Friday, August 23, 2013

Pulao Rice


A wholesome rice based dish, pulao/pilaf can be made with basmati rice, vegetables, nuts, spices and pretty much with other suitable ingredients. Simply said, there's various versions of pulao - just with veggies, meat or seafood, we however always prefer the vegetarian pulao which can be easily made in the rice cooker. Rice Cooker as always is my saviour, while some prefer the pressure cooker or cooked over the stove in a pot method. With the rice cooker, you don't have to watch the cooking time and ensured the dish will not be over-cooked or under-cooked. This pulao indeed is a bond between the spices, the magical blend of flavours and the fragrance of basmati rice, goes well with vegetable raitatomato chutneymutton devil curry or lamb yogurt curry.



Ingredients
2 cups basmati rice - rinse and drain off excess water
3 tbsp ghee
4 tbsp walnuts - break into 2-3 pieces
3 tbsp raisins
1/2 tbsp ginger paste
1/2 tbsp garlic paste
1/2 tbsp onion paste
1 tomato - chopped
3 green chillies - slice into 3-4 pieces
1/2 tsp coriander flakes/powder
1/2 tsp mint flakes/powder 
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder or 1 stick broken cinnamon
1/4 tsp saffron strands (omit or a little turmeric powder)
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups water
1 cup frozen green peas
Salt for taste  
Method
Heat ghee in rice cooker.
Fry walnuts till crispy, remove and keep aside.
Fry raisins in the same ghee till they become plump. Remove and keep aside.
Next sauté ginger paste, garlic paste and onion paste in the same ghee.
Add chillies, tomato, rice, coriander powder, mint flakes and cinnamon powder.
Stir all together for 2-3 mins.
Then pour coconut milk and water, drop in saffron strands and season with salt.
Gently stir in.
Once rice is cooked, fluff it up.
Lastly combine in green peas.
Before serving, mix in fried walnuts and raisins.  
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41 comments:

  1. pulao looks spectacular dear... love the presentation as always, fried raisins makes platter awesome, a must try recipe :)

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  2. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comAugust 23, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Nava, this rice is yummy. I can have 2 bowls of this! cheers and have a nice weekend :)

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  3. Pulao looks so delicious and its my favorite too. Your raita looks so refreshing too Nava :-)

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  4. Nava, awesome clicks and perfect pulao rice recipe.. :) Even I use a cooker for pulao. Easy n no worries as you said.. :) I must say again gal, the clicks are super :)

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  5. such a lovely pulao,will be making this for the weekend,thanks for sharing :-)

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  6. love the wonderful combination.wonderful platter.

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  7. Awesome clicks and they looks tempting to eat Nava :D

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  8. Gosh I am getting the taste for your pulao and raita now. Love the pictures too, so very tempting. Have a nice weekend!

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  9. Great dish, the rice looks delicious :)

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  10. Rice cooker is such a blessing when it comes to pulao. I do make something similar except some of the herbs u have added.
    Love all the sides u have listed esp devil curry he hee:))

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  11. This pulao looks wonderful, I love the raisins in it...always nice with a touch of sweet.
    Have a lovely weekend Nava :D

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  12. I always wondered about the difference between pulao and briyani. Very educating. Dish looks great!

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  13. Pulao looks wonderful ! very interesting recipe with the nuts and raisins :) I loved the suggested dishes too :)

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  14. Very tempting comforting rice recipe.. I really love the addition of walnuts and raisins..

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  15. Spectacular pulao...love the sides dat u suggest as well... :)

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  16. oh that is wonderful...so good to see a great collection...

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  17. The pulao definitely looks good and I love it with raita. Last week I was at a hindu festival and they served pulao with tomato chutney. And now your post, I have to make some today.

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  18. Pulao looks delicious and inviting.

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  19. Nava, this is a very healthy rice.

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  20. Hi nava,
    The pulao looks yum! Cannot wait to try this!

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  21. Lovely pulao and such perfect dishes to go with it.

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  22. Very healthy with all the veg inside. They added a touch of colours to the rice too!

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  23. I love pulao...tomato chutney looks yummy..I made pulao with adding carrot beans sweetcorns onions potato..

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  24. Thats a lovely and easy recipe...wonderful

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  25. Wonderful pulao...and easy to follow recipe...I adore the pulao and the combination with raita or tomato chutney, is my favorite combo!!!

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  26. Very healthy veg Pulau Nava. Looks fantastic and the Raita picture is just mind blowing. Made with perfect ingredients :)

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  27. Lovely clicks n yummy luking recipes...soooo tempting....

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  28. What a gorgeous Pulao Rice! I love the gorgeous color from the spices. :) So beautiful along with the nuts and veggies.

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  29. my fav pulao and vegetable raita...looks so good and tempting...

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  30. Lovely Pulao............;);)



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  31. Pulao's are definitely a real time saver.. Looks yummy and perfectly made Nava :-)

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  32. Stunning combination of textures and colours in your pulao. Feel like having pulao now...As usual, lovely pictures. The other accompaniments are equally mouth-watering!

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  33. Hi Nava, your pulao rice look so flavorful and inviting. Love all the ingredients you used. Your mutton curry look awesome, I might need extra rice. :)

    Have a nice day.

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  34. Yummy looking pulav.. Simple & extremely flavorful ! Love those collection of side dishes with that..

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  35. The rice itself is enough to be a meal on its own. A nutritious meal. Will include this in my next carbo load meal plan before a major run!

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  36. very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards,
    Semiya upma

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  37. I can smell it! Looks so delicious and beautiful!

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  38. So beautiful platter..loved the pulao and all the yummy curry Navaneetham

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  39. Too yum with raita and pickle!!

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