Vegetable pulao…

by Sunita on April 2, 2007

I find making the perfect pulao a bit tricky. My ma used to make it very well. She says that the grains should be separate and not stick to each other. Whenever I try to make it, this is the first thing that comes to my mind…

Made this pulao for lunch last Sunday and it did come out well, and…each grain was separate to the other.

What’s needed-

3 and 1/2 C basmati rice, washed and soaked in water for 15-20 minutes and completely strained
1 carrot, cut into thin strips
1 onion, sliced
6-7 french beans, stringed and cut into thin diamonds
1 tsp cumin seeds
a handful of fresh peas
a handful of cashewnuts,split
a few strands of saffron soaked in 1/2 C milk
a pinch of sugar
salt to taste
3-4 tblsp butter/ghee

How to-

Heat the ghee/butter in a pan and add the cumin seeds. When they splutter, add the onion, cashews and all the other vegetables and stir fry for two minutes.

Add the rice and sugar and fry till the rice grains become crispy, but not brown.

Add the saffron milk and water so that it is just very slightly above the rice level.

Cover and cook till the rice is done, checking to see that the rice does not stick to the bottom.

Serve hot. We had it with a chicken curry. Goes well with basically all curries.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha April 3, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Thank God I could comment now!:D

I love how it looks like a bed of Jasmine.Very colorful and I bet it’s tastes great too with chicken curry.Thanks for recipe Sunita:)


2 sunita's world April 3, 2007 at 5:59 pm

Asha, thank you so much for taking the trouble to come back (third time lucky)…it means so much…


3 Sandeepa April 3, 2007 at 6:00 pm

I agree that making the perfect Pulao can get tricky but this looks perfect


4 Cynthia April 3, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Each country in the Caribbean measures one’s ability to cook by various dishes and one such dish is the ability to make a good pelau (same thing just spelt different in this part of the world). Like your mom said, the rice grains should be loose, separate and not sticking together. My mom has really perfected the art of doing this. My pelau usually comes out good also but sometimes there are hits and misses :) ) Yours looks perfect.

I carefully measure the amount of liquid I put in to cook the rice. The ratio I use for basmati rice is 1 cup rice, to 1 and a half cups of water (or coconut milk or any liquid you are using).


5 Vcuisine April 4, 2007 at 5:11 am

Very nice presentation Sunita. Viji


6 sunita's world April 4, 2007 at 9:09 am

Sandeepa, thanks a lot…

Cynthia,we all have our hits and misses…the hardest ones to take in are definitely the ones where you feel very confident about a dish and it fails to match up…

Viji,so nice to have you over…thanks.


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