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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

" Everyday Cooking"- Pulav with Chicken Kheema balls( Kolhapuri Goli Pulav)

I wanted to try this 'Goli Pulav' out for so long!!! Finally last night for dinner I made it and it was a biggggg hit!!!Even my little 'E' and 'A' had it!!! I had 'Goli Pulav' once when I was in Kolhapur and that too many years ago... but the  taste still lingers in my mind!!!
 There they make the Goli /Kheema balls with Mutton Kheema and cook them along with other spices with the rice.I made it with chicken kheema and cooked the kheema balls and rice separately. It came out really well and was lip smackingly tasty!

For Pulav:
1 and 1/2 cups basmati rice
2 and 1/2cups water
1/2tsp Shah jeera
2tsp dried mint leaves
1/4tsp whole black pepper
1 stick cinnamon
4-5 cloves
1 bay leaf
1 star anise
1 tsp turmeric
1/2tsp Chili powder
1 tbsp oil
Sliced almonds
1 Finely sliced onion, fried till golden brown and kept aside.

1) Wash the rice and keep aside for 30 mins.
2) Boil the water.
3) Heat 1 tbsp oil, add the spices and fry few seconds.Add the washed rice and stir for 1 min.
4) Add the boiled water, salt etc and cook for 10-15 mins till the rice is fluffy and cooked. Keep aside.

For the Kheema Balls:

1lb minced chicken/kheema
1 medium onion chopped finely
 1tsp ginger garlic paste
1tbsp chopped cilantro
1tsp chicken curry masala
1/2tsp Kolhapuri Kanda Lasun masala/Garam masala
1/2tsp chili powder
1/4tsp turmeric
1/2tsp cumin-coriander powder
1/4tsp black pepper
1tbsp chopped cilantro

salt to taste
oil to brush hands
 Oil to fry
Optional- 1tbsp chopped mint

1) Gently mix together all the above ingredients.Do not over mix....otherwise the kheema balls come out tougher and chewy.Just mix till everything is combined well.
2) Brush  hands with oil
3) Take small amount of kheema mixture and roll into cherry sized balls.
4) Shallow fry the kheema balls till golden brown from all sides and cooked through. Drain the oil well and keep aside.

For the baked version:

5) These Kheema balls can be served by themselves as appetizers along with some fried onions...
6) While serving- Mix together the Pulav, the kheema balls, fried onion and garnish with sliced almonds and cilantro.

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