October 10, 2011

Beetroot Pulao

Pulao is a very favorite dish among young and old as it works as a quite fulfilling one pot meal.  Yesterday I made this Beetroot Pulao for dinner and dal makhani(without the makhan).  The pulao is quite a simple dish using chopped beetroots instead of the regular carrots and the rest being the same.

Ingredients for the pulao are as follows

1 cup basmati rice soaked for about 20 minutes
a handful of chopped beetroot and potatoes
a handful of frozen beans and peas
1/2 a small onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic, 1 long green chili and 1 inch piece ginger all finely chopped
4 cloves, small piece of cinnamon and a pinch of elaichi powder
cumin seeds for seasoning

Take 3 tsp of oil and splutter the cumin seeds when it is hot.  Add all the whole masalas and immediately add the onions.  Saute them for a couple of minutes and add the chopped ginger, garlic and green chili.  Follow it with the drained rice and fry till you get the aroma.  Add all the vegetables and stir for about 5 minutes.  Add water in the ratio of 1:2 and let it come to boiling.   Lower the heat, add the required salt, stir and cook on low flame till all the water is gone.  Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.