Mixed Vegetable Pulao

 

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Pulao/Pilaf is a rice dish cooked with aromatic spices and vegetables and /or with meats.
In my household , my mom would make Pulao every Sunday along with chicken curry , practically a staple menu every other Sunday . As children we devoured it ! She still probably does, but now times have changed and we are miles apart, but luckily she taught me this simple dish, so I can prepare it whenever I feel like having some.
Vegetable Pulao is a good one pot nutritious meal with the goodness of all the veggies ,which can be had by itself or can be had along with some gravy or yogurt raita .
Today I have made my version of vegetable pulao , which is simple , quick and a good option if you’re running short of time and still want to cook up a delicious meal ?


Ingredients ( Serves 2)

1 cup Basmati rice

2 tablespoons ghee/ oil

2 bay leaves

2 cloves

5 peppercorns

3 green cardamom

1 star anise

1 inch cinnamon stick

½ cup thinly sliced onions

¼ inch grated or finely chopped ginger/ ginger paste

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic/ garlic paste

¼ cup chopped tomatoes

½ cup chopped french beans

½ cup cauliflower florets

½ cup mixed vegetables( carrots, sweet corn kernels,lima beans, green peas)

¼ teaspoon turmeric powder

½ teaspoon chilly powder

1 teaspoon cumin-coriander powder

½ teaspoon garam masala

salt to season

2 & ½ cups water/vegetable stock

cilantro for garnish (optional)

Preparation:

1.Wash and soak the rice for an hour in water , drain and keep aside
2. Heat ghee in a deep bottomed pan , add bay leaves , cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorn and star anise , sauté till the spices release their aroma .

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3. Add sliced onions and sauté on low heat until translucent .

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4. Add finely chopped ginger garlic ( or you can even add ginger garlic paste) , sauté until the raw aroma of ginger garlic is gone.

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5.Add chopped tomatoes and sauté on low heat till it releases the fat(ghee/oil).

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6.Add all the chopped vegetables and saute for a minute.

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7. Add all the spices on low heat  and mix well.

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8.Add the washed and drained rice and sauté gently for about a minute taking care not to break the rice grains.

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9.Add 2 and 1/2 cups of water/vegetable stock

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10. Add salt to season and stir again ( Check the seasoning by tasting the water, if it tastes salty it’s seasoned well, if not you may need to add a little more salt). Let the rice cook with the lid covered on low heat . ( takes about 10 minutes)

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11. Once the rice is cooked , gently fluff it with a fork

12. Garnish with cilantro( optional) .Serve with raita / any gravy of your choice or simply relish it as it is.

Notes:
1 . You can use any vegetables you wish to.
2. Adjust the spices to suit your spice level , the above quantities of spice powders yields a very mildly spiced rice.

Do try  this vegetable  pulao and I am sure you will enjoy it  .I’m looking forward to your feedback , and suggestions, I would love to hear it all 🙂

Regards,

Freda

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