Friday, 7 January 2011

Spicy Vegetable Pulao

I love one pot meals.
Ones that are quick to make, not too much of a fuss, do not need too much of stirring or
constant attention.
And that go easy on my still weak hand.

Winter nights are perfect for such meals.
I tend to laze around these cold evenings , finish chores, or maybe part of a book.
And in no time it is dinner time.
Drag myself to the kitchen and stand thinking what to make ... especially if it is from scratch.

One good thing is thanks to winter, I have a lot of vegetables at hand.
Fresh vegetables.
And never hesitate to dunk in handfuls of them into whatever am making.
Last evening I faced the same predicament.
And felt like having something very spicy.
But not deep fried or oily.
So came up with this. Since it was spicy we paired with the soothing raita.

Need :
Rice - 1 cup
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Sliced onions
Chopped vegetables
( I used cauliflower, beans, mushrooms, baby corn, shelled fresh peas )
Haldi / Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Red chilli powder - to taste
Biryani masala powder - 1 tsp
Water - a little less than 2 cups
Kasuri methi ( dried fenugreek leaves ) - 1 tsp
Lemon - half a piece
Cooking Oil
Ghee / Clarified butter - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Sugar - to taste
( Can use tomatoes ... I did not have any )

How to :

Wash the rice and keep aside ( I do not soak it for a long time).
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed kadahi / deep wok.
Add the sliced onions and fry till translucent.
Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry well.
Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder and the kasuri methi.
Now add all the vegetables except the peas.
Fry well till vegetables are coated with the masala.
Now add the rice and give a few good stirs.
Add salt, sugar and the biryani masala.
Now add water, the peas, cover and cook till all water dries up.
Remove cover and give a stir.
Add the ghee. Squeeze in the lemon, give a stir and cover.
Switch off flame and let it stand for a while.

I made the raita by beating fresh curd / yogurt with salt.
And sprinkled some roasted and crushed jeera / cumin seeds and some red chilli flakes.

Serve hot with raita and salad.
Roasted papad and pickle also go great with this pulao.
Enjoy !!

Other One pot Pulaos on Kichu Khon


  1. dekhei jibhe jol asche...katto sobzi diecho...anek sobzi deoya spicy rice ahha sange sudhu ak bati doi...tao diecho. ebare tabe bosei pori khete.
    dhur swapne katto ki bolchi bolo.aj amar sukrobar, niramish. ei alu bhaja die ak bati muri khelam. akar jonno ranna korteo ichhe karena.

  2. Amio ei pulao ta khub banai, jakhan i hubby office party thake, takhan amar aar meyer janya eta quickly baniye pheli...amar khub favorite...tomake blog korte dekhe khub bhalo lagche, tomar hate kichu injury hoyechilo, kemon acho ekhon?

  3. Sayantani ... niramish? ... this is vegetarian too. Make some tonight. Aloo bhaja ... haven't eaten in a long time. :-)

    Indrani ... thanks ... am much better now. :-)

  4. Looks so so super good> Wish i had this for lunch now

  5. Rice looks great. This diah is great when entertaining too. I make a similar version but do not add the biryani powder. I must look for it in the Indian stores.

  6. I make pulao very often for dinner for same reasons. Easy, quick and one dish to clean! Though I have it often, a pulao picture never ceases to make my mouth water:).

  7. Very nice.. this method is new to me..will try :)

  8. Absolutely delicious rice with all masalas... divine.

  9. aamio banaabo re aaj, onek din pulao banaii nii, shudhu eyi jaa fresh veggies paabo naa..eyi taa kintu niramish noy, ete roshun aar peyaaj podechhe :-)
    aami last 6 months complete vegetarian diet follow korechhii, especially Mondays!
    so good to see you back to life Sharmi and doing things you love to do.

  10. I love these 1 pot meals too... My mom makes it with ginger garlic paste too... Tastes so good...

  11. This looks so great, Sharmila. Perfect for a cold winter day and healthy too with all the veggies thrown in. Raita diye khete khub bhalo lagbe. Jano ekhane babycorn pawa jaye na. :-(

  12. Lovely pot meals so convenient!

  13. Happy ... it's all yours. :-)

    Mina ... thanks. :-)

    Harini ... good point .. one dish to clean. :-)

    Chitra ... am sure you'll love it. :-)

    Pavithra ... thanks. :-)

    Joyee ... anything that does not have chicken/fish/eggs etc is niramish to me. :D

    Somoo ... I too like the flavour of garlic in this. :-)

    Pree ... koi maach pawa jaye ar baby corn pawa jaye na?! Unfair. :-)

    Valli ... thanks. :-)

  14. Sharmila,
    (with reference to Pree)..Koi Mach frozen paba jaye fresh noye :D..and believe me I just love one-pot meals especially eyi climate e eyikhane, sodhu brishti porche kaal thekhe and add to that cold and flu season..besh bhalo hoto judi kicho left-over pulao parcel ba DHL korte para jeto asap..hugs and smiles

  15. looks delicious!!!!!!!!!
    Thx. for sharing:)

  16. Looks perfect dear...amio almost ei bhabei banaye except ginger-garlic paste. and yes nothing else matches with this pulao except raita. Tobe ami Garlic flavor bhishon pochondo kori tai garlic tadka di raita. Glad to see you back dear.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  17. I am so glad you are back, I was missing you and your recipes.
    This is really good, and I bet it tastes awesome too, in fact, I am thinking what if I cook it for lunch today? I have all the ingredients at home!

  18. This is our quick fix too :-) I ma loving the fulkopi in your pulao. ami fulkopi diye konodin korini. sometimes i add chana dal or any cooked beans. This is probably what I am going to do for dinner is snowing here and am in no mood to spend too much time in the kitchen.

  19. Jaya ... don't get even frozen here. :-( Tai bollam.
    Flu theke shabdhane theko. :-)

    Aruna, Deepa ... thanks. :-)

    Aparna .. am glad to be back amongst you too. :-)

    Soma ... cauliflower ta amar hubby'r farmaish ... that too real big pieces. I pick them out. :-p
    Go ahead make some ... joto spicy toto bhalo. :-)

  20. lovely looking rice.. will try soon.. now that Delhi is shivering..brrr.. this will become quite handy..

  21. Hi..

    I am fasting today and making poha was not that desirable idea..

    Ur pulav minus onion garlic and addition of some veggies in hand will make a lovely and desirable meal ..

    Take care mam



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