Friday, February 21, 2014

Vegetable Pulao (Tahri)

This is the first post in the quick recipes section. This is my mum's recipe :)

Vegetable Pulao (Tahri) is something I have been eating since I am a child. We preferred pulao whenever it was a holiday so that we could enjoy it hot. I think there was a time when we had it every friday as that was a day off for my paternal uncle.

Pulao is a simpler version of biryani. You can make it for dinner after coming back from office and eat it hot with some curd, pickle or papad. You can reduce the number or quantities of vegetables put as per your liking/time available/exhaustion level.

A good tip to cook faster is to chop the vegetables while you cook. Like while frying onions you can chop the other vegetables. It's faster that way.

So let's start with the recipe.

I will post for two hungry people who have come home after working for the whole day in the office.

Vegetable Pulao
Serves 2
Level: Easy
Preparation & Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (you will need the ingredients in the order mentioned):
1. 2 tbsp oil/olive oil
2. 1 tsp cumin seeds
3. Whole Spices (1-2 clove, 1-2 black pepper corn, some bayleaf, 1 star anisse) - Optional

You can skip a few veggies or add more e.g. carrot etc. Even if I miss all, I don't miss the onions and tomatoes.
4. 1 red onion - chopped lengthwise
5. few cauliflower florets - broken/chopped into smaller florets
6. 1 chopped potato
7. 1-2 chopped tomatoes
8. 1 bowl green peas
9. 1 chopped green chili + chopped ginger

10. 1 tsp red chilli powder - As per taste, 1 tsp keeps it spicy
11. 1 tsp turmeric powder
12. 1 tbsp coriander powder
13. 1/2 tsp garam masala
14. 2-3 tsp salt - As per taste
15. 150 grams washed up/soaked up rice - fill up a small bowl, say a pudding bowl
16. water - Use the same utensil used for measuring rice and double the volume of rice is the volume of water you need
17. Chopped coriander - To garnish

1. Heat up a pressure cooker. Add oil to it.
2. Add cumin seeds and the whole spices.
3. Add onions when the cumin seeds brown up. Fry till translucent.
4. Add the rest of the vegetables. Let them cook for 2-3 minutes.
5. Add spices and mix well.
6. Add water & rice. Close the lid.
7. Switch off the gas after two whistles.
8. Let the steam settle in and then open the lid when there is no more steam inside. This will ensure that the pulao is cooked properly.
9. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.

We had it with pickle and curd. It was an absolutely homely, filling and mouth watering meal.

Let me know how it goes for you. Happy cooking :)

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