Pulao is typically considered a second grade in comparison to biryani. It is thought that the pulao is made by the one who does not want to involve in extravagance of biryani. But making a good pulao requires as much skills as biryani making as it all starts with cooking the rice perfectly. Always made the pulao using long grain aged basmati ice that result into each grain separate, fragrant, flavorful rice.
Kofta means meat balls and kofta pulao means meatballs in rice. The meatballs prepared for chicken kofta pulao or chicken meat balls rice are small unlike the meatballs that we prepared for pasta. Chicken kofta that we prepared for this eid special recipe are very juicy and easy to make. A comforting and satisfying pulao favorite with young and old. The combination of kofta and rice is not only a treat for the eyes but for the taste buds too. As eid is near try this delicious chicken kofta pulao for your family gathering and surprise your guests with attractive and flavorful dish along with raita or chatni. For the ease of every one I added the ingredients in urdu/hindi and added pictures of all steps of how to make chicken kofta pulao. Try and enjoy!
In a food processor add chicken, onion, green chilies, ginger garlic paste, salt, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder. Grind chicken with all these ingredients to make a fine paste.
Now take the chicken mince out and add powder of roasted gram flour in it. The powder of gram flour will act as binding agent for the kofta and will absorb the moisture of the mince. Combine everything well.
Grease your hands with oil and make small meat balls, place aside in a plate.
Heat enough oil in a pan on medium flame and fry the meat balls till 50% done. Remaining 50 % cooking will be done in pulao. Take out of the pan and keep aside.
Now prepare the pulao.
In a large pot add ghee and let it heat on medium flame.
Add sliced onion in it and fry till they turn to golden brown.
Add whole garam masala in it and cook for few seconds so that masala could release its aroma.
Add sliced tomatoes in it and give a mix to everything. Cover the pot, turn the flame to low and let the tomatoes get fully cooked.
Then uncover the pot and add ginger garlic paste in it. Fry it for few seconds as well.
Now add salt and red chili powder and soaked tamarind in it. Give a mix for few second.
Then add fried chicken kofta in this masala. Let these fry with this masala on medium flame for 5-6 minutes.
Add 1.5 liter of water (for 1 kg rice) in the masala now. Also add green chilies in the water.Turn the flame to high.
When the water in chicken kofta starts to boil, strain the water from soaked rice and add in this boiling water.Give a gentle stir to the rice. The flame should remain high at this stage as well.
When the water in the pulao almost dries (80% dries out) prepare for steam cooking (dam) of pulao.
Place a tawa (griddle) below the pot of pulao, place a kitchen towel on the top of pot, then put the cover on the pot.
Steam cook for 20-25 minutes till the rice are fully cooked.
Easy and delicious chicken kofta pulao is ready to enjoy.