Friday, 24 June 2011

Simple Vegetable Pulav

Carrots, beans, green peas and potatoes are a boon when you want to make a healthy vegetable main course really quick. I plan a pulav or bisi-bele baath once over the weekend for lunch. It takes only half-an-hour preparation and a lot fewer dishes to wash, compared to a traditional sambhar, rasam and poriyal lunch.
Here is the recipe:
Large onion, sliced - 1
Carrots, Beans, Potatoes, chopped - 1 1/2 cup
Green peas - 1/2 cup

Ginger - 1 tbsp
Garlic - 1 tbsp
Green chillies (slit lengthwise) - 2
Chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Jeera or Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Coriander and mint leaves for garnishing.
Rice - 1.5 cups (standard measuring cup for rice, not the 240 ml US measuring cup)

Wash the rice well and add 3 cups (rice measuring cup) of water. Don't count the vegetables and add extra water, else you end up with over cooked rice. 
Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add the onions and all the vegetables, fry for a few minutes until the raw smell is gone. Add the ginger, garlic paste and all the masala powder and continue frying for a few minutes. Add the soaked rice and the water mix well, taste the water and ensure the flavours are as per your choice (salt, chilli etc). Adjust the spices if you desire and close the cooker. Allow two-three whistles (the normal time to cook plain white rice) and turn it off. 

Garnish with mint and coriander leaves and serve hot with raita.

The spices and flavours are mild in this preparation and hence very much suitable for children. Except for the time taken for chopping vegetables, the recipe hardly requires any preparation time and is perfect for a quick main course meal.


Hari Chandana said...

Looks colorful and tempting.. Truly delicious.. Thanks for the awesome recipe.. Love the preparation dear !!
Indian Cuisine

Priya Kumar said...

Thank you, Chandana. It is such encouragement that keeps me going! You have a lovely blog :)!