New York Style Halal Chicken and Rice

There is no doubt in our minds that New York (Manhattan) is the best city on earth. The energy that it imparts you as soon as you land is just phenomenal and we want to go back there very often. Probably what makes the city great is also due to its rich variety of food. From the finest Sushi in the world to the yummiest street food, which is dominated by its many halal food trucks serving chicken/gyro/falafels over rice. One such food truck called - Halal Guys - one of the best in the city inspired us to cook this dish - an assortment of rice, chicken, sauces and salad. Try for yourself and see if we were able to do justice to this.

Ingredients (serves 2-3)

250 gms boneless chicken
2 tbsp - yogurt
1 tsp minced garlic
1tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp white powder
1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Turmeric rice
3/4 cup rice
1 tsp turmeric
2 onions - finely chopped
Ginger juliennes
1 tsp minced garlic 
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 small green cardamon
1/2 l stock

White Sauce
1 cup yogurt
1 tbsp tahini (if you don't have one at home, grind 2 tsp of toasted sesame seeds one night before cooking)
1tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

To Garnish
Hot sauce (any red pepper sauce or sriracha)
Lettuce - finely sliced
Chopped tomatoes


To prepare chicken
1. Marinate chicken and refrigerate for 1 hr at least to 24 hrs.

2. On a pan, add some oil and cook chicken till its done and masala sticks to it.

To prepare rice
1. Soak rice for 30 mins

2. In a pan, add oil and saute ginger, garlic, onion and add rice to it.

3. Add water and stock.

4. Now add all spices and let it cook.

To prepare white sauce
1. Mix all ingredients and stir to achieve uniform consistency.

In a flat bottom bowl, add rice, chicken, lettuce, chopped tomatoes. Top it with white sauce and hot sauce and serve with chilled coke.



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