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Chicken Masala Rice

Posted on 2015-01-14
Chicken Masala Rice
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If you are looking for a hearty dinner recipe, you have to try this satisfying and easy to make Chicken Masala Rice recipe. The main ingredients are chicken, kidney beans, rice, and masala flavour.

Yield: Serves 4

  • 1 1/3 cups uncooked rice (I used this brand: Saleem Caravan, Super Golden Basmati Rice)
  • 450 g boneless & skinless chicken, cut into 1 1/4 inches pieces
  • 1 cup dried red kidney bean
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 3 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ground saffron
  • vegetable oil
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, optional
  • thin bread, I used pita bread

Soak the red kidney bean in cold water overnight or 5-6 hours and drain. Place the beans in a small pot and pour 3 cups water over them. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt and cook until beans are just tender (do not overcook). Drain and set aside.

Place the rice in a large bowl; pour lukewarm water, stir and pour off the water. Repeat four times until water runs clear. Then soak rice in salted (with 1-2 tablespoons salt) lukewarm water for an hour.

Chicken Masala Rice

Meanwhile, heat 5 tablespoons oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion and fry until golden. Increase heat to medium-high. Add the chicken and cook until no longer pink, stirring occasionally.

Chicken Masala Rice

Add the turmeric powder and stir gently. Add 1 cup warm water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cook covered for 20 minutes. Add cumin, chilli powder, curry powder, garam masala and salt. Cover the pot and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 18-20 minutes (add more warm water during cooking, if necessary), stirring occasionally. Add the beans and cook covered for 10 more minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. Set aside.

Chicken Masala Rice

Drain the soaked rice and set aside. Pour water in a large non-stick pot (until it is 3/4-full), add 1 tablespoon salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Add rice to the boiling water and cook uncovered until rice is a little tender (not quite tender) about 4 minutes, stirring once or twice. Remove from the stove; drain the rice in a colander.

Chicken Masala Rice

Pour 3 tablespoons oil in the non-stick pot. Place a layer of thin bread in pot; it should cover the bottom of the pot.

Chicken Masala Rice

Place a layer of the rice over the bread. Then place a layer of the chicken-bean mixture on the rice.

Chicken Masala Rice

Keep layering until all the rice and mixture is used. Mix a little and try to make a nice mound in the middle. Using handle of a wooden spoon, make deep holes in rice. Pour 1/2 cup water and 6 tablespoons oil over the rice. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon saffron.

Chicken Masala Rice

Put the lid on and cook over medium-high heat until it begins to steam (about 4-5 minutes). Then wrap a kitchen towel around underside of the pot lid, making sure it is secured on top and away from heat.

Chicken Masala Rice

Reduce the heat to low and cook for approximately 35-45 minutes. Don't overcook, you don't want the rice to become too mushy.

Chicken Masala Rice

When rice is ready, remove the pot from the heat. Wet a towel with cold water and place the pot on the wet towel for a few moments (it helps to release Tah-deeg (crispy bread) from the bottom of pot). Transfer the mixed rice to a serving dish (optional: pour the melted butter over the rice).

For Tah-deeg (crispy bread); carefully remove the crusty bottom with a spatula in one whole piece.

Chicken Masala Rice

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Chicken Masala Rice
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