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Mixed Vegetable Pulao

>>  Monday, March 10, 2014

We are starting the second week of BM#38 and I decided to do one of my ever favourite topics, one pot rice dishes. Only this time, it so happened that I haven't been ready on time and nearly thought I might skip this week. At the very last moment I have managed to save the day and managed to make this.

Of course the first day post got me very delayed to work and the second day got some very sarcastic comments from hubby dear. Not that ever deters me from making it. Both the rice dishes were awesome, goes without saying when the boys eat them. That of course means it wasn't as spicy it should have been for the hubby.

Anyway I was happy that I was able to strike out some of my bookmarked dishes. 


For the theme, I had decided to ask for gourmet rice dishes. This can cover so many, right from simple pulaos, to biryanis and fried rices. Simple puloas could be paired with another rice, spicy side dish to make a complete meal.

When you talk about Pulao or Pilaf, you are always left wondering how different it is from Biyani. At my home, we make very distinct difference between how these are cooked. When you cook everything together in a rice cooker or Pressure cooker, with mild and simple spices, we call it pulao. Else the masala is quite rich and heavy, and you use layering method, it's called Biryani.

Now I have gone and mixed these together and made today's post. It's a one pot cooking with heavy masala. So I am not sure what to call it. I can call it either pulao or biryani. Whatever it makes a great lunch.








Mixed Vegetable Biryani

Ingredients Needed:

Basmati Rice - 1 & 1/2 cups
Butter - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Coconut Milk - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Bay leaf - 2 small
Cumin Seeds
Curds - 2 tbsp

To grind into paste

Onion - 1 medium
Mint leaves - handful
Cinnamon sticks - 1"
Cloves - 4 -5
Green chilies - 3 medium
Ginger -1"
Cardamoms - 3

Grind them all into fine paste

Vegetable use

Fresh Peas, Carrot, Corn Kernels, Potatoes - cubed

To garnish

Fried Cashews - 5-6
Bread Slices - 3, cubed and browned.
Onions juliennes - 1 fried

How to make the Vegetable Biryani

Wash and soak the basmati rice for 15 mins.

Grind all the ingredients listed under masala paste to a smooth paste. Keep it aside.

Heat a pressure cooker with butter and oil, add the bay leaves, cumin seeds. Next add the ground masala, saute well. Cook well then add cubed vegetables and saute well for 5 mins. Now add the curds and cook well.

Next add the drained rice and saute well. Add the coconut milk and water. Cover and cook for 3 whistles.

Heat another pan with ghee, oil mix and fry the onion juliennes, cashews and bread pieces. Once the rice is done, add the fried ingredients on top and toss around.

Serve hot with onion raita and chips.



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15 comments :

Manjula Bharath March 10, 2014 at 12:16 AM  

wow very delicious pulao dear , Love the addition of coconut milk :) My mom makes this pulao odten in presssure :) tempting me !!

Hasna Hamza Layin March 10, 2014 at 12:50 AM  

nice one Srivalli.. making paste is something new to me fr pulaos

Ramya Krishnamurthy March 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM  

Yummy delicious pulao and want to finish the plate

Resna Nishad March 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM  

Yummy pulao...love all the ingredients and method..

Priya Suresh March 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM  

Pulaos are really very quick when we go for pressure cooking, such a flavourful pulao.

Briju Parthasarathy March 10, 2014 at 2:24 PM  

Yummy pulao recipe, my next door neighbour aunty used to make in same way. You reminded me of her. Thanks for refreshing my memories with such a lovely recipe

Pallavi Purani March 10, 2014 at 7:06 PM  

Adding that flavorful paste to the masala is a great idea. Must give it a go sometime.

Sapana Behl March 11, 2014 at 8:57 AM  

I love rice dishes and that mix veg pulav makes me hungry just by looking !

Pavani N March 13, 2014 at 3:02 AM  

Yumm. Yumm. I love these kind of one pot pulao/ biryani. These are great for weeknight meals and also for quick dishes for impromptu guests.

Varadas Kitchen March 13, 2014 at 10:07 AM  

The pullao looks great. That is a hard balance to achieve between spicy and bland dishes to please everyone.

sushma March 18, 2014 at 8:31 PM  

Yummy pulao, I love the way u always make a paste of green chili, onion and spices for making pulao. WIll try this sometime soon.

Chef Mireille March 20, 2014 at 9:08 AM  

The mint in the spice paste must have made this so flavorful

Ruchi Indu March 21, 2014 at 9:09 AM  

Yummy pulao... I also make almost the same way...

Harini-Jaya R March 25, 2014 at 2:19 AM  

Love the addition of coconut milk in pulaos!

Sreevalli E March 26, 2014 at 2:28 AM  

Delicious & flavorful rice.

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