Monday, September 15, 2008

:Imported from my old blog: Rice Pulav/Rice Pilaaf

2 cups of rice should be enough for 3 people and a little leftover....
Wash them and keep aside.

You need vegetables such as -

Peas - a little
Sweet corn - almost same quantity as peas
(you may dip peas and sweet corn in a bowl of water when you start cooking. This way they would cook very well)
Capsicum - half - nicely cut into thin slices
Cottage cheese - about 5 - 7 small cubes
Potato - one medium sized - peeled and finely cut into nice small pieces
Carrot - about one long carrot - peeled and finely cut into thin slices
Onion - one medium sized - peeled and finely cut into thin slices
Cauliflower - few small lil florets


Some of these vegetables are seasonal and may not be available.. you may pick the ones that are most easily accessible and available. Simplest is with potato, peas and onions.

For the MASALA -

2 tbs cooking oil
3-5 cloves
Cinnamon stick - 2
Moti elaichi / black cardamom - 2
Black Peppercorns - 3- 5
Jawaitri - 1 (traditional indian herb- looking for the english word for this spice)
I clove of garlic
a little / 1/3rd tablespoon ginger paste
alternatively you may add 1/2 tbs ginger garlic paste
Salt - to taste
Red chilly powder - to taste
Garam Masala - a little (for fragrance)


Start by heating the oil in a dry pan. Take cottage cheese and fry a little. Once golden brown, take it out and spread on a tissue paper/newspaper for extra oil.

Now add everything under the MASALA section except salt , red chilly powder and garam masala to the oil and heat a little.

Now start by adding the hardest vegetables the first - start with potatoes and carrot . Toss it for 2 -3 minutes on medium flame.

Now add onions and capsicum, cauliflower and any other vegetable except corn and peas.
Toss them for about 3-5 minutes on medium flame.

Now add salt, red chilly powder and garam masala.

Add peas, sweet corn and fried cottage cheese... toss for a couple of minutes.....

Now add rice to the tossed vegetables. You may increase the flame to high. Stir all the mixture nicely for about a minute or till water has dried up..

Now add 4 cups of water (double the quantity as rice) and cook rice. Some people prefer to transfer the content to a rice cooker... go ahead and do that..

else continue on the cooking gas till water has dried up.
Please make sure that you leave rice in the pan with closed lid even after the water has dried.. it is called DUM and helps leave a brilliant aroma.....

I prefer eating hot rice with cold dahi... you may eat it plain, with dahi/curd/yogurt or with a gravy......

Happy eating!

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