Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Vegetable Pulao

A favourite potluck lunch, a meal in itself , full of flavours and healthy. Serve it on its own or bit of curd / raita on sides.

Serves 2
Rice - wash drain and keep aside 
Ghee (clarified butter) / Cooking oil -1 table spoon 
Onion -1 medium finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste (or crushed) -1 teaspoon
Tomato -1 table spoon purée or crushed 
Green chillies -  1 finely chopped
Vegetables - assorted chopped small - 1 cup

Spices (you can eliminate any if its not in pantry or you don't have a taste for it), I used 
Bay leaves -2 
Cinnamon - 2"stick
Peppers- 5/6
Cloves -2/3
Star anise -1
Coriander seeds -10/12

Salt - per taste
Turmeric 1/3 spoon 
Garam masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon 
Coriander leaves for garnishing.

In a heavy wok, add Ghee and keep the flame to medium. Once hot add all the aromatics ( spices) , sauté for 30 seconds. Add ginger garlic paste sauté for further 30 seconds.

Now add onion and green chillies (if using) and sauté on low heat for a minute. Now add all the vegetables, turn heat to high, sauté for another minute add tomato purée, salt, turmeric and mix well for a minute or so. Now add rice , turn off the heat, mix well for a minute.

Add Garam masala , transfer into a microwave bowl add water and microwave on high for 20 mins. In case you are not using microwave you can use pressure cooker or rice cooker . In pressure cooker cook for 2 whistles and in rice cooker per the instruction. 

Vegetable Pulao ready to be served in 30 minutes.

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