Heat oil in a heavy bottom saute pan
Add the whole spices and saute for 2 minutes
Then add chopped onions and saute until translucent
Next, add the chicken pieces and saute for 3 to 4 minutes stirring often.
Add the grated ginger and minced garlic
Followed by the spices – paprika, coriander, cumin, and garam masala.
Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 2 minutes
Then add the Yogurt and chopped herbs and lemon juice.
Cook for 5 minutes until the chicken releases all its juices.
Then drain the soaked rice and add it to the pan.
Do not mix – just make sure all the rice is immersed in the liquid.
(this will give you shades dark and light-colored rice)