Yakhni Pulao

Servings: 2
Cuisine: Indian
Course: Main Course
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Yakhni Pulao is a popular rice dish from North India. Each rice grain soaked in flavor, my recipe is as easy as it gets.


  • 250 gms mutton
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • Salt to taste

For the potli

  • 1 medium onion roughly chopped
  • 1" piece of ginger
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bay leaf (tej patta)
  • 5 green cardamom
  • 2 black cardamom
  • 1″ piece of cinnamon
  • 6 cloves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 piece of mace


  • Soak the rice for 30 minutes.
  • Tie all the potli ingredients in a muslin cloth. Boil the mutton in 2 1/2 cups of water with the potli and a bit of salt until tender. Drain well and keep the stock and mutton pieces aside.
  • Heat oil in a large pan. Add in the sliced onions. Cook till light brown.
  • Add in the ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute.
  • Add in the mutton with yoghurt and saute it until brown and the water dries up. Add a bit of water and saute again.
  • Add in the drained rice. Mix well.
  • Add in two cups of the stock. Check the salt and add more if required.
  • Cover with a lid and cook until the rice is done. Take it off the fire and leave it covered for a while until the grains separate.
  • Serve hot.

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