Recipe for Spiced Chicken Pilau


1/4 cup ghee
2 large onions, cut in thin slices
4 skinned boneless chicken breasts, c; ubed (4 oz)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 cup basmati rice
3 3/4 cup boiling chicken stock
5 green cardamom pods, crushed, seeds; removed
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1/2 cup unsalted cashews
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 green onion daisy (opt)
1 red bell pepper strips (opt)
1 fresh parsley sprig (opt)


Melt ghee in large saucepan. Add onions and chicken and fry 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add turmeric and rice; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in stock, cardamom seeds, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek and salt. Bring to a boil. Stir well, cover and cook gently 20 minutes.

Add green peas, cashews and raisins. Fluff mixture with a fork, cover and cook 10 minutes. Fluff again with a fork. Garnish with a green onion daisy, bell pepper strips and parsley sprig, if desired, and serve hot.

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