Vegetable pulao is one of those main courses which can be included in a party menu as well as just for your family lunch. Its a simple rice dish which is healthy as well as loved by all. You can use the vegetables of your choice to make a delicious pulao.
Preparation time : 5 minutes + 30 minutes for soaking rice
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Serves : 6
Basmati rice – 3 cups
Ghee – 1 tablespoon
Oil – 1 tablespoon
Onion – 1 large, finely chopped
Tomato – 1 small, finely chopped
Mixed veggies ( Carrots, beans, potato, green peas etc) – 3 cups
Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Whole garam masalas
Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
Cardamom – 4
Cloves – 4
Star anise – 1
For grinding :
Coriander leaves – a handful
Mint leaves – 8 to 10 leaves
Green chilly – 4 to 5 ( depending on the spice of the chilly)
Ginger – 1/2 inch
Garlic – 6 cloves
Heat a deep pan or cooker . Add oil and ghee ( you can also add 2 tablespoons of ghee alone or 2 tablespoons of oil alone).
Add whole garam masalas, onion and saute till they turn light golden brown. Then add the grounded masala. Saute till the oil oozes out.
Next add turmeric powder, saute little bit. Then add tomatoes and all veggies, salt. Mix well and saute for 3- 4 minutes.
Then add 6 cups of water. Let the water boil. Then add the well drained rice. Add lemon juice. Mix gently once. check for salt and add if needed. Close the lid. Keep on low to medium flame. Cook for 10 minutes or till water dries.
If using cooker, cook for 1 whistle on medium flame.