It is winter time and markets are full of fresh green lovely vegetables. Some of the all time winter favourites are cauliflower, peas, carrots, beans etc. And what better way than a vegetable pulao to enjoy the freshness & goodness of these vegetables !!!
Today evening while shopping for veggies, I planned to cook vegetable pulao. But then, the traditional vegetable pulao with khara garam masala & zeere ka tadka seemed too boring and much-used. I was looking for ideas for something different - something with a little south Indian flavour. I googled for the same without much success. Then I decided to try & create something new.
The result was pretty good and hence thought of recording it & sharing it here. For all Indian women (& men), the measurements are not fixed & rigid my any means - they are just indications. Please use your understanding & sense of cooking to decide on measurements.....Thats what I generally do, except in cases where I am trying to cook something authentic or traditional...
Try this out & create your own variations....with other vegetables, chicken, shrimps.
Veg Pulao with Southern Twist
Cauliflower : 1/2 mid size
Carrots: 2 Medium sized
Shelled Peas : 3 handfulls
ginger : 4 inch
Green Chillies : 4 mid sized
Coriander seeds : 1 teaspoon
Grated Coconut : 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds : 1 1/2 teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 10-12
Mace : a little
Urad Dal: 1 teaspoon
Chana Dal : 1 teaspoon
Dried Red Chillies: 4
Basmati Rice: 1 1/4 cup
Lemon : 1/2
Grated Coconut : 1/2 cup
Refined Oil: 2 tablespoon
Sugar : 1 teaspoon (optional)
Salt: To Taste
1. Wash & soak basmati rice for 10 minutes & then drain
2. Cut all vegetables into small pieces.
3. Grind together all ingredients of the wet masala with a little water to a fine paste.
4. Heat refined oil & add all the dry spices one by one.
5. Once spices release their aroma, add the vegetables & fry for 3-4 minutes
6. Add the Wet Masala & fry till the moisture has almost evaporated.
7. Add rice & continue frying till all the moisture has evaporated
8. Add water to about 3/4 inch above the level of rice.(Or use your own measurement method that you use for pulao)
9. Bring to a boil & add salt. Add sugar depending on your preference
10. Cover & cook till rice & vegetables are cooked & all the water has been absorbed.
11. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon on the pulao.
12. Mix lightly with a fork.
13. Spread Grated Coconut on the pulao.
14. Serve with a simple raita.