Chicken - 3 bone in thighs cut into small pieces.
Garam masala - 3/4 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Crushed pepper - 1/2 tsp
Yogurt - 4 tsp
Basmati rice- 2 cups
Onion thinly sliced - 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup for frying
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaves - 2
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 3
Salt to taste
Wash and soak the basmati rice for 20 minutes and drain.
Marinate the chicken pieces with garam masala , ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, turmeric powder and crushed pepper for 30 minutes.
Heat butter or ghee in a heavy bottomed cooking vessel and fry 1/2 cup onions till golden brown and drain on kitchen towels(if you are using raisins and cashew nuts fry it now and set aside).
Now add bay leaves, cloves and cardamom and fry it for a minute .
Then add sliced onions and saute till it is soft.
Add the marinated chicken pieces and fry it 8-10 minutes, till it starts to turn brown.
Add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder,1/2 tsp garam masala, chopped mint leaves and 4tsp yogurt.
Combine it well and add 2 cups rice and fry it again for a minute or two.
Add 4 1/4 cup of warm water and salt to taste , cook it covered on medium flame for 15 minutes or till it is done.Switch off the heat and let it stand covered for 5 minutes.
Garnish it with fried onions, cashew and raisins.
Fluff it with a fork and serve warm