Vegetable Pulao

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What to cook today ? It’s a half day for kids and they will be back home at lunch time. Not in a mood to cook traditional rice,dal and sabzi. Why not make a veg pulao which is cooked in mild spices and healthy veggies? So, i decided to cook veg pulao . Needless to say, kids loved it as i was expecting! 🙂

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Ingredients
Basmati rice – 2 cups
water – 3 3/4 cups
green peas – 1 cup
carrots chopped – 1 cup
beans chopped – 1 cup
potato- i big ( cut into big pieces)
mint leaves- 1/2 bunch
coriander leaves -1/2 bunch
green chillies- 3 to 4
red chilly pdr – 1 tsp
curd/yogurt – 1 cup ( Not sour)
ghee/oil- 5 tbsp
ginger garlic pate- 1 tbsp
For garam masala
Pepper corns – 2
green Cardamom – 4
black cardamom – 2
Cloves – 5
Cinnamon – 1.5 inch stick
Method
1. Dry roast all the whole gram masalas on a heated pan.Grind them in a mixie to a fine powder. (You may use ready made pulao masala also instead of this step.)
2. Soak rice in the vessel in which you need to make the pulao .( 2 CUPS RICE IN 3 3/4 CUPS WATER)
3.Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add the chopped onions ,bay leaves and saute for 3 minutes.Add the ginger -garlic-green chilly paste and saute for 2 minutes. Add the yogurt now.Add the chopped veggies to it along wit salt and 1/2 a cup of water. . Saute for 2 minute.Do not cook the veggies too much here as it will be cooked again along with rice.When the vegetables are mixed well, add the ground mint and coriander leaves and stir fry till the raw smell vanishes.You may add the red chilli pdr and the ground garam masala pdr now and saute well.
4. Add this veggie along with masala into the soaked rice.Check the salt and balance it according to your taste.Cover and cook on high flame for 3 to 4 minutes followed by 15 minutes of cooking on low flame.Your rice is ready.
5. Garnish with roasted cashewnuts and mint leaves.
Serve this hot with any cool raita! Enjoy!

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