April 25, 2012

Mixed Vegetable Pulao in Pumpkin Masala

Here I am attempting this pulao for the first time.  This is a preparation that I cam up on my own.

4 ounces cubed pumpkin pieces(or butternut squash which is what I used)
1/2 cup each of chopped carrots, peas, capsicum and potato
1 cup basmati rice
4-5 cloves of garlic
2-3 green chillies
1/8tsp red chilli powder(optional)
1.5 inch ginger piece
few coriander leaves
cumin seeds
salt to taste
1 tsp pav bhaji powder( or more according to taste)

Puree the pumpkin  with ginger, green chillies, garlic and coriander leaves.  Soak the rice for 1/2 hr and then drain.  Roast the rice in little ghee or oil until you get a nice aroma.  Take a tbsp of oil, splutter the cumin and add the puree.  Let this fry for about 2 minutes.  Add the vegetables, salt and chilli powder and stir this again 2 more minutes.  Add 1and 3/4cups to 2 cups of water and let this come to a boil.  Let it boil for almost five minutes.  Transfer this to a vessel and pressure cook this for 15 minutes or upto 3 whistles.

You have some nice, yummy and colorful pulao ready!!!

PS: You can reduce the amount of pumpkin if you do not prefer the overpowering taste and smell of the pumpkin

This preparation goes to my own event "Cooking For Kids - Pumpkin/Squash" which I am guest hosting for Kalyani.