July 15, 2011

Shankar's Pulao

I guess, most of you reading this would know that it was my Birthday a couple of days ago .. Well, Shankar, surprised me with this Pulao for the Birthday lunch .. Hence, the name of this dish :-)

I was actually quite thrilled with the idea that He'd be cooking something. Since he is a novice, I wanted to give him instructions  lend a helping hand  But I was shooed away from the kitchen The only thing I did was, measure Basmati rice & soak it in water. I really don't know where he got this recipe from, but it was just fabulous ..

Shankar's Pulao

You Will Need:
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice - washed & soaked for about an hour
  • 2 carrots - diced
  • 1 large potato - diced
  • A handful of beans - chopped
  • 1/2 cup - cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam Masala
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tsp desi ghee
  • 2 tsp oil
  • fresh coriander for garnish
For the Paste:
  • 2 medium sized onions - roughly chopped
  • 1' cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 green cardamons
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1/4 tsp black peppercorns
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves
How To:
  • Heat oil a small pan, add all the ingredients mentioned in the 'Paste' list & fry until the onions are golden brown. Allow it to cool & grind into a smooth paste using very little water
  • Heat Ghee in a pressure cooker, add ginger-garlic paste. Add all the vegetables one by one. Add the ground paste, chilli poiwer & Garam Masala & mix well. Drain the soaked rice & add into the pressure cooker. Add salt & 1 1/2 cups of water. Add 2 tsp cooking oil. Stir well & check for salt again.
  • Close the lid & allow to to pressure cook for 1 whistle. Set aside to cool
  • Once the pressure is released, open the lid, Add lemon juice & chopped coriander & fluff gently with a fork.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl

Serve with any Raita of your choice .. Enjoi !!!

Shankar's Pulao 1

While, Shankar was at it, I was quite unhappy about the fact the he was frying up all the ingredients to make a paste. I told him, it wasn't necessary because the paste will anyways be sauteed before adding rice. Because of this, we actually had a mini fight in between :-)  But the end result was very good .. Frying up the spices before grinding does lend a unique taste .. Do not skip it, if you are going to be trying this ..

Anyways, I did have a Fab Birthday .. All of you, who stopped by to wish me, Thanks so much .. It really made my day :-)


Ramya Bala said...

Wow thats a awesome recipe from ur DH...ur rice recipes rock..I loveeeeeeed the bowl...

DEESHA said...

Thanks Ramya .. I bought that bowl from a handicraft exhibition

Prathibha said...

Bowl look superb and so is the pulav...Lucky you...lots of surprises on B'day...must b a memorable one right??

Shankar said...

Thanks deeps, but calling NOVICE didn't go well

Laavanya said...

A tasty gift indeed... pulao looks fabulous. I totally agree on the frying being grinding - do it all the time.
Belated birthday wishes!

Suma Gandlur said...

Pulao looks lovely!
Belated B'day wishes.

Paaka Shaale said...

The pulao looks delicious and so full of flavour!!! Are you sure Shankar is a novice?

DEESHA said...

@paaka shaale - he isn't a novice. It's just that he doesn't cook that often :)

Sheetal said...

wow! that looks yum!

Nithya said...

It would have been extra yummy since a lot of love would have been added too :)

Looks delicious :)

thekitchenaffaire said...

Wow.. so sweet of him yaar. What else can you ask for eh? :))) Well, gifts too ;)

Looks awesome.. :)

Madhura Manoj said...

Superb!! Pulao looks irresistible.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and colorful looking pulao.

Hamaree Rasoi

Akila said...

wow what a puloa... just love it....... its really a picture perfect...

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Nags said...

its such a welcome change when the menfolk cook, eh? i totally know what you mean. love the pics, the grains are well separated and the spice levels look perfect :)

Priti said...

This bday seems to be good for you Deeps ..wish you the year to be alike :) ....pulao looks perfect ...

Kurryleaves said...

looking delicious...lovely pics...

Madhavi said...

Pulao looks super, and love this bowl :)

Nupur said...

I love the idea of a special birthday meal made with love- belated Happy Birthday to you!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow pulao looks so falvourful n yummy too

Arch said...

Thats so sweet Deesha, am sure it totally made your day...Wish you happiness always...

M D said...

Woooh! I am all J now! I have been pushing my husband to enter kitchen atleast once to make a cuppa tea for me, but I don't see that happening even in the near future! Lucky you! That pulao looks tempting.