Moti Pulao (Kofta Pulao)

 Moti pulao may also be called 'Kofta Pulao' with meatballs being called as 'moti' (pearls) in the rice.
It's an absolutely scrumptious recipe and very, very easy to make!

Rice 1 kg (4 cups) (washed and soaked)

For the meatballs:

Mince meat 1/2 kg
Ginger-garlic paste 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Onions 2 medium (sliced)
Red chili powder 1 tbsp
Green chilies 4-6
Fresh coriander
Bread slice 2
Egg 1
Flour as required

 For the gravy:

Onions 2 medium (finely sliced)
Ginger-garlic paste 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Red chili powder 1 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Whole garam masala 1 tbsp
Yogurt 1/2 cup
Tomato paste 4 tbsp
Chicken Stock 1 cup


Mix together all the ingredients of the meatballs except the egg. Grind them in the chopper. Take the mixture out in a bowl and add the egg. Mix well and make small meat-balls. Refrigerate for ten minutes then roll each of them in flour and fry them on medium heat till evenly browned.
In a large pot, heat some oil and add the sliced onions. Golden brown them. Now add the ginger-garlic paste, garam masala, cumin seeds, chili powder, salt and tomato paste. Mix well. Now add the fried meatballs. Stir by holding the pot-holders to avoid them from breaking. After cooking them for 2-3 minutes, take the meatballs out in a plate. Now add the rice, chicken stock and around 5 cups of water (use the same cup for measuring which you used for rice). Cover with a lid and simmer for around 8-10 minutes or till the rice is fully cooked. Now add the chopped green chilies, coriander and the meatballs. Mix gently and serve!

*You can also substitute meat for chicken.


  1. I'm not commenting on this post.
    I saw 'absolutely' nothing -.-

  2. Mai ne yahan pe abhi pura itna bara comment likha tha aur wo ghayab hogaya khud ba-khud. I was saying, I tried this recipe yesterday. I was looking for a kofta biryani recipe but came across this so chose it. I was missing all the green ingredients so it didn't turn out as good as your version (judging from the picture) but what saved it from being a disaster was the meatballs ki recipe. We loved it. The meatballs were soft and delicious and juicy. I made them with chicken. I also just noticed you *do* have a separate kofta biryani recipe here and I can't wait to try that next.


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