Wednesday, June 3, 2009

MM Ravishing Rice- Rice Pilaf/Pulav

Rice Pilaf
Well technically I don't know what is the difference between pulav and Biryani is for most part I use the same ingredients and vegetables in both with the exception of baking one while cooking the other. I was always intimidated making pulav for it always sounded complex with lot of involved processes, but after trying couple of time I can vouch that its one of the most easiest rice dish to make only pre requisite being that you need to have a handful of spices at home.
Ever since we had a restaurant with Hyderabad Dum Biryani as its speciality open close to our home making pulav has become a rarity for me.
Ingredients used seem a little exhaustive but trust me its not hard as it seems
Serves 5-6 cooking time 15 min prep+cooking time for rice
Spices2-3 Bay leaves
1/2 tbsp Black Onion Seed/Kalonji Seed/Nigella Seed
few Mace or Javitri
pinch Saffron or Zafraan
1 Star Anise or Badayan
3-4 Cloves/Laung/Lavang
two 1 inch pieces of Cinnamon stick/Dalchini
check out images of the spices used here
1 red Red onion sliced thin vertically
2 cups mixed vegetables ( peas,carrot,beans)
3-4 Chilies ( I used red Chilies)
2 potatoes peeled and cubed
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 cup store brought coconut milk
2tbsp of milk to soak saffron
1 Cup Basmati rice
2tb Ghee/clarified butter
2 tbsp oil for shallow frying spices
salt according taste
1 tbsp Turmeric
for garnish deep fried Onions,cashew nuts,cilantro
1. Soak saffron in 2 tbsp warm milk and set aside.
2. wash basmati rice in warm water and keep aside.
3. Heat a pan add 2 tbsp oil, when oil gets warm ad all the above mentioned spices and fry till they emit a nice aroma.
4. Now add ginger garlic paste, sliced onions and chilies sauté them till onions turn brown.
5. Add all the vegetables and mix well, stir fry for about 1-2 minutes.
6. Add turmeric, salt and coconut milk and stir once again.
7. Now add soaked rice and saffron and stir till the rice is well coated.
8. Now transfer the rice into a rice cooker and add 2 cups of water, spray generously with PAM (Non-stick spray) mix well and allow to cook.
9. When cooked allow to cool a bit and then fluff the rice around for all the ingredients to mix.
10. Garnish with fried onion ,cashews and coriander leaves.
Serve hot,tastes best when accompanied with Raita or Kurma.This is my entry for Meeta's Monthly Mingle hosted by Nags - this months theme Ravishing Rice .


Happy cook said...

Love anytime rice like this and yours look so yumm.
I have never added javitri in pulao unless is i make chciken biriyani.

Sailaja said...

Too good Sridevi. I love pulav.

I will try your version soon


Cynthia said...

Sree, the colour alone is inviting.

SoulPrincess. said...

Your food looks amazing:)

Rina said...

Sri..That plate of pilaf looks good to enjoy as it is..Lovely color too. Sure it would have tasted good.

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