Thursday, January 19, 2012

Vegetable Pulao

Veg Pulao - Basmati long grain rice, loaded with vegetables, easy to prepare and every rice lovers favorite !!

Here is what we need -

  • 1 cup long grain basmati rice
  • 1 small potato
  • 1/2 onion
  • handful of gree peas
  • 2 green chilies
  • 6-7 baby carrots
  • handful of cauliflower florets
  • 4-5 cashews and some resins
  • 2 tbs clarified butter or ghee
  • 1 sp cumin seeds
  • 1 garlic pod
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 pods of whole green cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 sp pulao or biryani masala
  • cilantro and lemon to garnish
You can add some paneer( I didnt have any but I love paneer in pualo) and some corns or beans if you like.


This is very simple but you have to follow the steps carefully.
First rinse the rice in cold water 3 times and soak it in cold water for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile dice potato, cut carrots lengthwise, slit green chilies, chop onion lengthwise, chop garlic very fine.
Heat ghee in heavy bottom pan. Add cumin seeds. Put dry whole spices ( green cardamom, bay leaves, cloves, peppercorns) and onions. Put garlic and rest of the veggies except green chilies and green peas.
Let it cook uncovered for 5 minutes( keep stirring) and covered for 10 minutes.
Right before adding rice put green chilies.
Drain all the water from soaked rice and save it to add later.
Add rice and stir it without adding water for 5-7 minutes. Add double the amount here 2 cups of water. I had 1 cup of remaining water from soaked rice and 1 cup fresh water.
Add salt, pulao masala, cashews and raisins and green peas.
Cover it and let it cook on medium heat for 7 minutes. Take out the lid and mix it gently.
Cover it for 5 minutes. Check if the rice is cooked. At this point sprinkle some cold water on top and cover it; switch off the stove in 2-3 minutes and keep it covered for another 10 minutes.
The rice turns out delicious. Garnish it with some lemon and chopped cilantro and serve it with Raita!


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