Moti Pulao is a fragrant rice preparation served with meatball pearls made with chicken, mutton or vegetables.  In this recipe, long-grain rice is cooked in traditional Indian spices and ghee or clarified butter and topped with chicken meatballs wrapped in edible silver dust.


Recipe Card 

Ingredients Quantity
Chicken mince 200 gm
Green peas 100 gm
Ghee 3 tbsp
Cloves 4-5 pcs
Cinnamon stick 1
Green cardamom 4-5 pcs
Cumin seeds 1 tbsp
Bay leaves 2 pcs
Onion sliced 2
Chicken stock 400 ml
Long grain rice 200 gm
Ginger & garlic paste 2 tbsp
Garam masala powder 2 tsp
Salt To taste
Green chillies 2 sliced
Coriander fresh, chopped 2 tbsp
Fresh mint, chopped 2 tbsp
Fried onion As required
Oil To fry

Method of Preparation

  • Heat ghee in a deep pan, add cumin seeds, cloves, green cardamoms and bay leaves and sauté for one minute. Add sliced onion and sauté until it brown.
  • Add ginger and garlic paste cook it. Add 1 tsp garam masala powder, soaked rice and mix it well.
  • Add 400 ml chicken stock salt, green peas mix well. Cover it and let it cook until the rice is done.
  • Grind chicken mince with ginger and garlic paste, green chillies, coriander leaves, mint leaves, garam masala powder, salt and fried onion. Grind it well into a fine paste.
  • Make small balls of minced and deep fry it, until golden brown.
  • Add meatballs in rice and cook it for two minutes.
  • Before serving removed 4 to 5 cooked meatballs from rice. Dust it with powdered silver. Placed them on plated pulao and add some fried onion.


About the Contributor


Suunil Murudkar 

Assistant Chef Instructor, ICCA Dubai, and a serious food enthusiast.

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