Feeling lazy to cook? Still want to have a great food that is filling and healthy? Here's a wonderful recipe for mixed vegetable pulao using MTR pulao masala powder.
This is my entry to Think Spice roundup for Star Anise hosted by Sunita of Sunita's world. I prepared this pulao in my prestige handi pressure cooker, which is basically a pressure pan that's all non stick in the inside.
This pulao can be prepared in microwave using microwave rice cooker or a traditional heavy bottomed kadai, which has a lid or in an electric rice cooker.
Basmathi rice - 1 cup (long grain rice)
Water - 2 cups Mixed vegetables - 1 cup - carrot, beans, peas, corn etc (I used 1 cup of mixed vegetable frozen which has carrots, peas, beans, lima beans and corn)
Onion - 1 large - chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 1 teaspoon (optional)
Oil for seasoning
Star Anise - 3 (optional)
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon (jeeragam)
Fennel seeds - 1 teaspoon (sombu)
MTR pulao masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt as required
Heat oil in a pressure pan. Add cumin, star anise, fennel and the chopped onions.
Fry for a minute. Add the Ginger garlic paste. When the onions turn translucent, add the mixed vegetables, MTR pulao masala powder. Stir and add Salt as required.
When the content heats up, add Basmathi rice. Mix well.
When the content heats up again, add 2 cups water.
Pressure cook for 10 minutes.
(Note: If using the electric cooking range, remove the cooker from there as the place will still be hot. If using microwave rice cooker, transfer the content to the rice cooker and microwave high for 20 minutes. If using electric rice cooker, transfer the content to the rice cooker and cook. If using a traditional heavy bottomed wide pan, close the lid and cook, stirring occationally.)
Serve hot with raita or chips or enjoy as is.