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

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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.

 

Murukku Recipe / Coconut Milk Murukku / Thengai Paal Murukku recipe – Diwali recipe

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Murukku is a savoury, crunchy Indian snack, perfect for tea time with a cup of tea or coffee. Murukku means twisted and is originated for Tamil Nadu. Murukku is most commonly prepared with rice flour and white lentils / urad dal flour by infusing some flavors. There are different types of making murukku commonly its made by adding the dough to the press and then pressing to the oil, few are made by rolling the dough by hands and then deep fried in oil.

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Coconut Milk Murukku Recipe / Thengai Paal Murukku recipe / Murukku Recipe – Diwali recipe

Murukku can be made in bulks and stored in an air tight container, as is stays fresh for a week. Already I have shared the recipe of Butter Murukku and Rava Murukku. Now let me share coconut milk murukku. Coconut milk murukku / Thengai Paal murukku is prepared with rice flour, white lentils (urad dal) flour and coconut milk. Make sure to use thick coconut milk, as it gives more flavor to the murukku. Compared to the regular ones this murukku is little crispy.

Making of Coconut milk murukku / Thengai Paal Murukku Video recipe –

A very easy and simple savory snack for Diwali. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Raw rice flour (store bought) – 1 cup
  • Urad dal / White lentils / ulundam paruppu – 2 ½ tbsp.
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Jeera / Cumin – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing – ¼ tsp
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – ¼ tsp
  • Oil – 2 cups (for deep frying)

Preparation:

  • Dry roast urad dal / ulundam paruppu / white lentils for 2 mins or until it starts turning golden brown in color.
  • Spread it over a plate, bring it to room temperature, grind to a fine powder.
  • In a bowl, sieve the ground urad dal powder, add rice flour, cumin seeds, salt, asafetida and mix it well.
  • Pour melted butter and crumble it well.
  • Pour coconut milk little by little and start kneading the dough gently.
  • Take the press, put the 3-hole disc, grease it well with oil, and take a small portion of dough and fill the press.
  • Press the dough to check the flowing of the dough, if it’s tight to press, pour little more coconut milk knead the dough and continue the process.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, press the murukku to the oil, after a min, swap the sides and cook on both sides, until the oozing sound of oil comes down.
  • Cook only in medium flame, else the murukku would turn brown in color before getting cooked.
  • Drain the oil, remove it from fire.

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Serve along with tea or coffee once it reaches room temperature. You can also store it in an air tight container once it reaches room temperature and stays fresh for 2 weeks.

Custard Powder Halwa / How to make Custard Powder Halwa / Easy Halwa recipe – Diwali recipe

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Custard Powder Halwa is my recent try for this Diwali 2017, it is very simple, quick to prepare also it tastes delicious. Also, custard powder halwa needs just 4 ingredients to be prepared and also these are commonly available in all out kitchen, so no any fancy ingredient used here. Moreover, the quantity of ghee/clarified butter used is very little compared to other Halwa.

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Also do check out Banana Halwa, Badam / Almond Halwa, Lauki Halwa, Wheat Halwa, Carrot Halwa, Corn flour Halwa, Dates Halwa, Tri-fruits Halwa, Pumpkin Halwa, Banana Sheera, Beetroot Halwa and Walnut sheera.

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Custard Powder Halwa / How to make Custard Powder Halwa / Easy Halwa recipe – Diwali recipe

This Halwa can be prepared perfectly even by beginners. Give a try for this Diwali…

Ingredients:

  • Custard powder – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 ½ cups
  • Cashew nuts – 7 nos
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Saffron strands – few strands
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 3 tbsp

Making of Custard Powder Halwa / Custard Powder Halwa Video recipe –

Preparation:

  • Break the cashew nuts into small pieces, keep it aside.
  • Soak saffron strands in a tbsp of water and keep it aside.
  • In a bowl, add custard powder, sugar and mix it well.
  • Pour water, mix it well until it the dissolves. Make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed vessel, pour ghee/clarified butter, add cashew nuts and roast until it starts turning golden brown in color.
  • Pour in the custard powder, sugar mixture followed by the saffron water, cook only in low flame.
  • Keep on mixing it, until it gets thicken.
  • Once it starts thickening, start beating the halwa, until it rolls out.
  • Keep on beating the halwa, until the ghee oozes out from the sides of the halwa.
  • Meanwhile grease a tray with ghee/clarified butter, transfer the halwa to the tray.
  • Level it with a ladle, let it sit until it reaches room temperature.
  • Slice the halwa into pieces.

Serve it. Store it in an air-tight container, so that it stays fresh for a week time. Also, slightly heat, before serving.

 

 

 

 

Note: This Halwa is prepared in 20 mins, but the important thing in this Halwa, since we custard powder thickens earlier, it’s a must to prepare this Halwa in low flame. Preparing low flame helps custard powder to get cooked completely and then thicken, else it would taste raw. Also, it doesn’t mean the once the halwa is thickened it is done, make sure that it doesn’t stick to the ladle and has a glassy appearance.