Recipe: Kukdi Ku Jhol Ki Khichdi-Chicken Yakhani Pulao Uttarakhandi

Chicken and rice with kewra water flavor prepared for Uttarakhand Muslim weddings




  • Chicken pieces ½ kg
  • Rice 300 gm (soaked)
  • Fennel seeds 1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder 1 tbsp
  • Onion 1
  • Green chilies 8
  • Whole hot spices 25 gm
  • Turmeric powder 2 tbsp
  • Water 1 cup
  • Star Anise 5
  • Cumin seeds 1 tbsp
  • Ginger, garlic paste 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Clarified butter 1 cup + 4 tbsp


→ Heat clarified butter in a pot and fry the onions, chicken, and ginger garlic paste.
→ Put fennel seeds and coriander powder in a muslin pouch and add to the pot.
→ When chicken changes colour add hot spices, salt, turmeric powder, green chilies and water.
→ Fry and remove from flame.
→ In a separate pot boil rice with aniseed flowers, cumin seeds and salt.
→ Layer cooked rice on top of chicken in the pot and pour 4 tbsp clarified butter over it.
→ Cover with a tight lid and steam on very low heat for 15 minutes or until done.
→ Mix and serve hot.

February 5, 2017

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