Simple Pulao | Pilav | Pilaf Rice – A vegetable Medley Indian rice

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Call it Pulav or Pilav Rice its the same.. No complications No jhat jhat… .Just as the name .. easy peesy. We had Chilli Soya ,Pulav Rice & raitha for dinner during the easter break for friends… I have learnt this recipe every since I have been a kid… All credits to my dear mommy for this one!!

Total time taken: 45 minutes

Serves 5

INGREDIENTS:

Basmati Rice
3 Cups
Carrots
2 No’s Medium sized
French Beans
Handful – About 8-10 No’s
Green Chillies (optional)
1
Green Peas
20 No’s
Ghee
3 Tbsp.
Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
1 Tsp
Black Cumin
1 Tsp
Salt
To Taste

Whole Spices | Garam Masala’s:
Bay Leaf
1 No’s
Cardamom
2 No’s
Cinnamon Stick
1″long
Black Cardamom
1Nos
Star Anise
1Nos
Cloves
6 No’s
Whole Black Pepper
5 No’s

Garnishing:
Chopped Coriander Leaves
2 Tbsp.
Cashew Nuts fried in ghee
10-12 No’s

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DIRECTIONS:
  • Wash Basmati rice under running tap water
    twice. Drain all the water and set the rice aside for 30 minutes.
  • In the meanwhile, dice the carrots and French beans.
    Prepare the garden peas by soaking them in water.
  • Heat ghee / knob of butter in a pan. Fry the
    cashewnuts in the lowest setting, turning either side until light brown.
    Drain them onto a kitchen towel.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp. ghee in a non-stick pan with a
    tightly fitted lid. Drop in Black Cumin Seeds & whole spices. Sauté
    for 2 minutes.
  • Add chopped vegetables, sliced green chillies,
    garden peas & sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the Basmati rice and sauté
    along the vegetables for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in 5 Cups of Water of boiled water from
    the kettle and adjust the salt. . Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice. Set
    the flame to medium.
  • Once the water from the pulav is nearly
    evaporated, cover, and then reduce the setting to lowest. Allow the rice
    to cook for 5 minutes and switch off the gas. Even if the gas is turned off,
    I would let the rice be covered for another 5 minutes. Rice cooks with the
    leftover steam. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and fried cashew nuts.
  • Fluffy vegetable rice is ready to be served
    along with Curry or a Raitha.

KITCHEN NOTES:

  • My mom would cook them all up in the  cooker.. and  I prefer the open pot.. 
  • Use 2 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter if Ghee is unavailable.
  • When I cook Rice for kids, I avoid adding the
    chilly.

  • Optional vegetables: Potatoes

 

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Comments (23)

  • I am reading this post with great hunger! Nice post . But do not publish blog at lunch times ! (Please remove word verification)

    Sri….

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  • thank u for ur prompt comment sri.. there are normally too many spam comments..thats why the word verification came into action.

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  • Looks simply delicious and lovely pics

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  • very quick simple and yummy dish

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  • I do it the same way without onion on vratham days, hope you had a great time during your brother's marriage. Wonderful dish and click

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  • welcome back sandhya.. Pulao looks mouthwatering & colorful.I too make it the same way 🙂

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  • Nice to see you back… welcome 🙂

    Awesome snap … and quite simple and easy way of preparing Pulao 🙂

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  • Welcome back Sandhya! Pulao looks mouthwatering and I loved the 2nd click!

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  • Hey Sandhya, missed you. welcomeback. Glad that you had a wonderful time in India!
    Pulav looks grand and you call this simple…

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  • Jst posted veg pulav….urs look very tasty!

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  • sandhya
    hope u had a wonderful time ..
    welcome back..this pulav looks so deliicous.really yum with chilli soy.. i always love to have it with simle raitha..

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  • Pulav looks mouthwatering and I loved the 2nd click!

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  • simple & delicious dish.

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  • Welcome back dear 🙂
    Pulao looks delicious and so inviting 🙂

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  • tempting inviting and yummy delicious pulav.

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  • Delicious and colorful pulav, love the orange, green combo.Looks too good Sandhya..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  • Welcome back dear!
    That's a nice pulav, there.
    I love the pulav varieties for their easy preparation ; yet so rich. Ideal for a quick lunch box too.
    BTW, I am also back with blogging.
    Let's rock!
    I am waiting for ur full flow of recipes.
    I really wish we lived close by treating each other with both north indian and our authentic iyer recipes 😀 Hope we do get a chance sometime.

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  • lovely meal..pulao looks yumm..

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  • lovely pulao sandhya.Welcome back .soon expecting more intersting recipes from u.

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  • welcome after the vaccation..tak ur time to unpack ( its not at all easy) and get into active blogging

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  • Looks too good:)

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  • delicious pulao and great clicks.

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  • Dear sandhya
    I can access and coment here too…I have only IE browser now..will try other when I am back home on 9th July.
    Cheers

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