Thursday, February 17, 2011

Saffron Vegetable Pulao

When ever there is no time to cook elaborate lunch and kids are almost hungry what we do is, drop some ingredients in the cooker and make a pulao. That's what happens with me too but this time with saffron and nuts!


3 cups Biryani rice (Jeera samba rice)or Basmati rice
2 cups sliced onions
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
2 green chillies slit into two
2 tbsp ghee
2-3 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
4 green cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
1 big bay leaf
4-5 cloves
1/2 tsp garam masala
10-12 Saffron strands
10-12 mint leaves
2 tbsp cashew nuts
2 tsp raisins
1/2 cup peas
3 tbsp beans finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped vegetables of your choice like carrots or cauliflower
salt to taste
coriander leaves to garnish


In a pressure pan heat 2 tbsp oil. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter, add bayleaf,cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, cashew nuts, raisins and fry for 30 seconds or till you smell the aroma. To this add onions,green chillies, ginger-garlic paste and saute well for a minute. To this mixture add mint leaves, peas, beans, other vegetables of your choice, garam masala, salt and saute again. Wash the rice and add it to the pan. I used biryani rice which is found in the name of Jeeraga samba rice. If not basmati rice can be used. Saute the rice on medium flame along with all the vegetables for a minute. Now add 3 and half cups of water for biryani rice. For basmati rice 6 cups of water. Also add 2 tbsp ghee, saffron strands and pressure cook for 3 whistles. When the pressure is off, garnish the Pulao with fresh coriander leaves and serve with raita.

I have tried many recipes from Dear Rak's blog and here are some

Jangiri/ Imarti From Raks Kitchen

Rasmalai from Raks kitchen

Brinjal Chutney

Sending all Raks recipes to Blogger's Marathon event hosted by Jayasri


Indian Khana said...

Oh my can't stop drooling over all the dishes ...

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Tempting and perfect. Makes me hungry

Raks said...

Sharmi, thanks for sending those entries first of all :)

And pulav sounds good,I have tried saffron once in briyani and just added too much of it..this is just right,the colour says it :)

Laavanya said...

That looks so good and definitely easy :)

I've tried jangri from rak's kitchen too and loved it... Yummy entries.

Lakshmi ...Rasoi ki Malkin..northern and southern spices said...

Lovely dishes with awesome pix..

Unknown said...

the biryani looks just too tampting...I love raisins in biryani!

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy dishes and pictures

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

Your pulao looks warm and comforting--all the best with the marathon!

Chitra said...

Lovely entries for the event. saffron rice looks mouthwatering :)

Satya said...

hey sharmi, you are tempting me.. the pulav, jangri and others are so tempting.. I am drooling here at wrong time ;-)

Namitha said...

That looks beautiful. Love the saffron flavor :-) But never thought of adding it to a pulao,though I cannot think of Hyderabad biryani without saffron :-)

Unknown said...

yum, yum, yum, love the presentation, color and veggies in it :)

Unknown said...

Hi sharmi first time here, you have a lovely blog, and many thanks for sending all the entries dear will visit you visit my blog whenever you get time...

Smita P said...

tempting... yumm!!!