Chicken Green Masala Pulao

Pulao is a traditional rice dish that is mostly made in Pakistan and India. Pulao has lots of variations such as beef pulao, mutton pulao, chicken pulao, chicken green masala pulao and fish or prawn pulao. Just like biryani, pulao can also be prepared with a variety of meats. Pulao is comparatively less spicy than biryani. But it is full of flavours. Usually, it is served with yoghurt raita and salad.

This is a unique recipe of chicken pulao prepared with the green masala. We use mint leaves, fresh coriander, green chilli and fresh curry leaves to make green masala for this delicious chicken pulao. These fresh herbs give a refreshing taste to the chicken green masala pulao. Let’s make this mouth-watering pulao with these easy steps.


Chicken                                  1 kg

Rice                                        500 grams

Onion                                     2 medium-sized

Garlic paste                           1 tbsp

Ginger paste                          1 tbsp

Fresh curry leaves                8 – 10

Cumin seeds                          1 tsp

Black cumin                           1 tsp

Black cardamom                   3 – 4

Green cardamom                  4 – 5

Cinnamon                               3 – 4 (1inch pieces)

Star anise                                3 – 4

Mace (Javitri)                         2 – 3

Cloves                                      7 -8

Black peppercorns                10 – 12

Fennel seeds                           2 tbsp

Coriander seeds                     2 tbsp

Yoghurt                                   250 grams

Oil                                            1 cup

Kewra water                           1 tbsp

Chicken Green Masala Pulao

For green masala paste:

Fresh coriander leaves          1 cup

Mint leaves                             1 cup

Green chilli                             8 – 10

Fresh curry leaves                 ½ cup (for paste)

Chicken Green Masala Pulao

For Tempering:

Onion                                      1 medium

Black cumin                           1 tsp

Curry leaves                           8 – 10

Method to make Chicken Green Masala Pulao:

To make green masala paste, take fresh coriander leaves, mint leaves, curry leaves and green chillies. Blend them together with a little water and make a thick paste. Keep it aside. Now take a deep wok and heat up 1 cup oil in it. Add cumin seeds, black cumin, black cardamom, green cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, mace (Javitri), cloves and black peppercorns. Fry them for a minute and then add curry leaves and chopped onion. Fry while stirring on medium flame until onion becomes translucent.

Chicken Green Masala Pulao

Now add chicken and fry on a medium flame for 5 – 8 minutes. Keep stirring. Then add ginger garlic paste, yoghurt and green masala paste. Mix well. Also, grind coriander seeds and fennel seeds and add them into it. Now add one glass water and cook the chicken with gravy with covered lid for 10 – 12 minutes.

When oil separates from the gravy, add rice and also add water in a quantity that it remains 1 inch higher to the rice level in the cooking pot. Now cook the rice with the half-open lid on medium-high flame for 12 – 15 minutes. Once the water is dried up, drizzle some kewra water over the rice layer and cover the lid. Now steam the rice on the low flame at least for 15 minutes.

Chicken Green Masala Pulao

In the end, heat up some oil in a pan and fry one chopped onion until golden brown. Also, add black cumin seeds and few fresh curry leaves. Pour this over the cooked rice. Chicken green masala pulao is ready to serve. Have this with yoghurt raita and salad.

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