heat oil in a pan, add bay leafs, chopped garlic, thinly sliced onions and fry till onions are transparent.
to this, add finely chopped tomatoes and saute for half a minute.
further add chicken, turmeric powder, salt, ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder and mix well.
cover and cook the chicken until it is soft.
meanwhile, soak the basmati rice and grill the tomatoes on stove top.
when the chicken is done, open and add the rice, grilled tomatoes,, kashmiri chilli powder, garam masala, kasuri methi, 2.25 cups water and mix well.
finally add chopped coriander leaves and seal the vessel with aluminium foil. cover it and cook for about 20 minutes on low flame.
open and fluff it up gently. serve hot with raita.