Biriyanis & Rice varieties

Vegetable Pulao

What to cook today ? It’s a half day for kids and they will be back home at lunch time. Not in a mood to cook traditional rice,dal and sabzi. Why not make a veg pulao which is cooked in mild spices and healthy veggies? So, i decided to cook veg pulao . Needless to say, kids loved it as i was expecting! 🙂

Basmati rice – 2 cups
water – 3 3/4 cups
green peas – 1 cup
carrots chopped – 1 cup
beans chopped – 1 cup
potato- i big ( cut into big pieces)
mint leaves- 1/2 bunch
coriander leaves -1/2 bunch
green chillies- 3 to 4
red chilly pdr – 1 tsp
curd/yogurt – 1 cup ( Not sour)
ghee/oil- 5 tbsp
ginger garlic pate- 1 tbsp
For garam masala
Pepper corns – 2
green Cardamom – 4
black cardamom – 2
Cloves – 5
Cinnamon – 1.5 inch stick
1. Dry roast all the whole gram masalas on a heated pan.Grind them in a mixie to a fine powder. (You may use ready made pulao masala also instead of this step.)
2. Soak rice in the vessel in which you need to make the pulao .( 2 CUPS RICE IN 3 3/4 CUPS WATER)
3.Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add the chopped onions ,bay leaves and saute for 3 minutes.Add the ginger -garlic-green chilly paste and saute for 2 minutes. Add the yogurt now.Add the chopped veggies to it along wit salt and 1/2 a cup of water. . Saute for 2 minute.Do not cook the veggies too much here as it will be cooked again along with rice.When the vegetables are mixed well, add the ground mint and coriander leaves and stir fry till the raw smell vanishes.You may add the red chilli pdr and the ground garam masala pdr now and saute well.
4. Add this veggie along with masala into the soaked rice.Check the salt and balance it according to your taste.Cover and cook on high flame for 3 to 4 minutes followed by 15 minutes of cooking on low flame.Your rice is ready.
5. Garnish with roasted cashewnuts and mint leaves.
Serve this hot with any cool raita! Enjoy!

By sarithakumbakkara

Hii, I'm Saritha who is finding it extremely difficult to write a paragraph about myself . I have already written few lines and deleted them too as some where i was sounding a bit underconfident or some times a bit too boasty. I don't like to be either of them as i believe that finding a balance between the above mentioned is the blissful state of mind which i always would prefer to be in.I am trying my best here to give you a clear idea about myself ;)
I belong to God's own country, Kerala and i am a big fan of the cuisine of the state . Professionally i'm a mentor of young minds . As i am married to an Indian air force Pilot, i had been living in various parts of the country. I would love to call myself and my hubby as avid travellers as that's one thing which thrills me and lifts up my mood drastically from 'being balanced yet a little boring ' to 'extremely enthusisatic'.I have two sons (a deadly combination to handle) Aditya 13 and Aarush 7 who are choosy in eating like most of the kids. I love my travels and it gives me amble exposure to taste various cuisines within and outside the country. Socializing and parties have always been a part of our Airforce life and who would not like to see the smile on your guest's face after tasting your food. That's how i started cooking and tasting and experimenting.I had seen he days where i found" breaking an egg without creating a mess" as my life's biggest challenge.(lol ;) ).But past few years in cooking has made me realise that it isn't Rocket science.
List of people who can make use of my blog
1. Newly married brides who are struggling with masalas and utensils.
2. Any one who wants to try out something new and exceptional . ( i knw i knw, here i'm a littlt boasty)
3.Bachelor / forced bachelor boys who has developed acidity due to over indulgence in restaurants .Now it's time to cook a meal for yourselves guys. As i said, it's not rocket science.
4. Any one who loves me . Muah....
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