17 July 2006

Riot-of- colour Pulao with Yogurt Curry

Thanks for all those who participated in the first event at Saffron Trail. The Weekend Breakfast Blogging table was filled with breakfast foods from around the world. Check out the round up with the guidelines to WBB#2 here.

Riot of color Pulao

Pulao is so common-place and biryani is so much effort. I like a pulao that's simple to make and yet has all the exotica of the biryani. This was the first time I was using some finely chopped beet in a rice recipe, the result was a beautiful colour and a subtle sweet taste. The raisins and dried apricots added another layer of taste and texture. Though we make it a point not have rice more than once a week-in order to avoid refined carbs, this kind of veggie-rice mix makes sure we don't load up much on rice.

It looks like a lot of ingredients down there, but you will readily find most of the stuff in your pantry. Things that you don't find can be easily replaced.

Natural colours



1 heaped cup of long grained fragrant rice like Basmati

2 Bay leaves

4-5 cloves
1 stick cinnamon
2-3 star anise
1 tsp cumin seeds

Few black pepper corns
1 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger

1 tsp finely chopped garlic

Vegetables / Fruits:
You can pretty much add any vegetables that you have at home. I used- 1 small beet (finely milled)
1 large carrot-cut into sticks
Handful of frozen peas
1 large onion-sliced

1 large potato-cut into sticks

Handful raisins ( I used Organic Greek Currants bought from the Spice Shop in London on my recent trip )
5-6 dried apricots-sliced (Use any dried fruits you have)

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp my homemade curry powder / use any coriander-cumin based powder (will share my recipe soon)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp garam masala powder
2 T oil

Salt to taste


1. Wash rice in plenty of water. Soak it in hot water for 30 minutes.

2.In a large wok, heat oil. Put in all the aromatics except ginger-garlic. Once cumin seeds start popping, add the ginger and garlic. Saute for a few seconds.
3. Add all the chopped vegetables, dried fruits, chilli powder, curry powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, salt. Saute for 4-5 minutes on a medium flame until all the ingredients come together nicely and the vegetables are half cooked.
4.Add the drained rice to this. Saute for 2 minutes. Add one cup water to the wok, cover with a lid which has a steam outlet, or leave some space between wok and lid. Keep the flame on SIM, and do not keep stirring the rice. After 7-8 minutes, check if rice is cooked. If not sprinkle some more water and cook till rice is done.

5.Check for salt and serve piping hot with yogurt based curry.

Pulao served with Kadi

Recipe for Curry (Also called Kadi)
1 1/2 cups sour yogurt
1 1/2 cups water
1 heaped T gram flour
1 green chilli finely chopped
pinch of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp salt

Put all the above ingredients in a saucepan. Whisk the mixture well, so that the flour doesn't stay in lumps.
Keep the pan on a medium flame, and keep stirring the curry continuously or else the yogurt will separate out.
Let the curry come to a boil, take it off the flame.

In a small kadai / ladle, heat a tsp of oil. Add some curry leaves, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 3-4 cloves and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds.
As they splutter, put the tempered oil into the curry. Stir well and garnish with coriander. Keep a lid on the pan until you serve it.

Check out:

~Are you getting ready for the Jihva for Flour-event hosted by Santhi's Kitchen? Details here
~Meeta's innovative BPW event here.
~Barbara's It's too darned hot round up Part 1 over here


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KrishnaArjuna said...

That's quite a colorful pulav Nandita!

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:) nice site... can even imagine this refreshing smells...

take care & a nice evening

Sumitha said...

It looks delicious Nandita!Very nutritious recipe too!

Nandita said...

Thanks Krishna and Sumitha!- did you girls check out the breakfast spread?
AFP-thanks for dropping over.

Vaishali said...

Pulao with dried fruit is a nice idea. Actually, for me anything with dried fruit is a good idea. ;-)

Priya said...

Even I havent tried using beetroot with rice, will try this out soon. And rice just once a week..!! My God !!
You should be a store-house of tiffin items then ...no wonder your event theme was Breakfasts..!! :-)

Meeta said...

Looks good Nandita. Never tried it with dreid fruit but is worht a go!

Kavitha said...

I am kavitha from bangalore. Never tried beets in my pulao. Tempted to try it seeing the beautiful color of ur pulao..and the result is awesome..and i got lots a appreciations :))
I tried it with only raisins and Used my rasam powder for the curry powder.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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