August 25, 2012

Moong Bean Pulao

 
There are some recipes that fall into your comfort zone. The recipes that you depend on when you don't want to spend too much time cooking yet you want something tasty & filling because you are hungry.

This Moong Bean Pulao falls into that category atleast for me. All because, it takes less than 30 mins to make this & there is not much prepping required other than chopping onions & tomatoes. And, for the little effort it takes, its absolutely tasty & healthy too. So that makes this a perfect weeknight dinner or even a lunch box option.
 
Since, I love different kinds of Pulao, Mom has been making this since the longest time I can remember & this is clearly one of my childhood favorites.
 
Moong Bean Pulao


You Will Need:
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1/2 cup Moong Beans
  • 2 big onions - chopped lengthwise
  • 2 ripe tomatoes - chopped
  • 3 green chillies - slit lengthwise
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kitchen king masala
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp desi ghee
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • fresh coriander for garnish

How To:

Soak Basmati rice in several changes of water until the water runs clear & soak in water for about 30 mins. This is optional though
 
While you are chopping onions & tomatoes, bring a pot of salted water to boil & add mung beans. Allow them to cook while you are busy with prepping.
 
In a pressure cooker, add a tsp of desi ghee & a tbsp oil. crackle cumin seeds. Add torn bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves & saute for a few seconds. Add chopped onions, ginger garlic paste and a little bit of salt & saute till the onions turn pink. Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder & saute until the tomatoes are nice & soft. This should take about 5 mins.
 
Drain the Basamti Rice & add them into the pressure cooker. Saute for a minute. Next, drain the moong beans & add them along with kitchen king masala. Give it a good stir. Add 1 1/2 cups of water & salt. bring it to a boil. close the lid & allow it to pressure cook for 1 whistle or 2 whistles depending on the type of pressure cooker you use.
 
Once the pressure is released, open the lid & allow it to cool a little, maybe for about 10 mins. Add lemon juice & chopped coriander & fluff with a fork. Serve with a raita of your choice. I usually serve this with a simple onion raita.
 
NOTE: If you have some time on hand, you can soak Moong Beans in water for about   30 - 45 mins. Then, you need not cook the moong beans as you are prepping. You can add the Moong Beans directly into the pressure cooker after adding  rice.

12 comments:

Veena Theagarajan said...

healthy and easy lunch box recipe

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Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

wow - what clicks...
I make this too, but doesnt look as colorful!
It is very yummy...

Prathibha said...

I also make it very much similar..sometimes I use sprouted moong and then I make like fried rice.

Madhavi said...

Tempting pulao..yumm..

Chitra said...

Healthy lunch box recipe. will try

ramya anand said...

Looks tempting!wud make a complete lunch with a simple raita!

Siri said...

that bowl of rice looks so appetizing and the ingredient list is simple too. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. :-)

Siri

runnergirlinthekitchen.blogspot.com said...

Simple, tasty and full of health!
Love the clicks!

shivkumar139 said...

This was really tasty that I packed this for my kids too. Have you tried this siding with a mango juice, may be Jumpin (my kids love it). The combination is awesome! I think you should give it a shot too, what say?! On that note, have you checked out the new video of Jumpin where 2 nanis are having a dance off? Its super funny.. Have a look.. http://bit.ly/jumpinNaniVsNaani

Laavanya said...

I've never tried making pulao with mung beans... that looks fabulous. bookmarking to try very soon.

Priya Sreeram said...

simple and good one ! nice pic

Manasi said...

I ma so making this over the weekend! I am going to make this my one pot meal with a delicious cooling raita :)
Thanks !