Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao- Serves 3IMG_6700This is one of my favorite to go recipes to make when I have kids coming over for dinner. This pulao is made with lots of veggies, is simple to prepare and is always relished by all! So last week I invited my friend and her kids over for dinner. Her husband was away on a business trip and since our kids were having a playdate, I asked her to join us for dinner too! My friend loves Indian food but this was the first time her kids (ages 6 and 4) were trying it out. I kept things simple by preparing chicken curry, eggplant fry, greek salad, chappati (Indian bread), and this pulao.

The pulao is a combination of veggies like french beans, peas, onions and carrots cooked along with some fragrant Indian spices. The end result is a flavorful, wholesome dish that is always well appreciated!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked white basmati rice
  • 6 green cardamoms
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 carrot- peeled and sliced diagonally
  • 8-10  french beans- cut the ends off  and slice diagonally
  • 1 small yellow onion- thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup green peas ( I use the frozen green peas)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder (kashmiri degi mirch)
  • salt to taste (make sure to season well)
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil (I use canola)
  • 2 cups water

Method: Wash the rice a couple of times in water. Drain and cover with fresh water to soak for at least 1/2 hour.

Heat oil in a vessel. Add green cardamoms, cloves, bay leaf and cinnamon stick to the hot oil.IMG_6695

Wait for a few seconds and then throw in the onion, carrots, french beans, and peas. Fry this on high heat for 3-4  minutes. Then add the drained rice grains(previously soaked in water). Add turmeric, red chilly powder and salt. Fry well for 2 minutes and make sure the rice grains are well coated IMG_6697

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Add  2 cups water to it. Set on medium high and cook without covering. Once the water seems to have evaporated (after 10 minutes or so), reduce the flame to low, cover and cook for another 10 minutes. Before serving, check for salt. Serve hot with lentil or curry!

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Note: After you have added the rice grains to the veggies, you can at that point add the mix to a rice cooker, add water and cook. While preparing pulao, I like to cook it on the gas as I have noticed the rice gets a bit dry in the cooker. It’s really a personal preference.

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