Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vegetable Pulao

(similar to biryani, but for biryani, you make the sauce separately, and biryani is spicier)
2c basmati rice, dry.
2c mixed vegetables, cooked
4 serving spoons oil
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 cinnamon sticks
4 green cardamom
2 black cardamom
4 cloves
whatever you like- mushrooms, tofu, paneer
1 tsp butter
handful raisins/cashews
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp meat masala
1/2 tsp garam masala
1c mixed fruit (optional- if you add this it's "Navratan" or Kashmiri Pulao)

1. Boil rice like pasta: in excess water, then drain. You don't want it to be sticky.
2. Heat oil, add cumin, then all whole spices, then vegetables. Cook 1 minute.
3. Add butter, whatever you like, raisins, cashews, salt, masalas.
4. Add rice, mix, cook 2 minutes. Garnish with cilantro, fruit.

Source: Nisha at Taste of India cooking class, McLeod Ganj, India

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