Vegetable Pulao


Vegetable Pulao is one of our favorite dinners. A one pot meal where we have rice and vegetables simmered into a delicious meal. I somehow never repeat a rice dish, every time I make a Pulao or a Biryani, I like to make a new variation. The problem comes when I am told to repeat a particular variety. I just can't recollect what went into that particular rice, and again a new one is made. When I made this vegetable Pulao I was told to jot down the ingredients right away,and so here is a Pulao which can be made again and again. So let's get to the recipe.

Ingredients
2 cups Basmati Rice
2-4 tbsp ghee and oil mix
1-2 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 small stick cinnamon
2 cloves
1 big Cardamon
3-4 black peppercorns
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, sliced
1/2 capsicum, sliced
1/4 cup shelled peas
1/2 cup cauliflower florets
1/2 carrot, cut in batons
6-8 beans, cut into 2"pieces
1 small potato, cubed
2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp kitchen king masala
Salt to taste
Fried onions for garnish

Method
Heat the oil and ghee in a heavy bottom pot.
Add the whole spices, cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves ,cardamon and black peppercorns.
Add chopped garlic, and Saute for a minute.
Add onions and cook till translucent.
Add capsicum and Saute till they just shrink a little.
Add all veggies , tomatoes,rice and spices, including salt.
Roast the rice till the moisture is completely gone.
Be careful, the rice should not break.
Add 4 1/2 cups of water and cook till the water is absorbed.
At this point you could transfer the rice to a rice cooker also.
If cooking in the pot, place the pot over a heavy griddle , cover the pot and simmer.
Place some kind of weight on the lid .
This shall help the rice to cook on Dum.
Check the rice after 5-7 minutes.
Serve garnished with fried onions.

Serve boondi raita, papads along with this Vegetable Pulao.




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