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Danpauk Recipe

Danpauk Ingredients:

Danpauk Recipe
Danpauk Recipe
  • 300g Basmati rice
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 tbsp margarine
  • 250ml plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 900g chicken, chopped into large pieces
  • 80ml cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 5cm cinnamon stick, lightly smashed to break up


  • 4 slices ginger
  • 10 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder


  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 star anise
  • 5 cardamoms, lightly smashed
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds


  • 10–15 cashew nuts, deep-fried
  • 50g raisins
  • 1–2 tbsp shallots crisps

How to make Danpauk:

  • Wash and soak Basmati rice in water mixed with turmeric powder for 30–35 minutes. Drain rice in a colander.
  • Heat margarine and fry ingredients (A) until fragrant. Add 2 tablespoons yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix in (B) and chicken. Fry well, then add in another 2 tablespoons yogurt and remaining salt. Continue to fry until chicken is tender. Leave aside.
  • Heat oil and ghee in a clean wok. Put in cinnamon stick and fry until fragrant. Add the remaining yogurt to mix. Toss in rice to mix, then transfer the well-mixed ingredients into a rice cooker.
  • Add sufficient water to a level that is 2cm above the rice. Cook rice for 20 minutes.
  • Open the rice cooker and add in the precooked chicken and continue to cook until rice is done. Add garnishing before serving.

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