Thursday, 10 November 2011

Special Veg Pulao (Maami's Corner)

A quick method to make a tasty treat!

INGREDIENTS:
Basmati rice or any other aromatic rice: 2 cups.
Mixed vegetables: 2 cups (carrot, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, corn etc)
Paneer/cottage cheese: 100 g fried
Whole spices: a few (cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf)
Onions: 4
Curd: 1/2cup
Fresh cream: 1/2cup or milk
Garam masala: 1 tsp
Tomato puree: 1/2cup
Saffron: a few strands soaked in milk
Ghee: 1/2cup
Salt to taste

To make the masala paste:
Green chilli: 4
Garlic: 6
Ginger: a small piece
Coriander leaves: 1/2cup
Mint/pudina: 1/2cup

METHOD:

Grind the ingredients listed above in the masala paste.
In a pressure cooker, heat 2 tbsps ghee, add whole spices & rice (washed & drained).
 Fry till ghee coats each grain of rice. Add salt. Pour 1 cup water & cook for one whistle.
Open cooker immediately. (we need partially cooked rice)
In another pan, heat remaining ghee, add onions, fry brown. Remove some for garnish.
And add the ground paste.
Now add tomato puree, garam masala powder & vegatables.
Fry for 5 minutes & pour in the curd & cream. Mix well, add paneer & salt.
Layer the rice over this Korma. Cover with lid or foil.
Cook on low fire or bake it for 25 minutes.
Top with fried onions & serve with raita/salad.  

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