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Kabuli Pulao

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Serves 6-8 | Prep Time 20 | Cook Time 180

Why I Love This Recipe

Kabuli pulao is special occasion food in Afghanistan. "Pulao" is a type of rice dish served with chicken on top.

Ingredients You'll Need

4 lbs chicken, cut up
2 large onions, sliced
2 tablespoons salt
3 pints hot water
1⁄2 lb long grain rice


2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon ground cumin
3 carrots, cooked and sliced
1⁄2 cup raisins


1. Place chicken pieces, onions, salt and hot water in a 5-pt saucepan.

2. Cover and simmer for about 2 hours. The chicken should be tender, yet firm.

3. Remove and cool chicken, reserving stock.

4. Remove meat from bones; use only large pieces for this dish.

5. Cook rice in boiling salted water or cook in a rice cooker. When done cover until ready for use.

6. To make stock sauce: Brown onions in hot butter and remove from heat. Add cardamom and cumin; mash with onion to form a paste.

7. Add about 1 pt of the chicken stock; simmer for 5 minutes and taste for seasoning.

8. Combine cooked rice, stock sauce and chicken; place in a buttered casserole; place carrots on top of mixture and sprinkle with raisins.

9. over and cook for about 35 to 45 minutes in a very moderate oven (325°F).

10. Add more stock or water if dish becomes too dry.

11. When done, mix carrots and raisins lightly with chicken and rice.

12. Stock not used in the main dish can be served as a soup course.

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