Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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.

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

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.

This is the last post for this month  and I am looking forward to September. Yes, September is a month where we have a Mega Marathon. We blog for a whole month. So friends, do not forget to check some amazing recipes by more than 25 bloggers . 
We have some very interesting themes coming up, so do tune in !

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  1. Oh I love such one pot nicely presented!..can't wait to check out your sep posts!

  2. Vegetable pulav looks too yummy.. Nice pics..

  3. Vaishali, I'm going to invite myself to your house and you have to make this pulao for me -- tell me when you are available :-) ;-)
    Your presentation is out of this world -- it looks it's being served as a 5 star restaurant -- too good. Will try your version some time.

  4. Pulao looks so perfect and wonderfully presented.

  5. Looks so colourful and mouth it.

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