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Hindustani Pulau ( Pilaf )

Hindustani Pulau

Aroma you can’t ignore!


-Rice 1/2 kg soaked for 20 minutes

-Kewra essence

-Oil 1 tbsp

For stock:

-Chicken 1kg

-Fennel seeds 4 tbsp

-Coriander seeds 4 tbsp

-Onion medium 1 roughly chopped

-Garlic cloves 4-5

-Water 5 cups


Boil chicken with all the above ingredients for about 1 hr on low flame. When chicken is tender, remove from stock and reduce stock by 3-4 cups. Drain and set aside.


-Onion 1 medium sliced

-Ginger garlic paste 1tbsp

-Cloves 3

-Black pepper 3

-Green cardamom 2

-Yogurt 1/2 cup


Heat oil and fry onion till brown. Add ginger garlic paste, black pepper, cloves, cardamom and finally the cooked chicken. Fry all together until chicken turns light golden brown. Remove the chicken again and set aside. Sprinkle a pinch of orange food color and a tbsp of oil over hot chicken and rub together.

Pulau Chicken

Chicken separated from masala

In the above pan with onions and spices, add yogurt and cook well. Add stock and let it boil. Add soaked rice in boiling stock and cook until all the water dries up.

For dum, Add combine chicken with rice, drizzle Kewra essence, sliced ginger and oil over rice, cover and cook in low flame for 10-15 minutes.


Kitchen Tip:

To avoid ants in your sugar pot, mix some cloves in it to keep the ants away.

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Mixed Spicy Rice

Mixed Spicy Rice



Rice are not only a great source of energy and carbohydrates that adds up to your daily diet but its also a great cooking choice with lots of variations and styles, the way you want it. This recipe is very different and you just have to assemble it together and when you eat, a blast of flavors will run into your mouth with a yummy effect altogether ! so you have to enjoy this one..


For Stalk:

-Garlic 2 cloves

-Carrots 1 small chopped

-Onions 1 small cubed

-Whole black pepper 4-5

-Salt 2 tsp

Green Sauce:

-Fresh Coriander 2 bunches

-Mint leaves 1/2 bunch

-Green chilies 2-3

-Salt to taste

-Lemon juice 1 tbsp

Mix Topping:

-Chicken boneless 1/2 cup cubed ( marinated with black pepper, salt, vinegar and baking powder)

-Potatoes 1/2 cup cubed

-Capsicum 1/2 cup cubed

-Tomato 1/2 cup

-Cabbage 1/2 cup

-Oil 1/2 cup



Boil rice in stalk ingredients until well done. Fry marinated chicken until cooked, add vegetables and saute for a while. Add a little salt at this stage to keep vegetables crisp.

Grind ingredients for green sauce and squeeze lemon juice at the end.

Now assemble all of the prepared items on a bed of boiled rice. Drizzle green sauce over top and enjoy all its refreshing flavors!


Health Fact:

High Blood Pressure: As rice is low in sodium, it is considered best food for those suffering from high blood pressure and hypertension.



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Potato Rice

Potato Rice

Simple, nutritionist and delicious Potato Rice Meal


I always liked simple and tasty food and i enjoy cooking them as well. Potato is one of my favorite vegetable and i love experimenting with it. Though the recipe i am writing today is far simpler and is cooked on almost a daily basis. Its highly nutritious and yum to eat!


-Potatoes cubed 3 ( i kept it with skin as its a really good source of fiber )

-Rice 3 cups soaked for 15 mins

-Onions 2 thinly sliced

-Chopped ginger & garlic 1 tbsp

-Green chillies 5

-Red chilli powder 1 tbsp

-Black pepper powder 1 tbsp

-Turmeric powder 1 tsp

-Oil 1/2 cup

-Star aniseeds 3

-Cumin seeds

-Chicken stock 1 1/2 cups

-Salt to taste

-Mint leaves to garnish



Heat oil in pan and add star aniseed and cumin seeds, fry a little. Add onions and fry till golden brown. Add potatoes and all the spices and fry well. Add 1/2 stalk cover and cook on low heat until potatoes are tender. Add soaked rice and salt and the remaining stalk just to cover the rice. Do not over flow with stalk or your rice will become so soggy.

Cook on high flame until all the water dries up. Place the pot on a hot plate to give indirect heat while on dum. Spread green chillies on top and let it dum for about 10 mins.


Serve with yogurt if you like.


Health fact:

Potatoes have Vitamin-C and B-complex and minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc are good for the skin. Apart from that, pulp obtained from crushed raw potatoes, mixed with honey, can serve as excellent skin and face packs.

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Karhi Khichdi


Today its my menu at home. It’s a typical Gujrati summer dish. It’s cool, its refreshing, its satisfying and absolutely fabulous daily meal. Full of nutritions and taste!

Ingredients For Karhi:

-Garlic 3 cloves

-Gram flour  2 tbsp

-Yogurt 1/2 cup

-Green chillies 4-5

-Fresh corriander 1 bunch

-Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

-Salt to taste


-Onion 1 small sliced

-Whole Red pepper 4-5

-Curry leaves 6-7

-Cumin seeds 1 tsp


Blend all the ingredients for karhi together to a thin paste. Make it boil in a sauce pan and add baghar by heating up oil and add the ingredients for baghar and pour onto the hot karhi.

Rice Khichdi:

-Rice 2 cup

-Orange lentil 1/2 cup

-Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp


-Oil 1 tbsp


-Onion 1 small thinly sliced

-Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp

-Green chillies 2

-Cumin seeds 1 tsp

-Salt to taste


Boil rice with salt, oil and turmeric powder. When done drain the water and set aside. Prepare its baghar by heating oil in a pot add onions fry till light golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste, green chillies, cumin seeds and salt and stirr for a minute. Add to the boiled rice andm ix well.

Your wonderfully delicious meal is ready to serve~!

Health tip:

Keep a optimistic Mental point of view: There’s a definitive connection between living well and healthfully and having a cheerful outlook on life.

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Masala Mutton Biryani


Yesterday it was my dad’s birthday and i cooked his favorite mutton biryani with masala marination. Though i cooked in more than sufficient quantity, but at the end of the dinner  the dishes were empty 🙂 so here tis the recipe of super tasty biryani as the way i like it and i am sure you will too!


-Mutton 1 kg ( i took neck’s part as its much softer and tenderizes quick )

-Sela Rice  3 / 12 cups soaked for 2 hours

-Onions medium sized thinly sliced 4

-Green chillies 6-7 cut slit

-Yogurt 1 1/2 cups

-Red chilli powder 4 tbsps

-Tumeric powder 1 tsp

-Corriander powder 2 tbsps

-Cumin powder 1 tbsp

-Whole Garam Masala 2 tbsps ( cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, bay leaf, star aniseed, cardemom, green cardemom & black cumin seeds)

-Oil 1 cup

-Mint & corriander leaves 2 tbsps chopped

-Saffron few strings

-Lemon juice 4 tbsps

-Ginger garlic paste 3 tbsps heaped

-Salt to taste


Fry or deep fry onions till golder browna and set aside. Marinate the mutton in yogurt, ginger garlic paste, half of the fried onions, 2 tbsps oil, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, corriander powder, cumin powder, 2 tbsps lemon juice and salt. Leave it  for about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, boil water with half of the garam masala, mint and corriander leaves and salt. Add soaked rice in boiling water and cook till half done.

Cook marinated meat covered on low flame until the meat it done. Add 1 cup water to  cook.

In another pan, add oil, fry whole garam masala, fried onions (leave some for dum) and cooked meat until all the excess water dries up. When cooking add few mint & corriander leaves.

Now its time for dum. Place a tawa (hot plate) first on high flame then the biryani pot. Apply a thin rice layer at the bottom then all the meat gravy and finally the remaining rice. Sprinkle the remaining fried onions, green chillies, saffron, lemon juice and rest mint & corriander leaves. Dum on high flame until you see the smoke evaporating from the sides. Lower the flame and leave for about 15-20 minutes.


Kitchen Tip:

To keep the chillies fresh for a longer time, remove the stems before storing.

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Hyderabadi Hara Masala Biryani

Hyderabad is rich in taste and flavors. Among the most of favorite and popular of its dishes, Hyderabadi biryanis are the toppers. There are quite a variety of this to make with several procedures. I am going to add some of the many specialities in this royal delicacy.  Hyderabadi Hara masala biryani is a great choice for home parties and family get togethers, as it is not only super tasty but also comparatively easier and quicker to prepare as other versions.


-Chicken 1 ikg

-High quality Basmati Rice 3 cups

-Yogurt 1 cup

-Green chillies 9-10

-Red chilli powder 2 tbsps

-Fresh Corriander 1 bunch

-Mint leaves 1/2 bunch

-Juice of 2 lemons

-Onions sliced 3 medium

-Whole black pepper 4-5

-Cardemom 2-3

-Cloves 3-4

-Cinnamon sticks 1-2

-Saffron 1 tsp mixed in 1/2 cup hot milk.

-Ginger Garlic paste 4-5 tbsps

-Ghee/Oil 1 cup

-Garam Masala powdered 1tbsp

-Black cumin seeds 1 tbsp

-Salt to taste


First, marinate the chicken with ginger garlic paste, yogurt, red chilli powder, salt, half of the lemon juice and 2 tbsp of ghee . Make a paste of green chillies, fresh corrianders and mint leaves and  add it to the chicken. Leave it to marinate for 3o – 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, brown the onions in a cup of  ghee/oil, and crsush half of them and add to the chicken. In the remaining oil/ghee, add whole garam masala ( cumin, cloves, cardemom, cinnamon and black pepper) and finally add the meat and cook on high flame for 5-10 minutes then add water as desired to tender the chicken. 

Boil rice with few mint leaves , salt and oil and drain. Take them out when they are half done.

Now prepare for dum. First add the layer of cooked meat, then rice , repeat. On the top of dum , add saffron mixed with milk, lemon juice, mint and corriander leaves , garam masala powdered and ghee. Give dum for 10-15mins .

And its ready.

Health Tip:

Move extra: Make it a daily challenge to find ways to move your body. Climb stairs if given a choice between that and escalators or elevators. Play with your kids; throw balls with friends, trim the lawn. Anything that moves your limbs is not only a fitness tool, it’s a stress buster. Think ‘move’ in small increments of time. It doesn’t have to be an hour in the gym. But that’s great when you’re up to it. Meanwhile, move more.