I am a big fan of Rice varieties. I like to have rice in any style...from our traditional pongal to any chinese fried rice. For me rice is always a comfort food. But my hubby isn't very fond of rice dishes, he always prefer indian breads if given an option. He likes less masala rice and so I make this Vegetable Pulao. It is a light flavoured rice and very simple to make. You can see in the clicks that white colour of the rice is retained as I haven't added any spices such as chilli powder, garam masala etc. I have used only whole spices which gives a nice flavour. This is actually a modified version of my mom's pulao as she makes it in a kadai. I always use my favourite assistant, my pressure cooker to make this :)...so isn't that a yummy one pot meal ?
1 cup Basmati rice
3/4 cup mixed chopped Vegetables (carrot, peas etc)
1 medium size Onion chopped
3-4 Green chillies slit
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Ginger - Garlic paste
2 tbsp broken Cashews
1 tbsp Ghee
1.5 cup Water
1" stick Cinnamon
1 Bay Leaf
2 green Cardamoms
1 star aniseed
Wash the rice and soak in water for about half an hour. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Splutter cumin seeds. Add all the ingredients listed under Whole Spices and saute until nice aroma comes. Add the cashews and fry till slight brown.
Now add onions, green chillies, ginger-garlic paste and saute until onions turn transparent. Add the vegetables and saute for 2-3 minutes and add salt. Now add the drained rice and saute for a minute. Add water and mix well. Close the cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
Rice is ready...Serve hot with any raita or a sidedish.
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