How to Make Dum Pukht Polao:

A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re a fan of flavorful rice dishes, then you should try making dum pukht polao. This is a traditional Pakistani and Indian rice dish that is cooked using the dum pukht method, which involves slow-cooking the rice and meat in a sealed pot. The result is a deliciously fragrant and flavorful dish that is sure to satisfy your taste buds. In this article, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to make dum pukht polao at home.

Table of Contents

  • Ingredients Needed
  • Preparing the Meat
  • Preparing the Rice
  • Cooking the Dish
  • Serving the Dish
  • Tips and Trick

Ingredients Needed

To make dum pukht polao, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 kg of rice
  • 1 kg of beef or lamb meat
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of ghee
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of saffron
  • 2 cups of water

Preparing the Meat

  1. Wash the meat and cut it into medium-sized cubes.
  2. In a large pot, heat up the vegetable oil and fry the sliced onions until they turn golden brown.
  3. Add the meat to the pot and stir well until it browns on all sides.
  4. Add the cumin seeds, black pepper, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, and cloves to the pot and mix well.
  5. Add 1 cup of water to the pot and cover it. Let the meat cook on low heat for about 30 minutes, or until it is tender.

Preparing the Rice

  1. Wash the rice until the water runs clear.
  2. Soak the rice in cold water for about 30 minutes.
  3. In a large pot, bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
  4. Drain the water from the soaked rice and add the rice to the pot of boiling water.
  5. Add the saffron and salt to the pot and stir well.
  6. Let the rice cook on medium heat until it is about 80% done. This should take about 10 minutes.
  7. Drain the water from the rice and set it aside.

Cooking the Dish

  1. In a large pot, layer the cooked meat and rice.
  2. Spread 1 tablespoon of ghee on top of the rice.
  3. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and seal the edges with dough to prevent any steam from escaping.
  4. Cook the dish on low heat for about 30-45 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and let the dish rest for about 10 minutes.
  6. Open the lid and mix the meat and rice together.
  7. Serve hot.

Serving the Dish

Dum pukht polao is traditionally served with raita, which is a yogurt-based sauce. You can also serve it with pickles or chutney.

Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure to use good quality meat for this dish.
  • The rice should be cooked until it is about 80% done to prevent it from becoming overcooked during the dum pukht process.
  • Seal the pot tightly to prevent any steam from escaping. This will ensure that the dish is cooked properly and that the flavors are locked in.
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