Thursday, November 17, 2011

Vegetable Pulao

After coming back from my summer vacation, this recipe is featured weekly in our menu. It will continue until my son got enough. He sticks to one kind of food for a while and starts refusing later! That is the scenario in my house.
He simply named this rice as Attai (Dad's sister) pulao or Green pulao.
In Karnataka, Pulao is a popular rice variety, don't be surprised if someone/hotel offers pulao for breakfast! My sister in law prepared for us when we visited her place. First, I was surprised that she can cook, ok probably I am exaggerating here. I have never seen her making anything apart serving some tea! Whenever we stayed with her, she managed to serve only outside food. Or we just go out to eat (even breakfast). She shamelessly admits she hates cooking! My DH says she is a good cook but lazy! Probably if you hate cooking you might be lazy :)
Ok, the recipe is simple and time saver - save it for one of those lazy days: You grind the masala mix with rice and cook! Does these steps sounds complicated?



Vgetable pulao


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Ingredients
Basmati Rice: 1 cup
Mixed vegetable (carrot, beans, peas, potato): 1/2 cup
Ghee/oil: 2 tbsp
Sea Salt: 3/4 tsp ( the ratio is low sodium) You may increase or even decrease.


Masala to be ground

Medium Onion:
1
Cilantro: 1/2 cup loosely packed or a handful
Ginger: a inch piece
Garlic pods: 4 to 5 peeled
Green Chillies: 5 to 6
Cloves: 2
Cinnamon stick: a inch/ small piece


Ground the items listed above without adding any water into a paste
Rinse the rice and soak the rice (without water) for 20 minutes.

Method:

Pressure cooker method:

Heat the ghee or oil in the pressure cooker, add the ground masala and the vegetables, fry until the oil/ghee separate (approx.5 min). Mix the soaked rice and gently mix with the masala. Add 1 + 1/2 cup of water, adjust with salt ( 3/4 tsp- ratio is low sodium), you may increase or decrease per your taste.
Close the lid and put the weight, keep in medium heat. Leave one whistle and switch off the stove.
Serve with raita or even with any gravy!


Rice cooker method:
Heat the ghee or oil in a pot, add the ground masala and the vegetables, fry until the oil/ghee separate (approx.5 min). Mix the soaked rice and gently mix with the masala. Add 1 + 1/2 cup of water, adjust with salt ( 3/4 tsp- ratio is low sodium), you may increase or decrease per your taste.
Transfer in the rice cooker.
Serve with raita or even with any gravy!

17 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Flavourful and looks yummy

Happy Cook / Finla said...

I love rice dishes like this and this one looks so yumm. No wonder you son likes this a lot.

kitchen queen said...

yummy and delicious pulav

Priya said...

Inviting super flavourful pulao..yumm..

BongMom said...

And the one thing she makes, it is a hit with your son :) Ahhh, these kids :-D

But my daughter too likes a rice like this. If I make chicken in the pressure cooker, I will cook rice with this masala in the same cooker without washing the remains of the chicken curry. She likes it even better

Poornima Nair said...

Wonderful recipe...very different from how I make Pulao. Would love to try this.

Laavanya said...

I love pulaos of every kind :) That looks very flavorful and delicious. My kids are like that too... love it one day and not really a fan another... *sigh*

Srivalli said...

Lol I thought the same thing as Sandy!..:)..imagine we make so many and kids never prefer and these attais make just one and the kid love it!..atleast I am happy in sense my nephew and nieces love my cooking, though my kids grudgingly admit so..hahah..nice looking pulao..

Namitha said...

No wonder your lil one loves this.The color is so beautiful and the flavors are great :-)

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Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow perfect pulao,love this delicious version...

Divya Vikram said...

I make such pulaos when am short of time. Looks delicious :)

aipi said...

Beautiful color n a great combo of ingredients! Love the shot..
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Manju said...

mmmm, cilantro pulao! im gonna love this!

ruchikacooks said...

Looks great chamka, love the pathiram :)
PS: hubby is a pulao and kharabath addict, I can serve him upma all day and he will be fine with it!

Curry Leaf said...

Perfecto. This is my rice. I too make a similar version and call it chutney pulao. I usually prefer the cooker method as well. Great Cham. Love the post as well. I too am lazy,but when it comes to food especially normal staple food, then I am not lazy at all. But yes, before marriage, I didnot pick up a spoon,thgh went for a cookery workshop and got ideas. :)
Mouthwatering Pic and I am making it tmrw for lunch.

Sapthanaa Balachander (Alias) Abilashini said...

looks beautiful, lovely colour and a simple veg recipe..