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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Delicious Mix Vegetable Pulav

Pulav is an another Asian dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. It is a popular rice dish around the world that can be prepared using meat, chicken, fish, rice & spices. This fragrant recipe is modified with different types of vegetables instead of any non-veg items.

It's one of the super easy dish because you just have to put all the veggies & ingredients in it and the dish comes out with a surprisingly healthy and tasty meal. Mama also adds grated coconut while steaming the pulav for the wonderful tang of bites and she has always presented the meal with a beautiful blend of yogurt and mint sauce,

Getting your family to eat veggies can be often difficult but believe me this can be a great kid-friendly meal as these veggies are so good & pretty!. Vegetable pulav tastes best with sweet Gujarati kadhi or buttermilk. I love to cook this light & healthy dish once in a week for a healthy gut.

Mix Vegetable Pulav

Delicious Mix Vegetable Pulav Recipe

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: Less than 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 2 persons

Ingredients:
4 tablespoon cooking oil (I prefer 3 tbsp Ghee)
2 cups basmati rice
2 medium size, thinly sliced onions
2 small, roughly chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup green peas
1/2 cup diced capsicum
1 medium size peeled and diced Potato 
1/2 cup peeled and diced Carrots
1 teaspoon cumin seeds or zeera
1 teaspoon mustard seeds or rai
4 cloves
1 bay leaf
4 whole black pepper
1 cinnamon 
1 small size, star anise 
1 tablespoon curry leaves
2 green chilies
1 tablespoon garlic paste
1 tablespoon ginger paste
1 tablespoon green chili paste
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 tablespoon coriander powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin powder
Salt to taste

For Garnishing
1 tablespoon roughly chopped cilantro or coriander leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried pomegranate seeds

Method:
  • In a bowl, add 2 cups of Basmati rice & wash the rice for at least 4-5 times, soak it for 20-30 minutes.
  • In a deep pan, Heat ghee or oil on a medium flame and add 4 cloves, 1 bay-leaf, 4 whole black pepper, 1 cinnamon, 1 small size star anise, 1 tsp cumin seeds & mustard seeds. Let it saute for a minute until fragrant.
  • Add curry leaves, 2 green chilies & chopped onions. Fry everything till onion turns transparent.
  • Now add chopped tomatoes & let it cook for 5-8 minutes on a low flame. 
  • Add 1 teaspoon red chili powder, 1 tablespoon coriander powder, 1 tablespoon cumin powder & half teaspoon turmeric powder once tomatoes are softened.
  • When you see oil separating from the onion-tomato gravy, add 1 tablespoon ginger paste, 1 tablespoon garlic paste & 1 tablespoon green chili paste. Saute well for a minute. You can adjust the spice as per your liking's.
  • Now add chopped carrots, peeled and chopped potatoes and half cup green peas. You can also add a half cup chopped cauliflower, chopped paneer or cottage cheese & boiled soy nuggets and fry them for 5 minutes.
  • Add all the drained rice & chopped capsicum, Fry rice for 2-5 minutes on a low flame. Now pour water, adjust the seasoning and salt. Cover rice & let it cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove it in a plate & Garnish with grated coconut or dried pomegranate seeds & roughly chopped cilantro on top of the pulav. You can also top this meal with roasted veggies and garnish with basil.
  • Serve with Salads, Yogurt raita. I prefer to eat pulav with sweet & tangy curry & mango pickle.

Things that you should know:
  • Add water to rice until it is 1 inch above the top of the rice.
  • Avoid stirring the rice too much while it is cooking otherwise the rice will get very gummy. You can prefer to stir rice & check its texture & taste for only 2-3 times while its cooking. 
  • You can add any type of seasonal vegetables as desired.
  • You can also garnish pulav with dry fruits like chopped almonds, raisins and cashew nuts.

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