Halwai August 25, 2022


• 1 kg – basmati, washed and drained
• 250 g – Beef (medium cubes, pressure cooked with onions, whole spices-drain Meat and reserve stock)
• 250 g – Chicken cut into medium sized cubes
• 200 g – prawns, shelled and deveined
• 3 – Tomatoes (blanched and de-skinned)
• 1 – large capsicum, cubed
• 1 – Lemon (juice)
• Garlic cloves, crushed lightly
• few whole spices for tempering (bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, mace, black pepper)
• Olive oil


  1. In a large heavy bottomed pan, heat few tbsp of olive oil. Add whole spices. Add Chicken pieces.
  2. Sear chicken pieces until lightly browned.
  3. Add boiled beef pieces. Stir.
  4. Add capsicum pieces. Stir.
  5. Add rice and blanched tomatoes.
  6. Crush tomatoes with spatula into the rice. Mix well.
  7. Add beef stock and water to cook the rice.
  8. Add garlic cloves, lemon juice and salt.
  9. Close the pan. Bring to boil.
  10. Open lid and add prawns.
  11. Check seasoning.
  12. Close the lid and simmer on low heat till all the liquid is absorbed by the rice.
  13. Serve, garnished with coriander leaves.

Recipe courtesy of Sunita Nair