopped finely
- A few sprigs of cilantro chopped finely
Assemble your ingredients.
Wash the basmati rice till the water runs clear and then soak the rice for 30 mins. Drain and set aside.
In a bowl marinate the chicken with yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, coriander powder, chopped mint, chopped cilantro and salt. Set aside for 30 mins to 24 hours.
In a large cooking pot heat the ghee and oil together
Add the cumin seeds. Once it sizzles add the green chilis, cloves, cardamom, bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
Once it turns fragrant, add the onions and sauté till they start turning brown.
Now add the marinated chicken and cook till it starts becoming pale
Now add the mint and coriander leaves and mix well together
Now add the cranberries and raisins and mix together
Add the drained rice and give it a stir
Add the water and salt.
Again, give it a good stir, close the lid and cook and low for 15-17 mins. When the rice is almost done, add the milk with saffron strands. Don’t stir. Close the lid and let it continue cooking.
Take it off heat and let is sit for a minute.
Fluff with a fork.
Add the fried cashews, mint and coriander as garnish.
Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 303IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg