Monday, 19 May 2014

Peg N Pig Kitchen - Basmati Rice Vegetable Pulao

For dinner, I prepared a simple pulao with basmati rice. What's more fragrant than the aroma of cooked basmati rice? :-)

Here is the recipe.

1 cup basmati rice
1 and 1/2 cup water
1 cup chopped vegetables of your choice (I used carrots, potatoes, and ivy gourd/thondekai.)
1 large onion (use 1/4 for grinding)
2 garlic cloves
1 inch fresh ginger
handful of coriander
3-4 green chillies
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
3-4 cloves
1-2 inch cinnamon
2 cardamom
4-5 pepper corns
juice of one lime
salt for taste

Wash basmati rice and soak in water for 20-30 mins. Meanwhile, chop vegetables and onion. In a mixer, grind onion, garlic, ginger, coriander leaves, and green chillies. Heat a thick-bottomed pan or cooker; add cooking oil. To the heated oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, coarsely ground peppercorns. Add chopped onions and vegetables, and ground paste; saute well. Add salt and juice of lime; mix well. Drain water from rice and add to the cooker. Pour 1 and 1/2 cups water. Mix all ingredients well. Close the lid, and let the rice cook in low heat. Keep turning the rice from time to time. When the rice seems cooked, switch off heat, and let the pulao rest for a while. Serve the pulao with cucumber-tomato-onion curd salad (raitha).

Vegetable pulao made from basmati rice

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