Vegetable Pulao

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Vegetable Pulao- Serves 3This 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 . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Vegetarian Biryani- “Hyderabadi Style”

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Vegetarian Biryani- Serves 6 One of my favorite Indian dishes is Biryani. So much so that I have collected so many different recipes and variations of it from family, friends and cook books. This particular one is called “Hyderabadi Biryani” and is made with lots of fresh cilantro, fresh mint, onions, tomatoes and yogurt. I often make the chicken version of this and over this past weekend I made a vegetarian version using carrots, french beans, green peas, and potatoes. Best of all, it’s a one pot dish that is a hit with all! Biryani is a rice-based dish layered with meat and/or vegetables. The rice and meat are cooked separately, and then layered and baked together or cooked on . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Chicken Biryani With Mint And Cilantro”Hyderabadi Biryani”

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Biryani is a rice-based dish layered with meat and/or vegetables. The rice and meat are cooked separately, and then layered and baked together or cooked on low flame. This allows the aromas from various spices to get fully infused, making biryani highly enjoyable and delectable. Often made at my house as a party dish, I decided to make it as a weeknight treat for my family to enjoy! It is elaborate but those who have tasted biryani know it’s worth the effort. Traditionally, the dish is served with a raita made with cucumber, tomatoes and onions. The yogurt helps to cool the palette from the heat of the spices in the biryani. I made this with lots with caramelized onions, . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Shrimp Pilaf “Pulao”

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This pilaf is every one’s favorite. If I get unexpected guests, this is what usually gets made. A one pot meal which has protein, carbs and vegetable. Easy, simple and sure to win compliments from your family and friends. This rice gets it’s flavor from the spices like cardamom, cloves and especially star anise. The shrimp just enhances the flavor. If making it for vegetarians, skip the shrimp. Simple ingredients and great taste. Sunday meals at our house were always elaborate. Since both my parents were working, Sunday was the official family day where we would all sit down together for a lavish afternoon meal. There was always two types of seafood, either a fried fish and a curry (crab . . . CLICK TO READ MORE