Mar 3, 2013

Vegetable pulao recipe- step by step process

     I make vegetable pulao almost every fortnight with all the vegetables I have in stock at the moment, its usually with leftover vegetables.It use to be a rare thing in our homes when we were kids. It was a kind of special food reserved during holidays or when guests come over. Lot of efforts were taken to make this. Cashews were roasted and added. Spices used to be freshly ground. Proper side dishes along with chips, papads, pickles were present. Sometime even vadaams were fried.We grew up to like pulao and then it was made quite frequently. It became a simple one pot meal with just loads of vegetables with a easy raita or just plain curds and some papads or pickles.
      I just learned few years ago that in south the rice variety made this way is called biryani unlike the layered dum biryanis in the north.
vegetable pulao recipe

Basmati rice-2 cups
Onion-1 Sliced
Ginger garlic green chilly paste-1tbsp
Mixed vegetables- 1 cup (you can use chopped potatoes, carrots,peas,cauliflower,capsicum)
Mint leaves- 4-5 leaves finely chopped)
Cumin seeds-1tsp
Bay leaves-2
Cinnamon-1small piece
Cloves -2-3 no.
Star anise-1 no.
Cardamom- 2-3 no.
Coriander powder- 1tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2tp
Pulao masala-1tsp
Curd- 1 cup
Salt to taste

 1.Wash the rice.Drain the water and keep it aside for around 15 minutes.
2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add the cumin seeds and the whole spices(Bayleaves, cinnamon, cloves,cardamom,anise). Saute for a few minutes.
3. Add the ginger, garlic green chiily paste along with onions and saute till the onions are slightly brown in colour.
4. Add the vegetables and mix.

5.Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, pulao masala and salt.
6. Add the chopped mint leaves and curd and mix well.

7.Now add the soaked rice and mix till everything combines beautifully.
8. Add enough water to cook the rice. Pressure cook till the rice is cooked well and grains should be seperate (not mushy)(see notes)
9. Gently mix and serve.
Serve hot with some raita and papad.
vegetable biriyani recipe
    1. Normally for 1 cup of basmati rice, one should add 1 cup or 1 1/2 cup of water, not more than that. It will turn mushy if more water is added.
   2. Add vegetable of your choice. I have given a list in the ingredients. You can even add mushrooms , paneer,tofu etc. I added broccoli too as it is healthy, but its taste in the pulao is slightly over powering. So consider before adding.
   3. You can skip the pulao masala. Whole spices are enough for a nice flavour.
    4. Mint leaves gives a nice flavour to the rice.

See more raita recipes here-
Spinach raita
pumpkin raita
Minty potato raita
Cabbage salad
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