Monday, March 17, 2014

Salmon Pulao Rice


I don't think; I know that by now the whole world would have known about the disappearance of our MH370 plane. With that, we've become the talk among everyone almost anywhere, either for the right or wrong reasons. But trust me, it’s been an agonizing time for us; the pass 10 days already.  We are badly effected and day in day out, we are waiting for a positive outcome. 


There's nothing more running through my mind and I can't think of anything else to write for the intro until the mysterious vanishing of the plane is solved. Malaysian Airlines System (MAS) is our national carrier and our pride. I may sometimes say the “not nice things” about the search and rescue actions. Yet being a true and typical Malaysian, I’m wallowing in sorrow.

Let me now move on the recipe. While it’s known as "Salmon Pulao Rice", I cooked the salmon and rice separately; a slight adjustment in the preparation techniques. Basically I used the same pan to pan grill/fry the marinated fish pieces, to fry the cashew nuts and shallots, to fry the rice; followed by cooking the rice in the rice cooker. 

For a vegetarian version of this recipe, you just omit the salmon and go on with the rest. It’s a wholemeal filling meal; salmon puloa rice paired with vegetable raita.
Ingredients
For the salmon
4 medium pieces of salmon (opt for more if you like)
Crushed pepper - as needed
Salt - as needed 

For the puloa rice
2 cups basmati rice - rinse and drain off excess water
2 tbsp ghee or butter
Spices - 2 sticks cinnamon, 2 star anise and 3-4 cloves
4 shallots - sliced thinly
2 tbsp cashew nuts
1/2 tsp saffron strands (if unavailable, use turmeric powder)
3 cups water
Coriander leaves - for garnishing
Salt for taste

Method
Rub salmon with crushed pepper and salt.
Add 1 tsp of ghee (from the 2 tbsp as stated for pulao rice)
Pan fry till cooked; depends on the texture you prefer.
Remove and keep aside.
In the same pan, add the balance of the ghee.
Fry cashew nuts till crispy and brown; remove and keep aside.
Do the same for shallots; fry and remove.
Now add spices and quickly fry.
Put in rice and stir for a few minutes.
Tip rice into rice cooker; add salt, saffron strands and water.
Gently stir and let it cook.
Once cook, fluff up rice.
To serve: scatter fried shallots and cashews over and garnish with coriander leaves.
Also, do consider pairing with vegetable raita and maybe boiled eggs. 
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32 comments:

  1. Salmon is such a healthy fish but unfortunately I dont like this fish. My son loves it & I buy this fish only for him. This rice looks yummy & I am sure my son will love it

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  2. I understand your feeling. Indeed, i too worried about MH370 passages. I think, i need to add some more spicy to Salmon Pulao Rice in order to meet our family needs. Thanks for the recipe.

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  3. wow pics are amazing, looks mouthwatering

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  4. Wow!! I'm drooling over the pic.. Looks Mouthwatering dear..

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  5. Pulao looks amazing .Very colorful nd very tempting .

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  6. Even in my house almost everyday we talk about the unfortunate incidence..
    About the recipe, it looks yum.. Ur too sweet to give a veg option too
    Keep in touch
    www.beingbeautifulandpretty.com

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  7. I don't understand that with all these powerful satellites why on earth no one can find a big plane? Lovely one pot meal.

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  8. Looks delicious Nava. We are all hoping for a good outcome for MH370.

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  9. Wonderful salmon pulao.....!Love the way u presented in the lunch box......

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  10. wow looks delicious...i too make this but its biriyani and a little different...great presentation as well

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  11. Such a tasty and healthy rice dish...yum!
    Have a wonderful week ahead Nava :D

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  12. Salmon pulao looks extremely inviting ..
    When everything around us is so disturbing feel like food comes as a solace for some worries atleast.

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  13. Just praying and hoping for the best!
    The rice looks delicious Nava :-) I grill or fry the fish for my daughter with the same ingredients you have used.. I think I will do the rice aswell next time for her.

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  14. oh my, this looks so lovely..wish salmon was not overtly expensive here.

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  15. Looks so yummy. Everytime , I see your seafood posts, my mind starts boggling me .why did i stop eating fish.

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  16. Will bookmark this. I still hv a bagbof basmati rice yet to use. Hmm...I wonder if can use dory fish instead

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  17. There are some things that are beyond our comprehension, Nava... I sincerely hope and pray that God gives the answer to the mysterious disappearance of the airline... this salmon rice is calling my name!!! Looks really awesome...

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  18. It is indeed painful and i can't even imagine the pain of the families of the people on board..
    The simple but flavorful food looks great and inviting..

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  19. Very appetising clicks Nav. Your post has made me hungry.

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  20. Salmon fried in ghee! How come I never thought of that. We eat salmon several times a week and my favourite recipes are Asian. This is a fabulous meal, simple yet gorgeous. I am going to try this soon.

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  21. Salmon has looks so yum, you are great so many recipies.

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  22. With the cinnamon, cloves and anise, that rice must have been so so fragrant! This sounds like such a delicious dish!
    The disappearance of MH370 is on my mind too - my heart goes out to all the passengers.

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  23. Great recipe nava!

    ps: hopefully they find the plane soon. Its really unacceptable how slow the news is being gathered and verified. By the time the other countries get the updated news, it is alrdy several days old and would be of little use

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  24. Its sad that there is no clue abt that plane yet,, :(
    ur recipe is lovely dear,, thanks fr sharing :)

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  25. All our thoughts and prayers are just about the missing plane. Keeping fingers crossed for some good news. Salmon in pulao...that's a new combination. A very healthy fish that has to be included in our diet. The pulao is good n innovative.

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  26. Lovely looking rice, the salmon adds health and flavour :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  27. Hi Nava, I love salmon and used to cook it in different ways. Yours definitely looks so tempting and flavorful. Healthy too!!! How I wished I could just have a spoon of the rice and a bite of the fish :) You have a wonderful week ahead and best regards :)

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  28. Salmon pulao rice looks very tempting with an appealing look :) Will defenitely opt for it some week-end

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  29. Such a lovely pulao, you know I love salmon and this looks so good with vegetable raita.

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  30. that's a very interesting recipe ! wonderful combo ! looks lovely...I understand how u feel Nava ! when I think about the relatives of the people on the plane ,I really feel bad...I pray that they soon find it ..

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  31. Salmon pulao looks and sounds so yummy! Hoping for some positive news for the missing plane!

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