Friday, 20 June 2008


This is another super fast yet easy recipe. When there is nothing in fridge and you don't feel like having heavy restraunt food this pulao comes to the rescue.

I cooked this in my heavy bottomed kadhai. Can be cooked in a pressure cooker too ... just take away from flame after 2 whistles and open immediately to avoid a sticky pulao.

Need :

1 cup rice ( washed and soaked ),
1/2 cup channa dal ( washed and soaked for half an hour ),
2 and 1/2 cups water,
whole garam masala (cloves, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, bay leaves),
1 tsp ghee,
1 sliced onion,
1 chopped tomato,
haldi / turmeric powder,
salt to taste, a pinch of sugar

I had one solitary capsicum ... so sliced and added it. If there are vegetables like green peas, carrots, cauliflower etc. , they can be added too.

How to :

Heat ghee in a kadhai. Add the whole garam masala and the sliced onions.

Fry for some time and add the rice , the dal and the tomato.

If there are vegetables add them now.

Add haldi powder, salt, sugar and fry for some more time.

Add water and cover and cook till rice is done.

The dal should not get sticky.

Serve hot with fresh curd and papad.

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