Cauliflower Peas Pulao Recipe

>>  Monday, April 18, 2011

Time surely has no sense of time! Well the way the days have rolled into weeks, left me amazed that I am doing the 3rd group of the Blogging Marathon. And two weeks have just gone so quickly. Though I never thought I will do the rest of the weeks, somehow didn't feel good letting the group do the hard work without pinching in. 

I wanted to make things little easy for myself and decided to do 30 minutes meal for the next 7 days. Most days this is what happens at home. With me cooking the breakfast and lunch at the same go and managing it well within time for everybody to leave on time. My usual menu revolves around dals, sambars and pulaos in a week. When I make Dal or Sambar, it is the usual Rice, Vegetable side dish, Rasam and Curd Rice. When it is Pulao, if the rice is mild a vegetable curry is made, else a simple onion raitha.

Making an Indian Meal within 30 mins is surely possible when you have certain things done ahead. Also I start my cooking with the pan on the flame and then get my things ready as I cook along. There is really no time nor need to get all the ingredients ready on the table for you to start cooking. Of course that helps for a novice or if you are attempting a new recipe.

For Pulaos to get ready quickly, here are the addons that that you can consider getting done ahead.

Ginger Garlic paste
Coconut Paste
Green Chili Paste

These can be made ahead and usually stays good as mentioned in the post on their shelf life. 

Cauliflower Peas Pulao 

Ingredients Needed

Basmati Rice - 1 Cup
Fresh Peas - 1/2 Cup
Cauliflower, florets - 1/2 Cup
Onion - 1 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 3/4 tsp
Green Chilli - 2 tsp / 3 medium slit vertically
Coconut paste - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Water - 1 & 1/2
Coriander leaves,finely chopped - 2 tsp

Whole spices

Cloves - 2
Cardamoms - 2
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Bay leaf - 1
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Wash and soak the basmati rice for 10 - 15 mins.

Clean the cauliflower and soak in salted hot water for 5 mins. Shell peas if you haven't already done ahead.

Put the pressure cooker on low flame, while you chop the onions. Add oil to the pan, drop in all the whole spices.

If you are using green chili paste, add it now else, the slit pieces along with ginger garlic paste. Saute well for couple of mins.

Then add the onions, saute till it turns colour, then add the cauliflower florets and peas. Continue cooking in low flame for 2 more mins for the vegetables to get thoroughly mixed with the oil and spices.

Get the flame to high flame, saute well. Then add drained rice and saute again. Measure out 1 & 1/2 cup of water, add coconut paste, salt and cover with lid.

Pressure cook for 2 -3 whistles depending on your cooker.

Serve with Onion Raitha for a complete meal.


When you make this pulao with whole green chilies, it tends to be mild. So you may increase the spice or serve with a curry as side dish.
Else if you want to serve this spicy, add the green chili paste and make it fiery.

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harini-jaya April 18, 2011 at 6:33 AM  

Good one, I felt that the cauliflower florets would become mushy if pressure cooked. Didn't you feel that way?

Anusha Birlangi April 18, 2011 at 8:01 AM  

Simple and delicious ....

vaishali sabnani April 18, 2011 at 9:29 AM  

a quick,simple yet delicious meal.

lata raja April 18, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

It is an awesome pulav...only disappointed that it was not cooked microwave:)

jayasree April 18, 2011 at 10:38 AM  

I'm all for one pot meals esp for dinner. cauliflowers florets have retained their shape even on pressure cooking.

Priya April 18, 2011 at 12:20 PM  

Pulao looks absolutely delicious and yummy..

Suman Singh April 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM  

Healthy and yummy this combo!

Cooks April 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

Cauliflower pulao looks yumm. Like Harini said, my cauliflower usually gets very mushy when cooked in pressure cooker. Yours looks still together.
I'm excited to join the marathon again. Thanks for organizing.

divya April 18, 2011 at 5:26 PM  

Pulao looks absolutely delicious and yummy..

SravsCulinaryConcepts April 18, 2011 at 7:01 PM  

Simply delicious pulao !!

Cool Lassi(e) April 18, 2011 at 7:45 PM  

Easy Breezy Pulao recipe! Cauliflower and peas are a splendid combo in a pulao. Love it!

Suma Gandlur April 18, 2011 at 8:06 PM  

Really an apt one for your theme.

Smitha April 18, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

yummy and easy!
Glad to join u guys in the blogging marathon yet again! :)
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Now Serving April 19, 2011 at 12:44 AM  

This is a quickie but yummy meal!

Kamalika April 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM  

This is a different way of making it, which I did not know.. Thanks
for sharing

Kamalika April 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM  

This is a different way of making it, which I did not know.. Thanks
for sharing

PriyaVaasu April 19, 2011 at 4:51 PM  

that was really quick!!!! looks yummy!!!

Usha April 21, 2011 at 9:36 PM  

I love pulaos,vegetable or meat ones.. I usually use green chilies for the pulaos and never tried adding coconut to pulaos.. Will try it very soon. Yummy pulao!

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