Chicken 1/2 kg
Onion 1 medium sized sliced
Tomatoes 2, blended into a paste
Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water 4 1/2 cups
Rice 3 cups (soaked for 10-20 minutes)
Black pepper corns, cloves, cinnamon and cumin seeds, whole red chilies, green cardamom.
Heat oil in a pan, add the onions, fry them for three minutes or until they change the color to a very light golden brown. Then add the chopped tomatoes, garlic paste and chicken. Fry for another five minutes. Now add the spices, black pepper corns, cloves, cinnamon, cumin seeds, whole red red chilies, green cardamom and a pinch of turmeric powder. Now add 4 1/2 cups of water to the chicken and cook till 4 cups of water remain in the chicken about, 10-15 minutes. Now add the soaked rice (make sure the stock is boiling before adding the rice). Cover with a a tight lid and cook on a very low heat for 20 minutes. Avoid opening the lid in between no matter how curious you may be!
*Chicken meat can be substituted by beef or mutton, but cooking time may vary.