Mixed Vegetable Pulao(Pilaf/Pulav)

Rice blended with mixed vegetables and spices !

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Over the weekend, this is something that was prepared in a jiffy as I was not very keen on having to go out to eat. For me pulav is an easy and simple way of cooking up a lunch or dinner and have a good nutrition value attached to it. One of  my acquaintances  saw a picture on one of my recipe posts and said that I have been preparing special dishes such as pulav. Hmm, but for me pulav is not a special occasion dish, but rather a quick one pot meal and great way of having daily servings of fruits and vegetables. “Did I say five”, yes!, research and dietary guidelines recommend  that we should  have an intake of atleast five servings of fruits and vegetables on daily basis.
Apart from soups, this is one dish that I prefer with lot of mixed veggies. So here is the recipe for the mixed vegetable pulao/pilaf. Other then the veggies mentioned here, one can go ahead and use any other that will be available! Serve the pilaf with raita or dal or any spicy curry.

1 cup basmati rice
3 cups mixed veggies (cauliflower(florets), potato(cubed), peas(frozen), carrots (grated), green beans (chopped))
2 tbsp oil or ghee
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp coriander powder
5 – 6 green cardamom, slightly cracked
5 – 6 cloves (long, lavang)
7 – 8 peppercorns
2 in cinnamon, broken
1 bay leaf
1 jalapeno pepper,sliced (or2 –3 green chilies)
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 3/4 - 2  cups water, (hot/boiling) 

salt to taste
Dry fruits for garnish (Optional)

Preparation Method:
1. Wash and soak the rice for 15 – 20 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside or drain when at step 7.
2. Heat oil or ghee in a deep and heavy bottom vessel.
3. Add the whole spices (cardamom, cloves, pepper, cumin seeds, bay leaf) and saute.
4. Add the onions and fry till they are slightly brown.
5.Then add the sliced jalapeno pepper, ginger garlic paste and saute. Also add the coriander powder
6. Add the vegetables and sauté or roast for couple of minutes.
7. Then add the rice and sauté or fry for 5 more minutes.
8. Add water, salt and bring it to boil on high heat. Let it remain on high heat for few more minutes till you see lot of vapors.
9. Cover the lid, reduce the heat to low and let it cook.
10. Remove from heat and serve it with raita/dal/curry on the side 

Preparation Time: 20-25 mins
Serves: 2 - 3


Siddhi Shirsat said...

Hey m first one 2 comment:-))...Your pulao realy luks yummy.I just love this pulav, its realy a quick one pot dish.Specialy when one gets bored to cook some difficult recipe dish.

Priya Suresh said...

Pulao looks delicious and tempting...Mouthwatering dish!

Sanjana said...

Your rice looks beautiful- seperate grains always look and taste the best! I know I'd love this veggie rice!

Palidor said...

YUM! The rice looks super fluffy.

Sarah Naveen said...

Rice looks fabulously yummy!!!

Unknown said...

Looks gorgeous,healthy 2 and tempting click!!! Lovely presentation dear!

prasu said...

looks delicious dear...

Tina said...

Simply delicious and mouthwatering....

Sushma Mallya said...

easy & tasty...wonderful click and rice looks superb..

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

rice looks so yum.i too love to make this onepot meal. picture looks mouthwatering.

Suparna said...

hi I could agree on vat u've said for me too pulao is a quick and easy one pot meal rather than a food kept for special occassion :)
and why not frequently when it has all the veggies and richness all in one :)
Good one dear, beautiful looking pulao!!

Sunitha said...

oooh.. goodie goodie

Deepa G Joshi said...

Looks so tempting...yummy yummy..

Spice said...

Rice Pulav is always the first thing which comes to my mind when I don't have time to cook full elaborate dinner.nice pics....

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