Thursday, August 13, 2009

Vegetable Pulav - Restaurant style..(or even better..;))..!!!

Veg Pulao

Hi my sweet friends n readers..Here I am back on this beautiful evening..Actually I was planning to make this post in the morning,but got a very bad headache n was sleeping all the day n dreaming all sorts of crap..:D..So kitchen was closed today n I had some yummy Pasta from Domino’s.It was the first time I was doing a home delivery from them,n dunno if its my killing hunger ,the chicken carbonora pasta was too good..my tummy singing happily n am all up too..:) Its slightly cold here n almost dusky feeling n am enjoying it..Just like a rain is hanging from the clouds n anytime it can drop down..:D..!

Ok ,before I go into some serious digressions n give way to my sleepy head to torture you all with my infinite imagination ,lets go to today’s dish..A Vegetable Pulav..totally aromatic n yummy..!  Talking about this dish,I have a few memories associated(Alert: Serious blabbering ) with it.I was never a fan of this dish,n in Kerala I’ve had it maybe 2 times or so.For me, any rice main dish would be either fried rice or Biriyani..both non veg..n also the Pulao in south India is so different..Dunno if any of you have had my same experience..But there in restaurants,they make it with peanuts n coconut flakes n God knows what else..Bleh...I wasn't very keen in food related issues then as I am today..so never noticed much..If its today,I’d have done a serious research n dug out all the possible ingredients in the dish.That's what happens when we go out for food in restaurants now..:P..I start my research n will frown n think hard rather than eat n it’ll reach a point when people will start thinking ,this gal is total nuts.Often a nudge from my better half brings me back ..:D So so.. I didn't like Pulav’s then n never ordered it again.After coming here and seeing Pulao’s in hotels,I got to see that's its actually very different.It looked just like our Biriyani n the fragrance was so too tempting for anyone..I tasted n it was good..It tasted almost like Biriyani n  had so much flavor n fragrance..

For my Non Indian friends,Pulao n Biryani are both rice dishes with a different method of preparation.While Biriyani requires much more precision n care with layering,baking n mixing,Pulao/Pulav is much forgiving dish,in which you half-cook the veggies in an spicy sauce n then dumps the rice into it n completes the cooking..much more easy yet very yum..

So,last time when we had some friends coming over for dinner,I decided to try this Pulav ..All the other dishes were non veg..n so I thought putting this in will be a nice option.Usually I avoid trials ,when someone comes over u know..:D..But this is a simple rice dish n I thought maximum folly that can happen is that the rice can go overcooked..So I set in..Even for Biriyani’s I have never tried this one pot cooking method .Even thought it sounds easy,I am always worried if the cooking time of veg/meat n rice will go hand-in-hand.So this time I took extra care n thank God I could save my face,it came out nice..:)

Veg Pulao

I have taken some tips like adding yogurt n all from Vah-ree-vah chef..(quite a perky cute guy he is..I like his enthusiasm  n energy)..otherwise its the simple cook the veggies-mix with rice n cook method.He made it in rice cooker ,but I didn't want to take that risk with guests coming in..Use nice quality long grain Basmati rice for this..Mint is the star of this dish n please please don't try this without mint leaves.I wanted it so badly,that just before cooking I sent Kutts to buy mint n it was out of stock n then we had to buy a small box of organic mint at a bomber price.Nevertheless,it made the dish what it was..:) !

ok..lets goo..

Wash 2 cups of Basmati rice 2-3 rounds in water n soak it with double the amount of water ie,4 cups.

Now clean n chop all the veggies you like to add n keep it handy.I have added beans,peas,carrot n cauliflower.around 2cups or slightly more of veggies is what we need.

Now in a blender just pulse some whole garam masala with onions.I took a 2 inch cinnamon stick,3-4 cloves,3 cardamom pods,2 piece Javetri/mace n pulsed it with 1/2 cup of onions.I did so as I don't like to get a bite of these. spices while eating Pulav.

Heat enough ghee/butter/oil( I added ghee n oil half-half) n splutter 1 tsp black cumin seeds.

Add these crushed spice-onion mix n 2 bay leaves.Sauté in low heat till its fragrant.

Now add 1 Tbsp minced garlic n 3/4 Tbsp julienned ginger(paste can also be used).

Sauté till its golden n thrown in 1/2 cup of thinly sliced big onions(sweet walla walla onions taste so good in this dish)

Sprinkle salt n sauté well n now throw in 2 Tbsp of minced green chillies n 1 Tbsp crushed pepper corns.

Now add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder,1-2 tsps of chilli powder,1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp coriander powder n 1/2-3/4 tsp fresh garam masala(fennel,cloves,cinnamon,cardamom,mace) (Slightly heat the masala’s before adding..tastes better).

Mix well till raw smell goes n then pop in all the veggies.Take care that all the veggies are almost of same size,else they wont cook evenly.

Add 1 cup of minced mint leaves n 1/2 cup of minced cilantro.Sprinkle some kasuri methi as well..

Mix the veggies with the masala base n add 1 cup of thick yogurt.

Adjust salt,reduce heat n simmer for a while.Sprinkle a pinch or two of sugar as well n mix..just a trick to enhance taste..:)

Now as there is moisture in this masala base,we needn't add exactly the double amount of water with the rice..so just remove some 1/4 cup of water from the rice and pop the rice n water into the veggie base.This is a gut feeling..you can add more water at a later stage if you feel the rice should be cooked a bit more.Its always better to add lil water at a later stage n cook rather than getting a mushy Pulav.This way,it came perfect for me.

At this stage you can transfer the veggies n add rice to a rice cooker n let it cook in it.But I cooked in a large pot.

Add enough salt n now bring this mix to a boil then reduce the heat n close the vessel with  a tight fitting lid.

Let it cook for some time.Keep checking in between.

When you see that the top of the rice mix has dried up nicely,take a bite n see if the rice n veggies are properly cooked n salt level is ok.

Adjust accordingly.Mostly the rice n veggies would be cooked by then n you can sprinkle some ghee n fluff it with a fork/spork.Don’t use any plain spatula or tava for Basmati rice.it’ll break n mush.If you see its still watery in the middle or down,cook with lid open for lil more time n then remove from heat n let it rest.If its still moist ,during this period it’ll firm up.

Fry some cashew nuts n raisins in ghee n sprinkle over the pulao.You can add some fried onions as well..Lil saffron water also if you like it.Sprinkle more of fresh mint/cilantro n kasuri methi.

Close n rest it for an hour or so for the flavors to mingle.

Yummy Pulav is ready to serve with some nice cool Raita..:)

Veg Pulao

Verdict: It was awesome n tasted great.Mint n the spices took it to another level n the fragrant Basmati rice absorbed all the flavors. As I have explained it long , it may appear tedious to you.But actually its easy,n I elaborated so much for first timers in kitchen..just to take that extra care to make the perfect Pulav.If you follow this method you can create the awesome restaurant style(or even better) Vegetable Pulav.So do try it on the next special occasion n don't forget to let me know.:)

If you are fan of Biriyani n Pulav’s do check my rice dishes with this tag..you can navigate using the older posts link down at the bottom of each post...there is Malabar biriyani n kozhikodan Biryani n such of my humble trials..

..n this goes to Raks for her cooking for guests event..:)

Ok foodies..you all have a great yummy weekend..!:)

hugs

 

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Uma said...

mmm. that's a royal treat Varsha! Pulav looks sooooo tempting. Yum :)

Lakshmi said...

Wow!! yummy pulav Varsha..so very tempting :)

Pooja said...

Wow awesome Pulao Varsha! I never add mint and curd while making Pulao. Addition of these must have given great flavour!

Divya Vikram said...

Pulao recipe looks different Varsha Great way to compliment those yummy nonveg sides of yours. Love the way of grinding the garam masala.

Vani said...

Yum lookin' :)

Pavithra said...

Awesome dearie.. almost the same I do except add whole garam masala for grinding and for pulao i will not use curd other things are same.. Looks wonderful and nice click as well..

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Veg. Pulav looks Very colourful and very appetizing.

Mangala Bhat said...

Awesome ..Book marked ! Looks too good ..:) Love u dearie muhaa

chakhlere said...

Woww!! That looks yummyyyyyyyy!!
I just loved it!!

Addition of yogurt and kasuri methi to polav is interesting!!
Both are my favorite ingredients...will definitely try this tomorrow!!

5 Star Foodie said...

The veggie pulav looks yummy! Love the cashews here!

My Experiments with Cooking said...

Colorful rice!I am sure it would taste much much better than what we eat in restaurants.

Sushma Mallya said...

Delicous pulav....looks too good..

kittymatti said...

it hass turned out really well. Read the recipe in detail..shud give it a try!

aquadaze said...

that looks perfect!!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks super yum, liked the 2nd click v much!

Chitra said...

Wow, looks mouthwatering..Have bookmarked it :)thanks dear :)

Nags said...

better, i'd say :)

Priya said...

Varsha, pulao looks great and yumm!!

Ann said...

Haha..varehvah perkiness..My Gosh you are at times go nuts Varsha...hey but the pulao with coconut and all ? where is that in Kerala.Inform me and we can together visit the place ..lol..(btw,I have tasted keralised chineese at tvm .hoho..when asked they say its like that and all..lol)
So,older says it was kalyanasaugandhikam..poor your hubby in search of mint !!
looks yummy..

Purva Desai said...

I made Tawa pulao yest....
Urs look perfect too.....after reading the ingredients....I can surely say it must have tasted heaven....

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Sush said...

very nice pulao Varsha. Photos are too good to resist.

Parita said...

Thats delicious pulav and a different recipe! Love you clicks varsha and love that bowl :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy pulao

Pari said...

That's a nicely fragrant pulao.The curd adds a good flavour to the Pulao.

Vrinda said...

Pulav looks so tempting in that beautiful dish..nice recipe,when ever i make pulao,it will turn to biryani, he he..,will try ur version...

Sakshi said...

Can you fly to Boston and cook this for me today? Am in a mad friday mood and no cooking is my policy for today...grrrrrr

Sakshi said...

Hallelujah you stopped moderating comments? hee now I can put all the theris I want whenever I feel like??

Preety said...

recipe sounds gr8, i am going to make this over the weekend..thanks for sharing dear

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Indeed a better looking pulav! My 5 yr old kid is a great fan of pulav and briyani...I make atleast twice a week!!! Sure will give it a try..
I too like vareh vah chef's videos,I like his recipes a lot,but sometimes I will think wont he close his mouth for some time :P,any way he is a great chef yar:)

Soma said...

V V V appetizing! wish i could have some now & chuck the salad:-D its weekend & my poor tummy deserves something like this instead of sprouts LOL
this is a cheater's biryani, easy but as tasty.
that vah re wah guy makes me ROFL whenever i see him..

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Smitha said...

Hey Varshu,
Get well soon. Guess the Dominos pasta got u going.
That pulao reminds me 100% of the recipe my MIL makes. Extremely yummy. But she does not grind the whole spice and onion.
I can nearly smell the warm pulao my looking at ur pic :)

vidhas said...

Wow!! Pulav looks yum and mouthwatering. Looks tempeting, flavoured pulav.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Delicious Pulao recipe Varsha. Thanks for sharing ur secrets to make this yummy pulao. I make it that way, except grinding the spices...Thats a notable point:) I wont have patience to sort them out while I start enjoying pulao:)

priar's, said...

Hi varsha,
remember me...after a long time 'm visiting ur blog...hmmm...had good pasta:)...evry time i start with making pulav after tasting ... ending up with ok comment from my DH..wanted to try urs...

Sanghi said...

This is definitely new version for me.. true far better than restaurants..! Thanks for sharing dear!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks fantastic. Very nice click.

sangeeta said...

this version is an absolute favorite of my husband...but there is one problem.....he likes it minty n smelling of ghee and i like it hot n spicy with a hint of mint.....can you believe whenever i make it i have to make it separately for both of us...he says the extra spice kills the flavor n it is just a bland pulav without the spiciness for me.......:):)

and Varsha...whenever you find mint on sale or you have extra otherwise, dry it n powder it ....keeps well in an airtight container for a year in the fridge n for about 3 months outside....fit for this pulav or any biryani or even the raitas....

Subhie Arun said...

hmm..tat is wonderful treat yar..i lov veggie pulao too...and i like vare vah..sanjay's recipes..have tried some...urs click r too perfect n very tempting!!

Ammu said...

Delicious pulav. Looks great.

notyet100 said...

yummy pulav,..even i luv one pot meals at times whn i don feel like cooking...

Priti said...

Looks delicious and nice click

Muneeba said...

Varsha, u've got to send some of the gorgeous pulao my way! Looks like awesome comfort food to me :)

Yasmeen said...

Veggelicious Spicy Pulao!,I make similar pulao ,we call it Yakhni pulav(made usually with meat) :D.

Varsha Vipins said...

Thankyou Thankyou dear friends..:)..All of you lemme know how it turned out..k? :)
hugs

നിലാവ് said...

Hey Varsha, tried your pulav recipe last weekend and it was so yummy as you promised. Thank you for the recipe.

Cheers

Valarmathi said...

Yummy pulao. Looks tempting.

Anonymous said...

HEY varsha, tried tis out today and it turned out really gud
Zeb

Varsha Vipins said...

Thanx friends..glad you liked..:)..

Usha said...

Wow the pulao looks fantastic, I am sure it tasted better than restaurants...:-)

anubhavati said...

Hi Varsha,

First tme on your site and I really liked the look and feel. Will come back more often. Kasuri Methi is an absolute favourite of mine as it adds an aroma and flavour bey ond compare...You put in all the best ingredients and hey, its has to be awesome!!!
Shobha

Jayashree said...

I haven't tasted the coconut-ified pulao in Kerala....maybe 'coz I'd always order fried rice at restaurants.

gulnaaz said...

My god!it luks wonderful!I will try it for sure!and plz varsha tell how to serve food on plantain leaf and wat curries and stuff should be used!give their recipes also!

Varsha Vipins said...

Hey Gulnaaz thanks..:)..I have one post exactly for your query..:)
http://varshaspaceblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/onasadya-onam-feast-for-you.html
Hope this helps..:)

 
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