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2 chickens about (1 ½ kilo)
2 tablespoon mix ground spices (coriander, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, peppercorn, loomi (dried lime)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup oil
2 large onions, chopped
6 cups water
3 cups basmati rice, washed and socked
2 each (cinnamon sticks, loomi. cardamom, peppercorn)
½ tablespoon turmeric
3 boiled eggs
½ teaspoon saffron socked in 1 tablespoon rose water
Coriander leaves for garnish
-Wash chicken under running water, pat dry.
-Mix half the ground spices with garlic, lemon juice and 2 tablespoon oil in a bowl.
-Rub chicken inside out with the mixture, marinate for half an hour.
-Heat ¼ cup oil in a large sautéing-pan over medium high heat, add onion.
-Sauté onion, stir from time to time until for about 10 minutes or until translucent.
-Stir in the rest of the ground spices, mix well.
-Stuff the chicken with ¼ cup of the onion mixture, tie the legs and tuck the wings.
-Stir the chicken with the rest of the onion over medium high heat, until golden brown.
-Add water and let boil, reduce heat cover and simmer for about 45 minutes.
-Lift the chicken and keep aside.
-Drain rice and add to chicken broth, season with salt and whole spices, until boiling.
-Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 25 – 30 minutes.
-Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
-Sprinkle saffron mixture over rice.
-Brush oven dish with the rest of the oil.
-Spread a rice layer, put chicken and boiled eggs on top, cover with the rest of the rice.
-Cover with foil lightly, bake for about 20 minutes.
-Sprinkle with chopped coriander serve warm.
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