Thursday, August 9

Vegetable pulav/biryani

You can call this however u want ... biryani or pulav. Generally they say there is a difference in making biriyani and pulav. My recipe is close to pulav where rice , masala and veggies are cooked together, but I call this as biryani.

This is my entry to 'JFI Rice', started by Indira of Mahanandi and hosted by 'Sharmi of Neiveidyam'.
Basmati rice is a very special type of aromatic rice known world over for their extra long grains, and pleasant and distinct aroma. Traditional Basmati rice is not only in great demand in the domestic markets, but is also seen in the menu of connoisseurs worldwide creating a staggering billion-dollar export market.
Read abt the food facts of Basmati rice here
Ingredients

Basmati rice-2 cups
onions- 1 medium cut into long strips
green chillies- 6 cut into slits
Tomato- 1 medium chopped finely
ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
coriander + mint - a few chopped finely
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
chilli powder- 1/2 tsp or acc to taste
Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
salt to taste
Lemon juice- 1/2 tsp
coconut milk- 3/4 cup if fresh(if using canned milk,take 1/2 cup of milk and mix 1/4 cup water)
mixed vegetables(Beans,carrot,peas,potatoes,cauliflower)- each 1/2 cup chopped
oil+ ghee- 3 tbsp
For seasoning
Bay leaves- 2
cinnamon- 1 piece
cloves- 4
Cardomom- 2
Saunf- 1/2 tsp
Star Anise- 1

Method

Soak rice in water for 15 mins ,drain it well and microwave it with a tsp of oil for 2 mins. keep aside .
Heat oil+ghee in a pressure cooker and when hot add the seasonings . Add onions and green chillies and fry for few minutes till the onions become transparent. Now add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell disappears and add tomato and fry for sometime.
Then add the washed and chopped vegetables, turmeric powder and salt. Fry for some time and add chilli powder, garam masala powder and coriander+ mint. Saute for a minute and add the coconut milk+3 cups of water(I add slightly less water than the 1:2 ratio.)
When the water boils add the rice and lemon juice. mix well, check for salt and close with a lid. Simmer for 5 minutes after the 1st whistle.
Serve hot with Raita.

30 comments:

Asha said...

Looks like Coorgi veg. Pulao I know and love!:)
Delicious and a great entry.If you use the cooker,it is a quick meal indeed.Good one Prema.

Vanamala said...

Prema

2days back i have posted veg biryani in my blog. yours is completely different method. will tryout sometime. ur kind of ingredients.

Sharmi said...

Beautiful looking veg biryani! thanks for the delicious visual treat and entry.

Jyothi said...

Hi Prema! veg biryani looks wonderful. Great recipe for great event. Just love it. Thanks for sharing your version dear.

sra said...

Oh, so you chose a classic! It looks yummy!

Padma said...

I love biryani/pulav eny which way cooked...great entry and nice tips on handling the basmati rice...thanks for sharing

Aruna said...

Prems, Veg Pulav is mouthwatering, an apt entry for JFI :-)

sunita said...

The pulav/biryani looks delicious...nice entry...

Raji said...

that pulav looks so neat and yummy
like the thought of u having coconut milk and lemon juice in it ;)

Raji said...

btw y do u microwave the soaked rice?

indosungod said...

I call it Vegetable Biryani too, looks delicious. Usually don't add coconut milk but that should make it a bit more rich.

Roopa said...

pulav looks great nice entry! adding of milk and coconut milk sounds interesting. looks great idea to cook the rice a little before pressure cooking with the rest of the veges. :) will try this next time!

Bharathy said...

Lovely looking biriyani.:)

I have tried making veg biriyani abroad.Do you really need to pressure cook?I was able to cook in direct "pan and flame",with 1:2 method

SeeC said...

Biryani looks delicious. Pressure cooking is quick isn't it.
Great entry

Mandira said...

the pulao looks delicious prema. I love to make it when I'm in a hurry, make a great complete meal.

Prema Sundar said...

Raji, soak the rice for 15 mins, drain the water completely and microwave it with a tsp of oil. I do this instead of frying it in oil. If u fry the rice it may break.thanks for pointing me out as I did not mention draining the rice... will do it now.

archana said...

Biryani looks good Prema :)This ia a nice entry.Out of rice preparations I like pulav and biryani the best:)

Hima said...

I love vegetable biryani and make it quite often. This can be another variation that I can try out. Thanks for sharing.

Saju said...

loveely looking pilau

Dee said...

I love this pulao, it used to be a sunday special at home when we were kids!

Sandeepa said...

Your veg viryani looks lovely. You know we never made Veg Biryani back home, Mutton biryani yes, but veg biryani...no.

The first time I had it was in my office canteen in B'lore. I think once or twice a week they would serve this with raita. I used to like it even though before that I didn't even know Biryani could be Veg. :)

Suma Gandlur said...

Great entry for JFI.

Bharathy said...

Prema you wont believe if I say this..:)..Me too almost drafted vegetable biriyani for JFI,seeing yours I shifted to ghee rice(yet to be posted)...This is really interesting...Even for JFI my first thinking was MILAGAI BAJJI!!!!Then feeling lazy I continued with ooruga which I made 4 days back!!!So great minds think....:)

heyitsme said...

Hi Prema,
I am a big fan of your blog.I am sure your recipes come out good even before trying it:)
I was looking for a good veg biryani recipe for a yr now and finally got it!!Its too good.My hubby liked it too.Now this is gonna be a regular at my home.Thanks.

swapna susarla said...

hi prema
pulao is looking tatsy!!

Richa said...

wow! biryani looks delicious, one of my very fav meals :)

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Ur veg biryani looks tempting Prema.....Good entry dear :-)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi ur vegee biryani rocks.... Looking great.....My fav....I also make it in the same way....

sra said...

Prema, please read my post on black rice, you may find something to interest you there, would have e-mailed but dunno your ID.

Tina said...

Hi Prema,
I've been thinking of emailing you for a long time. I just recently started cooking after my inlaws returned to India after visiting us. And thank goodness I found your website! Your directions and pictures are just perfect in helping a beginner like me, especially since the food ends up tasting like I'm an experienced chef! I tried your pulao this weekend when we had a guest over and I was initially scared about how it would be because it was my first time cooking. But my husband was very impressed at the results and the guest had lots of compliments. So thank you!!!