Tomato Pilau with Bbq'd Chicken Skewers

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Serves 3-4

Tasty, simple and light on the stomach, tomato pilau can be served on it's own or with an accompaniment of meat or kababs or bbq'd chicken as I have served it here. Goes beautifully with raita and kachumbar and a big glass of icy cold fruit juice. :))

Ingredients for Tomato Pilau
300 gm
basmati rice (1 and a half cups), washed 2-3 times then soaked for half an hour.
2
onions, chopped
1/2 tsp
turmeric powder
1/2 tsp
cumin/coriander powder
1/2 tsp
freshly ground roasted cumin powder
2 tbsp
butter
4 tbsp
oil
1/2 tsp
garlic paste
a bit of chopped coriander
2
tomatoes, chopped with the peel on
2
tomatoes, peeled and liquidized
1 tbsp
yoghurt
water or stock, warm (for every cup of rice, you will need 1 and quarter cups of water)
1 tbsp
whole cumin seeds
1/2 tsp
whole pepper
2
cinnamon sticks
2
cloves
2
cardamom
Ingredients for BBQ Chicken Skewers
500 gm
boneless chicken breast, cut into even sized cubes
1 tsp
chilli powder
1/2 tbsp
ginger paste
1/2 tbsp
garlic paste
1 tsp
tandoori masala
1/2 tsp
turmeric powder
half a lemon's juice
1 tbsp
oil
2 tbsp
yoghurt
pinch of red or orange colouring (optional)
salt to taste (about 1 tsp.)
Instructions 

Tomato Pilau.

Heat the oil and butter, then add the whole spices; cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves.

Once they splutter in the oil, add your chopped onions. Fry them until they are translucent, stirring with a wooden spoon. Then add the turmeric and cumin/coriander powder.

Let these fry for a few minutes, then add the garlic paste and chopped tomato. Fry together for a couple of minutes, then add in the liquidized tomatoes and the yoghurt. Cook until the mixture thickens then add the stock/water and some salt. Let the stock simmer and taste for the salt. You should be able to feel the saltiness. If it feels just right, it means you have too little. Remember that the rice will need some salt too, so let the salt be enough that you can taste it to be a bit more than you would want. Not too much of course!

As soon as the the water starts boiling, drain your rice (which should have been pre-soaked for about half an hour) and add this rice to the stock. Sprinkle a bit of coriander on this, and stir a little. Let this cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring now and then, then reduce the heat to medium and keep cooking it whilst covered until the water diminishes, giving it a stir every now and then to make sure all the rice is cooked evenly and perfectly.

When you find there is very little water left in the rice, reduce the heat to the lowest point possible. Seal your pan by using a tight lid or wetting a kitchen towel and placing it over the pan then placing a lid on top of it.

Leave the rice to continue steaming on very low heat for a good 10 mins. Switch off, and serve with accompaniments of your choice! :)

BBQ Chicken Skewers

Marinate the chicken cubes in all the ingredients preferably overnight or for at least 4 hours. Skewer them and grill until tender. You can dab a bit of oil on the pieces as they grill. Do not over-cook them, they should be ready within 10-15minutes. Make sure you turn the skewers several times during the grilling. Serve hot!!


Comments

Aslm Alkm,

Wen u say tomatoes liquidized,u mean blanched tomatoes and it's puree right?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, no need to blanch, simply wash, chop and blend into a puree.

Jzk!! I tried it out!! Turned out real nice!! :) I accompanied it with malai tikka! :)
Keep up the excellent work! Love it!! :)

hi'
liked ur reciepe..was asking is it ok he bbq chicken instead of grilling should i make them in oven?
regards

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, thanks and yes you can.

Wow luks amazing, I have u try it today in shaa Allah.
Thnx sweety

Aslm fauzia mchele ni chemshe kando ama...?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, usichemshe mchele kando. Osha uroweke kwa dakika 20 tu, kisha ufuate maagizo yalivyoandikwa kwenye recipe. :)

I followed the recipe to a T, but the end stock mixture (in which rick is cooked) was very thick like a stew consistency and the rice did not get cooked through. I know this was because the mixture was not watery enough to cook rice....should I use less tomatoes next time? I could have added more water to make it right consistency for rice to be cooked in it if I did that then the rice would get very soft or I would have needed to increase the quantity office...hope I made sense, please advice.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Not sure why yours ended up too thick, mine normally turns out perfect. Try reducing the tomatoes next time, could be that you used larger tomatoes than mine. :)

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Not sure why yours ended up too thick, mine normally turns out perfect. Try reducing the tomatoes next time, could be that you used larger tomatoes than mine. :)

ikhlas's picture

My pilau was extremly red not luke yours...why?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Did you use more tomatoes? If not, then it could be the tomatoes used were large. If that is the case, use slightly less next time, or smaller tomatoes. :)