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Pulao, I think, definitely falls in the comfort food category. It’s sure to enliven one’s spirits and at the same time provide a healthy, yet delicious meal. This is also one of the dishes where you can use your imagination and put in whatever vegetables you like, chances are it’ll still make your mouth water.
Here’s how I make it, but feel free to experiment.
Ingredients to Serve 4
Wash and clean the rice. Make sure there isn’t anything in there but rice. Rinse it a couple times with water and let it sit soaking in water while you prep everything else.
In a saucepan, heat oil. When the oil is hot, add all the dry spices, i.e. cumin seeds, black pepper corns, cinnamon sticks and cloves and saute them until your kitchen smells heavenly. There’s nothing like the smell of roasting spices. Ahhh! and this is just the start!
Add the ginger, garlic and saute them until they are just pink.
Now add the onions as well and saute them all together until the onions are translucent.
Add the turmeric and red chilli powders.
Now add the vegetables and toss until they are well combined. Be gentle with them, you don’t want the cauliflower breaking apart.
Cover this and let it cook for about 3-4 minutes. If it’s too dry you can add some water at this stage.
While the vegetables are cooking, drain all the water from the rice and have it ready.
Add the rice to the vegetables, they will welcome their lead character. 🙂 Add 2 cups of water and salt, and let this cook for about 35 minutes or until the rice is well done and the water has evaporated. The time can vary a lot depending on what kind of rice you are using.
That’s it, not only will your kitchen smell fantastic, but your mouth will be watering for this comfort food.
Serve it with some raita, which makes me think that I should give you the raita recipe too, since pulao and raita are like inseparable soul mates. They go together perfectly well.
Ingredients to Serve 4
Grate the cucumer in a serving bowl. Let all of it’s juicy goodness be in there too.
Add the tomatoes and pepper to the bowl as well.
Now, add the yoghurt and salt. Stir this well together and it’s done.
Garnishing options are one too many, use mint, cilantro, cumin powder, red chilli powder, basil, anything you can think of. It’s delicious and it compliments the main rice dish just perfectly.