Its not always that we have the time and energy to prepare elaborate meals. One pot meal recipes come handy especially during lazy weekends. Not just that, such one pot meals are a welcome dish when you have a surprise guest.
This Vegetable pulao/pulav is made using store bought coconut milk. I have used a pressure pan to make this pulao. This can be prepared in an electric rice cooker as well. Its an easy and healthy lunch box recipe.
Here's the recipe.
Basmathi rice - white - 2 cups - Washed and kept aside. No need to soak.
Coconut milk - Store bought tetra pack - 1 (200 ml)
(I used dabur homemade coconut milk)
Onion - 2 medium - chopped
Carrot, Green peas, Green beans - together - 2 cups - carrot and beans diced.
Mint leaves - handful - washed and chopped roughly
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Ghee - 1 tablespoon
Green chilli - 1 or 2 - slit lengthwise ( adjust as per taste )
Bay leaf - 2
Jeera (cumin seeds) - 1 teaspoon
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tablesoon
Salt as required
Cinnamon bark - 2 inch
Cloves - 3 to 4
Marati moggu - 2
Anise - 2
Combine coconut milk and water so that the total quantity is exactly 4 cups.
Heat a tablespoon of oil in a Pressure pan or pressure cooker.
Add bay leaf, green chillie, jeera, cinnamon, cloves, marathi moggu, anise. When it sizzles, add onion.
When the onion is half cooked, add ginger garlic paste.
Fry for a minute and add mixed vegetables (carrot, beans and peas).
When the content heats up, add washed basmathi rice and fresh mint leaves.
Stir well and add diluted coconut milk.
Add salt to taste and when the content heats up, add a tablespoon of ghee.
If you are using a pressure cooker/pressure pan, cook for exactly two whistles and turn off heat promptly.
When the pressure releases, you can enjoy the delicious vegetable pulao with some potato chips.
If you are going to use an electric cooker (rice cooker), after adding ghee, transfer the content to the rice cooker and cook closed until done.
Garnishing the pulao with ghee fried cashewnuts is optional.