Malai chicken vermicelli pulao

Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

1 hour 15 minutes





Vermicelli is often used to make Kerala payasam. But have you ever tried using the same to make pulao? If not, here is a recipe devised by Sahna Salim, the winner of Double Horse Onmanorama HomeChef Chef of the Month title.

Malai chicken vermicelli pulao is an aromatic pulao recipe that is tossed with whole spices and chicken. The roasted vermicelli, when mixed with chunks of chicken, makes it delicious. The curd added to this makes the vermicelli to have a nice soft texture.

Sahna Salim is a native of Kechery in Thrissur. For her, cooking is a way to happiness and satisfaction in the bustle of daily life. She experiments with rare combos and believes that cooking can make a person more relaxed. She started cooking at a very young age, getting influenced by various cookery shows.

Try this delicious dish by her along with raitha of your choice and you will not be disappointed.


1 cup Double Horse roasted vermicelli

To marinate chicken

200 gm boneless chicken

1 tsp pepper powder

2 tsp curd

1/2 tsp jeera powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

2 green chillies

1 tsp kasuri methi

1 tbsp coriander leaves

1 tbsp pudina leaves

Salt as needed

3 tsp fresh cream

2 tsp grated cheese

1/2 tsp chaat masala

To sauté

1 tbsp ghee

1 1/2 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2 cardamom

1 bay leaves

1 cinnamon

1 onion

2 green chillies

Salt as required

1 carrot


In a bowl, add boneless chicken, pepper powder, curd, jeera powder, garam masala and ginger-garlic paste

Mix well

Add green chillies, kasuri methi, coriander and pudina leaves, salt, fresh cream, grated cheese

Sprinkle chaat masala to this mixture

Combine the ingredients thoroughly so that the chicken gets the flavour while mixing it

Marinate the chicken and keep it in the fridge for 1 hour

Now, heat ghee in a pan

Add oil, cumin seeds, cardamom, bay leaves, and cinnamon

Add onion and green chillies and sauté them well till they turn translucent

Add salt and carrot

Mix well

Take out the marinated chicken and add it to this mixture

Mix it well and let it cook for sometime

Pour some water and close the lid of the pan for 5 minutes

Once the mixture gets thicken, add one cup of Double Horse roasted vermicelli

Cook the vermicelli in chicken gravy for 10 minutes

Open the lid and fluff up the rice in a bowl

Serve Malai chicken vermicelli pulao along with raitha to make it a complete meal


The curd must not be too sour.

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