My little one is keeping me busy with her sommersaults…..but that’s not an excuse to vanish from my blog….things are just running bit fast and i find it difficult to manage yet times…..i know now you will all say it’s just a moment of time and it will pass on….hang over there…..i am doing the same…taking everything as it comes…..slowly getting adjusted to sleepless night and day full work….you know i am loving it….:-)
But my mornings are still like a movie in fast forward mode. I always felt two more hands would have worked wonders…..but GOD created us with two hands and multi funtioning brain. When someone said cooking isn’t a rocket science…i think it’s somewhere a science, maths and law with little management involved….a whole new subject according to me….will discuss more on this some other time.
When life is on crazy run and you want to pamper yourself royally…things like ready made spice powders, pastes and chopped vegetables (ha….now we are getting trimmed and chopped mixed vegetables neatly packed in any super market) come really handy to quick fix a meal. Coming to the recipe this a one pot meal, easy when things are handy and breezy when you are lazy to cook elobrate. Scroll down to check simple and srcumptious rice vegetable pilaf…..
- 2 cups chopped Mixed Vegetables (Carrots, Potatoes, Capsicum, French Beans, Green Peas, Sweet Corn)
- 2 cups Rice, washed and soaked for 5 min
- 1 Onion, sliced
- 2 medium Tomatoes, chopped
- 2 Green chilies, slit length-wise
- 1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
- 1 Bay leaf
- 2 Cardamoms,
- 1 1″ inch piece of Cinnamon
- 2 Cloves
- 2 tbsp Everest Shahi Biryani Masala
- 2 tbsp lukewarm Milk
- a pinch of Kesar/Saffron
- 3 tbsp fresh Coriander leaves, minced
- 2 tbsp Mint leaves, minced
- Soak Saffron in lukewarm milk and set aside.
- In a heavy bottom cooking vessel, add oil and when oil gets heated up add bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves. Add sliced onions and fry till translucent. Now add ginger-garlic paste and fry for 1 minute.
- Then add chopped mixed vegetables and cook for 2-3 mintues or until raw smell of vegetables disappear. Now add chopped tomatoes and green chilies. Fry till tomatoes are soft.
- Now add shahi biryani masala and give the vegetables a gentle stir. Now add soaked rice, salt and give gentle stir.
- Add water and cook till rice is half done. Now add soaked saffron strands and minced coriander and mint leaves.
- Give another gentle stir and cook covered with a lid by placing a heavy weight on top of lid.
- Cook on low flame till the rice is completely cooked. Serve with dalcha, dahi ki chutney (onion raita) and papad.
- Last but not least add your ‘love’ to make the dish ‘YUMMY’.
NOTE: I used for 5 cups of water to cook 2 cups of rice. Adjust this according to your need.
- You can use your choice of vegetables. I always trim, chop and store my vegetables in zip lock bag a day ahead.
- I liked to chop my veggies into small cubes in pulao.
- You can also use fresh ground whole spices/garam masala instead of shahi biryani masala.
- You can also add soya chunks or deep fried bread pieces.
- You can even add sprouts.
- Golden fried raisins, cashews and almond flakes impart richess in pulao.
- You can also add vegetable stock or chicken stock instead of water to enhance the taste of the recipe.
PRESSURE COOKER METHOD:
You can also make this in pressure cooker. Fry out the spices in oil, add onions and fry, now add mixed vegetables, salt and shahi biryani masala. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped tomaotes and ginger-garlic paste and fry till tomaotes are soft. Now add soaked rice, water along with soaked saffron, minced coriander and mint leaves. Cook for 2-3 whistles or till rice is completely done.
POMEGRANATE SALAD – SUMMER TIME:
Summers make you stand out of the kitchen and thinking of making a snack sometimes make me run from my kitchen. To satisfy that peckish carving in the evening, a simple pom salad works wonders. Just a drizzle of lemon juice, salt and pepper on fresh pom seeds turn them into a satisfying salad. Try it…you will love it….
SPECIAL THANKS: When i was making this post, Prathibha pinged me in gtalk and asked me, any new posts, i said i am just about to post and uploading pictures in flickr, she bumped into my flickr account and checked on photos and gave a good review……after a long i received a appreciation for my food picture from my best critic…muaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh…….love you….happy that u liked them….dhanyawadamylu Prathibha.