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Saag Pulao

Saag Pulao

We went to blueberry picking, something I have been looking forward to do this summer.This way we are getting the freshest fruits at its peak, and nothing beats the flavor of a juicy, sun-ripened berries right off the plant, right?

We picked a pound of blueberries and 2 pints of blackberries. We probably should have gotten more, which I always think after buying the stuff and riding back home.We already ate half a pint of blueberries riding back home, and the rest, I think my going to make muffins and will also use in making smoothies. We loved the farm, it was so beautiful and scenic – covered in various fruits and vegetable gardens. Now I know from where to pick apples this fall..The best part was for my little one, who was happy to see little and big chickens out there. He didn’t want to pick any berries, just wanted to sit and talk to the chickens..:)

In the evening, I did not have the mood to cook something elaborate and made this quick and easy saag pulao for dinner.

Remember my Makke De Roti/Sarsoon da Saag post, I had some cooked saag left to use, so made this pulao with that. Alternatively you can use spinach leaves,blanch the spinach leaves in a boiling water for 4-5 minutes and drain immediately and immerse in a bowl of ice water.Squeeze out the excess water, and puree it in blender until smooth. And then use. Use about 1 1/2 cups of spinach leaves.

We had this pulao with yogurt, papads and onion salad on the side – one good comforting meal. So, here’s what I did to make this easy, delicious one pot meal.

Saag Pulao

Saag Pulao

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 3/4  cup cooked greens/saag
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 no’s black cardamom
  • 3 no’s cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies, devined and chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 10-12 whole cashew nuts. lightly roasted in oil
  • 2 tbsp light olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • water to cook the rice
Method:
  • Wash rice in several changes of tap water, drain and keep it aside for 20-30 minutes.
  • Heat oil on medium heat in cooker. When the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds, bay leaves, caradmom, cloves, cinnamon and star anise. Saute them first until lightly golden brown.
  •  Then add chopped onions, followed by green chillies, ginger-garlic paste and sauté until onions start to brown.
  •  Now add the saag, turmeric powder, gram masala powder, salt to taste and cook for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
  •  To this sautéed masala, add the drained basmati rice and water. Season the rice with salt and stir the whole thing well. Cover the lid and cook for 1 whistle. Wait till the pressure releases, open the lid and gently mix the rice using a fork and add the roasted cashews.
  •  Serve with yogurt, papad and pickle on side. Enjoy!
Saag Pulao

Saag Pulao

Dal Pulao

Posted: May 9, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Since childhood my body is programmed in such a way that I need to have rice once in a day. If I don’t have rice once, it feels like I didn’t had anything to eat and will start craving for some. Whenever we used to travel and after reaching home, the only food you want to have is simple dal chawal(rice).  Atleast this happens to everyone in my house.
Sometimes I don’t feel like cooking from the scratch but still wanted to have something simple which requires not much cooking and still satisfy my palate. For those days this one pot meal is perfectly fits in the menu.  This dish is simple pulao with orange lentil and some veggies. You can add or omit whatever you have in your hand and make this.Hence made this version of pulao which is truly satisfying and delicious at the same time.
Dal Pulao

Dal Pulao

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup masoor dal
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper+green bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon corinader powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
Dal Pulao

Dal Pulao

Method:

  • Heat oil in a deep skillet, add cumin seeds and let it get brown.
  • Add onions, garlic, bay leaves, green chillies and cook until onions turns slight brown in color.
  • Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, carrots, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt to taste. Cover the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Wash rice and dal together for 2-3 times in running water and then add it to the pan and mix everything together.
  • Add 2 cups of water, cover the pan and cook on medium heat untl the rice is done and all the water is evaporated.
  • In between the half way of cooking rice, add chopped pepper to the pan and mix everything and cook.
  • Once done, uncover the pan and fluff it with fork and serve hot with raita and pickle of your choice. Enjoy!!
Dal Pulao

Dal Pulao

Vegetable Pulao with Tomato Curry

Posted: August 20, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Recipe Yields: 2 Servings

Vegetable Pulao with Tomato Curry

This is very simple yet deliciously good tasting meal. I make this kind of lunch on the weekends when I am not in a mood to make elaborate lunch but want to have something fancy. My mom use to make this dinner usually on some festival night when we are full with having sweets especially on diwali night but feel to have a light meal. I serve this pulao with simple tomato curry masala and a boiled egg. Its a wholesome meal to me anytime.

Vegetable Pulao with Tomato Curry

Vegetable Pulao with Tomato Curry

For the Pulao:

  • 1  1/2 cups basmati rice, washed 3-4 times and soaked for 10-15 minutes
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 medium sized carrots, cut in cubes
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Preparation:

  • Heat oil in pressure cooker and add cumin seeds, cloves and let it get brown slightly and then add the bay leaves.
  • Add cubed carrots, peas and salt to taste and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add rice and stir or mix well with the veggies and oil. Add enough water about 2 cups and close the lid and cook for 1 whistle.
  • Let the cooker cool down and then open the lid and serve.

For the Tomato curry:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 green chillie, de-vined and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teapoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala owder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

Preparation:

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat, add cumin seeds and let it get brown .
  • Add onions followed by ginger, garlic and green chillies and cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, salt to taste and cook until the oil seperates from the masala about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of water to make gravy and give a boil to it.
  • Serve with vegetable pulao and enjoy this as a lunch/dinner.
Vegetable Pulao with Tomato Curry

Vegetable Pulao with Tomato Curry

Namkin chawal

Posted: June 21, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Namkin Chawal 

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here this weekend we had a nice weather to enjoy outside and we really had wonderful time with our friends visiting us. We went to casino and need less to say we enjoyed more even after losing money. Anyways coming back to the post which is a simple rice dish . 

Who does not love one pot meal, it’s the easiest and quickest thing to fix in jiffy without compromising the taste. Usually I use what all veggies I have in the fridge for this. I make this on any busy weekend for the lunch and serve with yogurt and some onion salad. It is the best comfort food any time. My mom use to give this for lunch to school whenever we said that we are tired of having rotis. So, she will make this and pack our lunch boxes with some pickle. So, here goes the recipe for the same: 

Namakin Chawal

Namakin Chawal

Ingredients: 

  • 1  cups basmati rice
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 inch grated ginger
  • 1 small tomatoes, cut in cubes
  • 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, cut in small cubes
  • 1 cup soya chunks/Nutrela
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation: 

  • Put rice in a bowl and wash rice for 2-3 times or until the water runs clear. Soak the same for 5-10 minutes.
  • Heat oil in pressure cooker, add cumin seeds and let it get brown.
  • Add garlic, ginger followed by onions and cook until cook are brown.
  • Add cubed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add cauliflower florets, carrots, peas and soya chunks(Nutrela) and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Add washed basmati rice to the masala with 1 1/2 cups of water, cover the lid and cook for 1 whistle.
  • Let the cooker cool down and then open the lid and serve.