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Pulao all the stops!

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My older daughter is 6 years old. She is intelligent, kind, funny, and very musical. She is also on the Autism Spectrum. Autism is a neurological spectrum disorder. This means that no two people with Autism are the same. She was diagnosed when she was 2 years old and has come a really long way in the past 4 years. With the help of an incredibly supportive family, amazing therapists, wonderful teachers and school staff, and just sheer grit and determination, she has made remarkable gains.  From a little girl who could not even ask for her favorite cookie at age 2, she can now tell me exactly what she wants for dinner.  Many people on the Spectrum are very restrictive in what they will eat. She used to only eat bananas and bread with jelly.  Mealtimes were extremely stressful, often lasted 1 or 2 hours and many times resulted in tears, both from her and me.

Fast forward 4 years and after  intensive behavioral and occupational therapy, she now willingly eats a variety of foods. As a family who loves our food, flavors and trying different things, we couldn’t be more ecstatic. It is a way for us to bond as family and she now says she wants to be a chef when she grows up. She loves helping me in the kitchen and was even a chef for Halloween this year.  This particular chicken pulao dish is a favorite of hers and she often requests it. It is deep in flavor without a lot of heat and can easily be made vegan (please see ingredient and recipe notes). Pulao is a term used for a dish when the rice, proteins and vegetables are all cooked together. In fact, I often make the vegan version when I feel like the kids need more vegetables in their diet that particular week. This dish has a lot of meaning to my soul as it is a reminder of how far our family has come. I hope you enjoy making and eating this dish as much as we do.

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Pulao all the stops!
Hearty, nutritious, and delicious rice cooked with meat, vegetables or both.
Cuisine Indian [5]
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Servings
Adults
Ingredients
Cuisine Indian [5]
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Servings
Adults
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak 2 cups of Basmati rice in water.
  2. Heat oil in a non stick pan over medium heat.
  3. Add cumin seeds or powder.
  4. Add Serrano pepper if using.
  5. Add ginger garlic paste, use caution as it tends to splutter.
  6. Add turmeric and garam masala powder.
  7. Add onion and cook until onion is translucent.
  8. Add tomatoes and cook through.
  9. Add chicken and potatoes. *If making the vegetarian version, you can add all of the vegetables at this point.
  10. Cook until the potatoes and chicken are cooked through.
  11. Add Cilantro and salt.
  12. Drain the Basmati Rice completely and add raw rice to pan. Allow all ingredients to coat rice.
  13. Remove pan from heat and transfer all of the contents of the pan to a rice cooker.
  14. Add 3.5 cups of water and press cook on your rice cooker.
  15. After the rice cooker has cooked the rice, open the lid and mix together. Taste for salt and add as necessary.
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