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Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)

Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)
Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)

Healthy Chicken Akni (Pulao) was my friend Alnaar’s favourite meal growing up, so she very generously shared it with me.  Akni (also known as Pulao) is an East Indian / African rice dish.  You can make it with either beef or chicken.  The recipe here calls for chicken but you could follow the exact same steps and use beef instead if you prefer.  I would use stewing beef since its already cubed.

Ingredients in Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)

Ingredients in Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)

One of the main ingredients in Akni (pulao) is cumin seed.  Cumin seeds are a great source of iron and have also been used traditionally to aid digestion.  The photo above shows the cumin seeds to the right of the rice in case you are wondering what they look like.

  1. Spices

Cumin Seed, Cardamom Pods, Whole Cloves, Peppercorns, Cinnamon, Salt

  1. Fresh Ingredients

Tomato, Red Onion, Serrano (or Jalapeno) Pepper, Red Baby Potatoes, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Garlic, Fresh Ginger

  1. Coconut Oil
  1. Rice

I use Basmati Rice but you could use another type if you prefer.

  1. Chicken

I use a mix of boneless, skinless breast & thigh pieces.

Tips for making Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)

Ingredients in Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)

I like to blend the onion and tomato used in the recipe in a magic bullet.  Its really quick and easy but you could use any kind of blender that you have on hand.

Spices in Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)

The one thing that Alnaar says she hated growing up was getting a clove or a cardamom pod in her mouth by accident.  I agree, gross right! Most people (her mom included) like to throw all the spices into the pot to add flavour, but then you have to worry about accidentally eating one whole (once again gross)!  So…her solution is to put all of the spices (except for the cumin seeds) in a tea diffuser and just throw that in once you add the water.  Brilliant right! When the Chicken Akni (pulao) is cooked, just remove the diffuser. Easy peasy right?!

Cooking Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)

The photo below is what your Chicken Akni should look like once the rice is cooked and all of the water is absorbed. You can eat it on its own or with The Best Kachumber (Spicy Indian Salad).  Kids often like to mix yogourt into the Pulao as well.

Cooked Chicken Akni Pulao

ENJOY!

I hope you love this Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)! If you make it, please feel free to rate and comment below so I know you liked it! I’d be so thrilled if you’d follow me on Instagram @Turmeric_Me_Crazy.

As always, thank you kindly for your readership!

Hugs from Trish
Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)

Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)

4.5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 people

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/2 Medium Red Onion
  • 1 Serrano or Jalapeno Pepper Optional
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp Cumin Seed
  • 1 kg Chicken boneless, skinless breast and thigh pieces
  • 1 tbsp Crushed Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Crushed Ginger
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 cups Water
  • 4 Cardamom Pods
  • 4 Whole Cloves
  • 1/2 stick Cinnamon
  • 10 Peppercorns
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 5 Red Baby Potatoes cut in half
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Blend tomato, onion and optional hot pepper and set aside.
  • Dice chicken into 1 inch cubes.
  • Melt coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat and add cumin seed. Once cumin seed is sizzling, add garlic, ginger and salt. Stir and then add chicken. Sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add onion and tomato mixture and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Place cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorn in a diffuser or mesh bag. Add to pot with 3 cups of water.
  • Rince rice with water 3 or 4 times.
  • Stir in rice and baby potatoes once water comes to a boil. Wait a minute to make sure that the water is still boiling and cover pot with lid. Simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes. Do not stir or rice will break and become mushy.
  • Once all of the water is absorbed, squeeze fresh lemon juice over akni.
  • Serve with kachumber or yogourt.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Akni (Pulao) Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 468 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 1273mg 53%
Potassium 421mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 43g 86%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 2%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Full Flavoured Chicken Akni (Pulao)
Amount per Serving
Calories
468
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
104
mg
35
%
Sodium
 
1273
mg
55
%
Potassium
 
421
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
41
g
14
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
43
g
86
%
Vitamin A
 
150
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
11.6
mg
14
%
Calcium
 
20
mg
2
%
Iron
 
2.2
mg
12
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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6 years ago

I’m so glad to finally find an easy recipe to Akni , one of my favorite meals. And I love the idea of using the tea diffuser – I am one of those people who will spend the first five minutes of my meal taking out all the cloves and spices, so that’s perfect for me!

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