Break your fast with this comforting, cheesy and flavoursome Yakhni chicken casserole; perfect to eat after a full day of fasting, and keeps you satiated for longer.
With the holy month of Ramzan comes in the many delicious treats that everyone typically enjoys during the break of the fast in the evening; also known as iftaari. What commences as a ritual of sharing various plates of food after a long day of fasting typically includes plenty of fresh fruits, dry fruits, milk sweets, deep-fried savouries and festive specialties like mawa malpua and phirni. Amongst the usual suspects, kitchens around the country get creative about putting out the most elaborate dishes that are comforting and can be enjoyed family-style; just like this creamy and packed-with-flavour yakhni chicken casserole.
As the name suggests, the Kashmiri yakhni is traditionally a flavoursome broth made with aromatics and meat combined with rich spices like saffron and flavouring agents like yoghurt. The usually mild-flavoured yakhni broth is then used to cook rice and make the delicious yakhni pulao, which has garnered admirers around the world for its layered savouriness and depth of flavour. The chicken casserole combines the best of both, yakhni and casserole worlds, which makes for the perfect, warm iftaari meal to mark the end of a long fasting day with.
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