Monday, October 25, 2010

Fragrant Rice Pilau

I do not know if I missed any of the spices in my pantry, for this super fragrant pilau seems to have it all: coriander, cumin, fennel, black pepper, black cardamom, cinnamon, clove....How else can you get a complex, exotic bouquet in just one dish? I was certainly not shy about this one.  Please try it for yourself!

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 cups chopped vegetables (fresh or frozen): peas, green beans, carrots, corn
  • 6 cups water
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes (canned or fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon whole fennel seed
  •  ½ tablespoon crushed black pepper
  •  ¼ tablespoon crushed black cardamom
  • 6-8 clove buds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt

    To garnish:
  • 2 dry red chili peppers, seeds removed
  • 2 sticks (2”each ) cinnamon
  • 8-10 curry leaves.

  1.  Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy bottom pan or kadai at medium heat. 
  2. Fry the chili, cinnamon sticks and curry leaves for about 10 seconds each, one ingredient at a time. Set aside.
  3. Add all the spices in the same oil, fry for about fifteen seconds or till seeds splatter, making sure they do not burn.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, fry for another minute or so, till well incorporated in the spice mixture.
  5. Add the vegetables to the spice and tomato mixture and fry for 2 minutes, until tender.
  6. Add the rice to the spice, tomato and vegetable mixture and fry for a minute, constantly mixing.
  7. Add water, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until desired texture, stirring the pilau occasionally so it does not stick to the pan.
  8. Serve the pilau hot, garnish with the fried chili, cinnamon and curry leaves.


Amritha Kalyani said...

Woowww... Very tempting.. Looks so delicious. I can smell the aroma here :-) yummmmmmmm...

Prathima Rao said...

A right blend of aromatic spices..Truly a feast for the eyes & one`s palate!!

alison said...

cu siguranta am sa-l incerc si eu,suna fantastic de aromat!cu o singura aroma nu ma impac ,cea de cumin,are ceva care imi repugna putin,nu stiu de ce,dar o folosesc,in cantitati mult mici decit prevede reteta.

Sweet Artichoke said...

Yummy! A very conforting and tasty pulao!

Sanjeeta kk said...

Can small the aroma of all the spices in this gorgeous pilaf. Love the spice thali.

Anonymous said...

Thats one aromatic pilaf dish. I am a huge fan of such ne dish meals...yours looks superb

Swathi said...

This delicious awesome pilaf dish. Love all the spices, they make it more aromatic.

Satya said...

u r superb cook dear ...u make this pulao soooo beautifully the spices u sed for this ...can feel the taste ..yummy


Priya said...

Simply delicious pulao, very tempting..

aipi said...

Such a tasty looking pulao..wonderful blend of spices!

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Ramya said...

Looks appetising...

spécialiste de l'éphémère said...

I can almost smell it! It looks absolutely perfect.

veena krishnakumar said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!amazing inviting

PreeOccupied said...

Thats a great recipe...and I love the second photo of the platter with the spices. A warm undertone to a great homemade dish.

Nimi SunilKumar said...

very much tempting post..

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