Chicken with Rice and Pomegranate

This is a dish from central Asia which Galit translated from Hebrew and I served up to friends. Rather good I think and has become a staple dish for Rosh Hashanah. The rice and chicken provide the substance and the pomegranate provides the zing. Serves 4-6.

Chicken with Rice and Pomegranate
Serves 4
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  1. 1/2 cup olive oil
  2. 6 chicken legs
  3. 2 onions, chopped
  4. 3 cloves garlic
  5. 2 cm fresh ginger, chopped thin
  6. 3 cardamon pods, smashed in mortar
  7. 1 little green hot chilli, without seeds, chopped small
  8. 10 dry apricots, chopped
  9. 1/2 cup raisins
  10. 3 cups basmati rice, washed and drained
  11. Salt + pepper
  12. 1/2 cup fresh coriander, chopped
  13. Water
  14. 1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
  1. In a large pot, cook chicken legs in the oil until brown on all sides.
  2. Remove chicken legs from the pot and set aside.
  3. Add onions, garlic, ginger, cardamon, and chilli to pot.
  4. Cook down for 7-8 min, stirring all the time.
  5. Add apricots and raisins to pot.
  6. Cook/stir for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add rice, salt and pepper to pot.
  8. Cook/stir for another 2 minutes.
  9. Put chicken back in the pot.
  10. Add coriander to pot.
  11. Add sufficient water so the rice is covered, plus 2 cm more.
  12. Bring to boil.
  13. Cover and simmer for 30 min.
  14. Turn off the heat.
  15. Leave for 5 min.
  16. Transfer chicken and rice to a nice serving dish.
  17. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds above chicken and rice.
  18. Serve immediately.
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