What is the difference between a Pulav (pilav in the UK) or a Biryani? Try this recipe and you will know! This vegetable pulav tastes so much better, that you will hesitate to order once again when you eat out. The beauty of cooking the vegetable pulav at home is you can control the flavours and what vegetables to go in so that it results in your favourite dish of the week. Since you can also use the frozen veggies from the freezer, it is even easier and convenient to plan and cook as it suits you.
Essentially the vegetable pulav is the healthier version of what you order in a takeaway or restaurant (known as pilav rice). Always use matured and fine quality basmati rice that will produce a sumptuous rice dish. Pure ghee is used to cook this vegetable pulav to take it to new heights of extravagance. Cooking on a special day like anniversary or Valentines Day? Then add the most expensive spice saffron, you score the highest points for sure in luring the other half!
Vegetable Pulav Recipe
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3 cups of rice, boiled, preferably aged basmati rice
A bunch of coriander leaves.
3-4 green chillies.
2 tsp of coconut, shredded
3 medium onions,sliced fine
1/2 an onion, chopped
A few sticks of cinnamon
A few cardamom seeds
a few cloves.
1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
Salt to taste
2 flakes garlic
1 inch piece ginger
Ghee or melted butter for frying.
1 cup of cauliflower florets.
Some mixed frozen vegetables like beans, carrots and green peas.
3 tbsp ghee(clarified butter
Grind together the 1/2 onion, coconut, garlic, ginger and coriander in the blender, to make a smooth paste. Keep aside.
Fry the onions in ghee or melted butter. Also add the cloves, cinnamon and cardamom.
When onions are browned properly, add the red chilli powder and fry for 30-45 seconds.
Now add all the vegetables,including the cauliflower and sprinkle some water on it.
Keep covered and cook on a low flame till the vegetables are cooked. This might take approximately 15-20 minutes.
Keep sprinkling water periodically to speeden up the process, but do not add excess water as it will ruin the pulao.
When the vegetables are done, transfer the vegetables to a big mixing dish, add all the boiled rice, salt to taste and the blended masala.
Mix thoroughly and then heat it either in a microwave or on low heat on the cooking range.It is heated again to let the salt spread across the dish.
Serve with Raita.
Although fresh vegetables are advised for better taste, you may use frozen ones for your convenience.