Monday, January 2, 2012

Vegetable briyani / pulao

Hello Friends....

This is a simple, easy and less time consuming yet very tasty recipe. In vegetable briyani / pulao you can use vegetables like potato, carrot, beans, soya chunks, cauliflower, green peas, etc.,
Feeling yummy already? Well here is the recipe. Always keep Briyani / Pulao masala handy. I used potatoes, cauliflower and green peas in the attached photograph.

Now, chop the vegetable you have got. If you have soya chunks then soak it for a while in water and squeeze out the water after 15 minutes. Also chop a small onion, green chillis and a tomato (all 3 are optional). Keep ready - ginger-garlic paste, coriander leaves, lemon, briyani and garam masala ready along with turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt which are mandatory. Wash the needed quantity rice, strain the water and keep it aside.

Now, heat the cooker and add oil with a spoonful of dalda/ghee if available. when it melts add mustard seeds, and when it splitters add onions, green chillis and g-g paste. Mix well and add coriander powder, turmeric powder, chilli powder (as per requirement), mix well and add the tomatoes, veggies and chunks. While continuously stirring the ingredients in the cooker, add salt, briyani masala and a little garam masala. After 2 minutes add the washed rice and cook along other ingredients for 5 minutes, so that the masala is mixed well and the rice is fried a little in the oil. Then add water to it. According to my calculation, water should be till one inch above the rice and the other ingredients. Mix once and taste the water if we can feel the taste of salt. If yes you are good to go, close the cooker lid. Else, add little more salt and close the lid. Wait for 3-4 whistles which indicates that the Briyani / Pulao is done. Congrats !

Now, when you open the cooker lid once all the steam is out, add chopped coriander leaves and squeeze half a lemon and mix the whole rice so that lemon juice is mixed all over to give you the best taste.
Happy Eating....!

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