Kofta Pulao | How to make Kofta Pulao

>>  Tuesday, June 17, 2014

We are starting the third week of BM# 41 and I have taken up "Cooking with Alphabets". To make things more complicated, I decided to challenge each day with a specific cooking mode. I was having that in mind when I wrote that as a clause, however it wasn't clear enough and it was clarified when it was specifically asked. By then somebody said they were ready with their post based on one cooking medium. So it was decided that we will choose only one.

I had suggested four set of sequential alphabets, each to be cooked either on stove top, MW/ Steamed or Rice cooker. I had the most tough time browsing through my collection. Though it was a though theme, I had the pleasure of flipping through my collection. I almost thought I will choose one medium myself. Then decided to see if I could actually call the alphabets in different modes.

As of now, I have two posts done, tomorrow's post is still not done. I was hoping on the Sunday to get these done, as usual I had so many other things coming up, that this got pushed back! The inspiration for today's post is from Viji of Vcusine. She had done it differently, by laying the pulao and with vegetable mix and then baking with the koftas. Since I had to use only one method, I made the recipe and ingredients differently.

I will be doing K, V, O in the same order. And it is Kofta Pulao on Stovetop

Kofta Pulao

For the Mixed Vegetable Pulao

Ingredients Needed:

Whole spices

Bay leaf - 1 big
Star anise
Cloves - 3
Cinnamon - 1"
Cardamom - 2
Marati Mogga - 1

For the rice

Onion juliennes - 1 /2 cup
Green chilies - 2 -3 long
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Vegetables - 2 cups (Capsicum, Beans, Peas, Carrot)
Coconut paste - 2 - 3 tbsp
Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Water - 3 cups
Oil - 2 tsp
Ghee - 2 tsp

For Koftas

Boiled and grated potatoes - 1/2 cup
Paneer, grated - 1/2 cup
Grated paneer 2 tbsp
Mixed vegetables (Carrot, Beans, Peas) - 1 cup
Corn flour - 3 - 4 tsp
Onion, finely chopped - 1 big
Chopped green chili - 2 medium
Mint and coriander leaves handful
Turmeric powder a pinch
Garam masala - 1/ 4 tsp
Roasted Cumin powder - 1/ 4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

How to make the Pulao

Wash and soak the basmati rice for 20 mins.

In a non stick pan, add the oil, ghee, saute the whole spices for couple of minutes, then add the onion juliennes, green chilies, saute till the onions start to change colour. Then add ginger garlic paste, saute well.

Next add chopped vegetables, salt and simmer for 5 mins. Then remove the lid, add the coconut paste, simmer, let the coconut paste get mixed well.

Now add drained rice and combine everything and finally add water, turmeric powder. Bring to boil. Once the water starts to boil, simmer and cook for 15 mins.

When the water is all absorbed, keep a pan over the flame and place this pot over it, so that the rice gets cooker further indirectly.

Fluff well and let it remain hot.
How to make the Koftas

Chop and blanch the vegetables in MW for 7 mins. Remove and roughly mash it.

MW the potatoes and peel the skin. In a wide bowl, take the finely chopped onions, cumin powder, garam masala, salt, corn flour, boiled aloo, crumbled paneer, mashed vegetables. Mix everything well.

There is no need for adding anything else, but if balls are not getting formed, add some more corn flour.

Make small balls and complete the entire mix.

Heat oil in a kadai and when the oil is hot, deep fry the koftas on all sides

Make sure you cook the koftas over medium to high heat, else the koftas will drunk more oil and will become soggy as well.

Once you have fried all the koftas, add to the cooked pulao, saving some for the final garnish. Cover the pulao tightly and cook on low flame for 5 mins.

When ready, garnish with the remaining koftas, and raita.

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Shanthi Muthuvel June 17, 2014 at 12:19 AM  

Quite interesting recipe..very well done...

vaishali sabnani June 17, 2014 at 5:22 AM  

That's a lovely one pot meal with quite a bit of work. .but totally worth it. Similar to Awadhi Goli Pulao.

nandoos Kitchen June 17, 2014 at 6:43 AM  

pulao looks super! very interesting recipe..

Pavani N June 17, 2014 at 8:14 AM  

Kofta pulao has been on my to-make list for yeas now. You are now tempting me to try this soon.
Pulao looks amazing Valli. Very tempting.

Archana Potdar June 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM  

Valli this is awesome.

The Pumpkin Farm June 17, 2014 at 9:33 AM  

this looks so inviting and am already hungry looking at your pictures, this is quite filling one

nayana June 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM  

Delicious n filling pulav

Kalyani June 17, 2014 at 2:10 PM  

Loving this Immensely ! Had it at Lucknow many years ago... Bookmarking Valli !!

Jaya M June 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM  

how r you? Thats such a great way of making Pulaos...will love to add some koftas next time if I do make pulaos...hugs and smiles

Varadas Kitchen June 17, 2014 at 6:34 PM  

I had never heard of kofta pulao. It looks very appetizing.

I had made all dishes one method, but then decided to take the challenge for different cooking methods. Had fun with it.

Priya Suresh June 17, 2014 at 11:24 PM  

Thank god i picked this theme for the last week, and am ready with three different cooking method, this theme may sounds tough but still its challenging Valli.

Kofta pulao, that so inviting, sounds a prefect, royal dish for sunday lunch.

Sarita June 18, 2014 at 5:58 AM  

Ohh what a great pulav!

Shobha June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM  

Very innovative and delicious pulao.

Padma Rekha June 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM  

I too made this kofta pulao some time back but mine is little different will try this next time.Looks yumm.

Linsy Patel June 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM  

delicious one pot meal.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan June 19, 2014 at 1:17 AM  

I have not heard of kofta pulao and this sounds like a very filling one pot meal. I am ddefinitely trying this sometime soon.

Jayanthi June 20, 2014 at 8:15 AM  

I've been wanting to make this pulao for a long time. This recipe and the pictures are making it look so appetizing that I feel desperate to make it now.

Chef Mireille June 22, 2014 at 10:42 AM  

this theme was more than I could handle this month - kudos to you for coming up with fabulous recipes to fall into the challenging theme requirements. Pulao looks fantastic

Harini-Jaya R June 29, 2014 at 4:08 AM  

Very yummy. Love the contrast in colors of the pulao and the koftas! Very lengthy process for the end result!

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