July 14, 2009

Shahi Pulao

Yours Truly turned an year older yesterday .. Older but definitely NOT wiser :) Well well, this is the perfect time to post my favorite Pulao recipe of all times ..

As a kid, I would demand that my mom made this Pulao for every birthday of mine .. And, whenever my mom makes this one, she makes sure that it suffices for my breakfast, lunch & dinner.

I literally grew up eating this version of Pulao & I love it .. Thanks Mom for making this one, everytime I asked for it .. Love Ya ..


You Will Need:
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 2 onions - sliced lengthwise
  • 2 carrots - sliced lengthwise
  • 2 potatoes - sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup green peas - fresh/frozen
  • 1 green bell pepper - sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp Desi Ghee
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 5-10 cashewnuts

To Grind:

  • 3 tbsp grated coconut - fresh
  • A handful of mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 garlic pods - optional
  • 3 tsp grated ginger
  • 8 green chillies - low to medium spiced

Method

  • Clean Basmati Rice in several changes of water & soak in water for 15 mins. Pressure cook rice with 1 cup water, such that each grain is separate. Once cooked, spread it on a plate & allow it to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, grind all the ingredients mentioned in the list adding a tbsp of water, into a smooth paste
  • Heat Desi ghee in a wok, Add cumin seeds & allow them to sizzle. Add bay leaves & onion & fry until they turn pink.
  • Add carrots, potatoes & french beans & add a tsp of salt & fry at regular intervals. Add some more oil to fry.
  • Once the vegetables are half cooked, add bell peppers & green peas & the ground paste & fry until the vegetables are completely cooked, yet crunchy. The raw smell of the ground paste should have disappeared by now.
  • Add cooked rice, Garam Masala & lemon juice. Check for salt & mix well on low flame.
  • Close the lid & let it stand on low flame for a couple of mins
  • Garnish with toasted cashewnuts.

Transfer into a bowl & serve warm with any Raita of your choice .. Enjoi !!!

NOTE: DO NOT ever skip adding poppy seeds as the pulao acquires a special taste due to the addition poppy seeds.

54 comments:

Laavanya said...

That's a different masala for sure - no wonder you loved it and Happy Birthday!

Ann said...

What a lovely picture. sOO tempting

rekhas kitchen said...

ummmm I can smell the flavor from here Deesha looks great and beautiful pic.

kittymatti said...

Belated birthday wishes!pulav looks extremely appetizing!

Nithya said...

Pulav looks yummmmmmmmmmm :)

lata raja said...

I use somewhat the same ingredients for the masala,sans the mint. Now shall try with the mint.Great picture too.

Padma said...

My B'day wishes to you Deesha... and your pulav looks yumm...

Mangala Bhat said...

Pulao looks soo inviting ..Nice foto there

Preety said...

happy birthday.........

pulao looks so amazing love the pictures..

Divya Vikram said...

Pulao looks too good! Packed with healthy veggies.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

this is awesome Deeshaaa... i make in a different way..bt i understood this is better than my recipe..surely i will try this and upload it.. :)

Ramya said...

Belated birthday wishes deesha!!Pulao looks colorful..Nice click!!

Pavithra said...

Wow thats looking yummy and colorful dear.. Belated wishes to deesha

ARUNA said...

lovely click Deesha.....shahi pulao is yumm!!!!

LG said...

Pulav looks yummy Deesha. Belated birthday wishes to your hubby.

Sweta said...

What a shahi treat for a shahi occasion-belated b'day wishes!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

The grinding part sounds so spicy! Love it:)

Kalyani said...

the picture so tempting & beautiful ... love the pulao ......

Sush said...

Belated birthday wishes Deesha.
Shahi pulao looks yummy & a very nice click.

Valarmathi said...

Wow yummy pulav. Nice click. Looks so tempting and yummy. Happy Birthday.

Prathibha said...

Belated Birthday wishes Deesha...That pulav look so yummy.....

veggie belly said...

I'm so glad you posted this...I was at the Indian store just last week looking for shahi pulao masala!

Happy Birthday!

jayasree said...

Belated B'day wishes. Pulao looks delicious. Lovely click. Sounds easy to put together and yet very falvorful. Thanks for sharing your b'day spl.

K said...

Belated wishes for your b'day! shahi pulao looks delicious

Preeti Singh said...

sahi pulav looks tempting dear...nice click...belated happy b'day ....

Priti said...

Pulav looks awesome..nice click ...Convey the Bday wishes :)

Sanghi said...

Belated birthday wishes.. this is really delicious and tempting click!

Bergamot said...

Looks delicious...the picture is really nice.

Smitha said...

Belated birthday wishes... The write up sounded just like me... I did insist my mom make cauldron full of Pulav and of course i was always sore to know we have demolished it all during the preceding 3-4 meals.. I did still want more. You know what I used to start eating pulav well before mom put it on the table :) 'taste madtini kodi', 'uppu sarigidiya nodtini kodi' was my refrain and of course enjoyed every bit of it.. I wonder where that voracious appetite disappered :)
By the way the pulav looks absolutely inviting, may be I will dish it up this very evening.

peanutts said...

Hi, I am new, but your pulau looks really lovely, have a feeling my 2 year old will enjoy it :)

Vanamala said...

Nice pic..looks yum

Vani said...

Looks so good! Happy belated b' day

raaji said...

hey belaed b'day wishes.......
pulao looks so refreshing...i guess it would have tasted sooooo good

farida said...

Happy B-day to you! Your pilau looks delicious. NO wonder you demanded it from your mom on BDays:)

aquadaze said...

belated b'day wishes! The pulao sounds absolutely yum.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

happy bday. perfect royal dish for the occassion...

Red Chillies said...

Belated birthday wishes Deesha. Looks yummy and tasty.

vidhas said...

Belated Birthday wishes Deesha, Puloa sounds great. It is new to me and surely going to try. Awesome Click, picture is so tempting.

Curry Leaf said...

Belated BDay wishes.Love the pulao esp the masala.I too add poppyseeds to my pulao .delicious

Rajitha said...

Belated birthday wishes, and the preparation of teh pulao is new..will be trying this soon

Nags said...

congrats!! :) that's a pretty pic with the star anise on top.

Suparna said...

hi Deesha,
Belated B'day wishes to u!!
Soryy I missed so many of ur posts just scrolled through most of them aiyo!!! I missed wishing u on the 1st blog anniversary!!! sorry ....please accept my heartiest congratulations on completing 1 year of blogging!!
Wishing u lot many milestones to achieve :)
I'd love to have breakfast with u ;) ur breakfast plate and cup of tea look so good!! hmmm..and the masala toast...I miss it so dearly :)nevertheless shall make it sometime soon!!
And wooooooooooo! I love the look of this pulao deesha...I never make a masala for pulao .....this is the typical kannada cuisine looks like one of my friends used to get this kind of ground masala pulaos in her tiffin and I use to hog it endlessly...Thanks to u and ur mom for sharing the recipe!!
I PROMISE I'LL be a regular henceforth :)
God Bless!!

Sharmila said...

A belated happy b'day girl! :-)
Love the look of that pulao. :-)

Suma Rajesh said...

what a lovly look of pulav...nice click too..

Yasmeen said...

Happy birthday dear! the star studded veggie pulao sounds perfect to celebrate the special occasion :D

meeso said...

Your pic is great, really shows off the dish!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Belated wishes dear.....sorry for wishing late....i don't know how i skipped it....any how...how did u celebrate..haaa where is my fair share of cake? Pulao looks delectable.......really shahi with all those aromatic spices....

Parita said...

Belated Happy Birthday Deesha...thats gorgeous looking pulav, truly stands to its name!

Chef Jeena said...

Looks so tempting and tasty Deesha.

Nithya Praveen said...

My fav one....i usually grind alot of mint and cilantro together with the same masala ingredients....hence end up with a green Pulao.Urs looks so wonderful.Nice click too.

Usha said...

Belated Birthday wishes to you ! The pulao looks fantastic !

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

very colorful and inviting!

Sarmila said...

your blog is very good,
am very much impressed

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I'm quite new to cooking and tried this pulao recipe recently.
It turned out great! Thanks to you :-)