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Plain Pulao Recipe / Basic Pulao Recipe / How to make Pulao in Pressure Cooker

Plain Pulao Recipe / Basic Pulao Recipe / How to make Pulao in Pressure Cooker

Pulao / Pulav is a one pot meal that can be prepared in minutes and there are different varieties of pulao from veg to non-veg. There are sometimes, when we don’t have anything at home, but still need a rich food may be for a party or on the arrival of surprise guest.

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Plain Pulao Recipe / Basic Pulao Recipe / How to make Pulao Recipe

Plain Pulao is very simple, delicious and flavorful but needs only the basic ingredients that we generally have at home and they are nothing other than the flavored spices. Plain pulao goes out well with any gravy or curry. I have accompanied it with Chicken curry, for veg option Dal suits it very well. I have shared few more Pulao like – Chicken Pulao, Soya chunks Pulao, Afghani Lamb Pulao, Prawn and Peas Pulao, Zarda Pulao (Sweet Pulao), Vegetable Pulao. Let me share the recipe…

Making of Plain Pulao / Pulao Video recipe –

Ingredients:

  • Basmathi / Long-grain rice – 2 cups
  • Onion – 1 nos (medium size)
  • Green chilies – 2 nos
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf – 2 nos
  • Star Anise – 2 nos
  • Cinnamon (1 “inch stick) – 1 no
  • Cloves – 4 nos
  • Cardamom – 2 nos
  • Salt – 1 tsp or as per your taste
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 1 ½ tsp
  • Oil (any cooking oil) – 2 ½ tsp

Preparation:

  • Peel and thinly slice the onions to pieces.
  • Slit the green chilies into two equal halves.
  • Heat both ghee/clarified butter and oil in a pressure cooker or a heavy bottomed vessel, add the flavored spices (bay leaf, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom) and wait until the spices crackle.
  • Add onions and green chillies, cook for a min and add ginger-garlic paste, cook until the onion turns glassy and the raw smell goes off.
  • Meanwhile clean the rice in running water, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Add the cleaned rice, followed by salt and cook for a min.
  • Pour water (for one cup of rice pour 1 ½ cups of water, make sure to use the same cup for measurement).
  • Wait until the water boils, for pressure cooker – cover the lid and pressure cook for 2 whistles, for heavy bottom vessel – cover the lid and cook until the rice is perfectly done.
  • Remove the lid, and gently stir the rice and transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot with any Vegetarian Curries or Gravies or Non-Vegetarian Gravies or Curries.

 

Butter Beans Kulambu / How to make Butter beans curry / Butter beans recipe

Butter Beans Kulambu / How to make Butter beans curry / Butter beans recipe

Butter Beans are known as Lima beans or sieve beans, because of the color and buttery texture they are called as Butter beans. They are important sources of dietary fiber, protein and minerals. Because of the dietary fiber, they scrape cholesterol, and helps in heart health. Also, they improve the digestions, increases energy level and prevents diabetes.

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Butter Beans Kulambu / Lima Beans curry

Already I have shared a Butter Beans poriyal / Lima Beans curry and now it’s curry using butter beans. Butter beans curry or poriyal is usually liked by kids, because of its buttery texture. But when you pair them with steamed rice, increase little of the spice level with coconut masala, it tastes yum. Let me share the recipe…

Taking it to Fiesta Friday #189 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Ingredients:

  • Butter Beans / Lima Beans – 2 handful
  • Onion – 1 no
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp + ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Coconut pieces – 3 tbsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder – ¾ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Oil – 1 ½ tbsp

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely chop the onions. Keep it aside.
  • Take coconut pieces and a tbsp of cumin seeds, grind it to a fine paste by adding little water and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  • Add the chopped onions, cook until they turn golden brown in color.
  • Add the ground coconut masala followed by turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder, cook for few mins or until the raw smell of the masala goes off.
  • Add the lima beans / butter beans followed by salt, pour a cup of water, bring to boil, cover and cook for 3 whistles.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure releases, transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot with steamed rice and pappad or appalam.

 

Paruppu Keerai Sadham / Lentil Spinach Rice

Paruppu Keerai Sadham / Lentil Spinach Rice

Paruppu Keerai Sadham is one such perfect food for lunch box, usually when it’s spinach most of the kids you bring back the box home, happens in my home too. So, thought of preparing something which would be liked and most important not easier to separate the spinach from rice for my kid’s lunch box and this resulted in Paruppu kerria sadham / lentil spinach rice.

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Paruppu Keerai Sadham / Lentil Spinach Rice

Paruppu keerai sadham was delicious with mild spiciness, mashing consistency and easy to consume in school. Most important with the wonderful health benefits of paruppu and keerai / Lentil and Spinach. Give a try…

Ingredients:

  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Split pigeon peas / Tuvaram paruppu / Toor dal – ½ cup
  • Spinach (Amaranth / Arakeerai) – 2 handsful
  • Mustard seeds / Kadugu – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds / Jeeragam – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves / Karuvepillai –  a sprig
  • Onion / Vengayam – 1 no
  • Tomato / Thakkali – ½ no
  • Turmeric powder / Manjal podi – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin powder / Jeeraga podi – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder / Vathal podi – ½ tsp or green chilli / Pachamillagai – 1 no (optional)
  • Oil / Yennai – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Salt / Uppu to taste

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely chop the onions to small pieces.
  • Roughly chop the tomatoes.
  • Wash the lentils and rice together, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Wash the spinach leaves and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the mustard, cumin seeds, curry leaves and wait until it crackle.
  • Add the onions and cook until the turn golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn mushy.
  • Add the rice lentil followed by spinach leaves, cook for a min.
  • Add the turmeric powder, cumin powder, chilli powder (optional) followed by salt and cook for a min.
  • Pour water (1 cup +1/2 cup of lentils pour 3 cups of water), bring it to boil and pressure cook for 4 whistles or until they come to mashing consistency.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure subsides, drizzle a tbsp of ghee, stir it well.

Serve hot with appalam / pappad or vadagam / crackers.