Non Vegetarian
Kabuli Pilaf
  • serves:3-4
    2 1/2 cups of Kohinoor Basmati Rice
    1 1/4 kg of lamb or beef, large pieces
    1 cup of beef/lamb broth
    1 large onion, diced
    1 tsp of garam masala (spice blend:ground peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom)
    1/2 tsp of saffron
    1/2 tbsp of cumin powder
    1 tsp of salt
    1 tsp of brown sugar (optional)
    2 carrots, sliced into vertical slices
    1 cup of yellow raisins
    1/2 cup blanched almonds
    1/2 cup blanched pistachios
    1/2 cup cooking oil
    2 cups of water

cooking time: 30 min
Soak rice in water in a bowl and keep aside. Heat half of the oil in a heavy large skillet and fry onions until golden brown. Add the meat pieces to the fried onion and cook until light brown on both sides. Add salt, garam masala and saffron and fry the meat until the oil separates and rises to the top. add water and bring to a boil. lower the heat and simmer covered until meat is tender. add more water if required.
In a separate pan, saute carrots in a small quantity of oil, add sugar and fry until softened. Remove from pan and keep aside. Add a little oil to the pan and saute raisins until they swell up. Remove from pan and set aside. Next fry the almonds and pistachios to a golden brown and set aside.
When the meat is cooked, remove it from the remaining water/stock with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add rice and salt to the stock, add broth and cook until the liquid comes to a boil, Lower the heat and cook covered until rice is done and dry (about 15-20 minutes). alternatively, once the water dries up to about 70% of its original quantity, the pan may be placed in a preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.
When ready to serve, transfer the rice to an oven-safe serving plate, top with meat in the center surrounded by carrots on all sides, sprinkle with raisins and nuts and heat in the oven at 1450 degrees celsius for 5 minutes.
Serve hot with salad and chutney.