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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.

 

Broccoli Potato Paratha

Broccoli Potato Paratha

Broccoli Potato Paratha is one such delicious, easy and simple paratha that can be made in minutes and packed in lunch box for kids. It goes out well with pickle, curd or raita or tomato ketchup. A healthy, easy, simple and delicious breakfast idea for kids.

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Broccoli Potato Paratha – Breakfast Recipes

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli – 1 head
  • Boiled potato – 300 gms
  • Cumin powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Green chilli – 1 no
  • Wheat flour – 3 cups
  • Oil – 4 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Making of Broccoli Potato Paratha –

 

Preparation:

  • Separate the florets of broccoli, coarsely grind it in a mixier.
  • Take wheat flour, salt in a bowl, make a well in the centre, pour water and knead it to dough.
  • Pour 2 tbsp of oil and knead the dough for few mins and let it rest for 15 mins.
  • Meanwhile, heat a kadai, add the ground broccoli, saute for 2 mins.
  • Add cumin power, salt and cook for 2 mins.
  • Add the boiled potatoes, mash it well and mix it to the broccoli. Remove from fire and wait until it comes to room temperature.
  • Dust the flour in the working space, take a small portion of the dough, roll it (thick) and place a tsp of broccoli potato mixture in the centre.
  • Roll it all together to a ball, again dust the working space and gently roll the dough.
  • Meanwhile heat a tawa, drizzle little oil, gently transfer the rolled dough to the tawa.
  • Cook on both sides, by swapping them in regular intervals and drizzling little oil along the sides of the paratha.
  • Remove it from fire.

Serve hot with pickle, curd or raita or any dips.

Chicken Fried Rice / Restaurant Style Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice / Restaurant Style Chicken Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of the popular dish, it can be prepared in a street food and also the other ways. Commonly we like to have fried rice from a street vendor, it tastes different and good. We use to have it at least once in two months, but for almost a year, the shop was closed. And so, thought of preparing it at home and the taste was too good and more similar to that one. Also, this is a perfect for lunch box. Let me share the recipe…

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #160 hosted by Angie@thenovicegardener.

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Chicken fried rice / Restaurant Style Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients:

  • Chicken – 200 gm
  • Steamed rice – 1 ½ cups
  • Capsicum (yellow, green, red) – ¼ cup
  • Carrot – ¼ cup
  • Cabbage – ¼ cup
  • Spring onions – 4 stalks
  • Black pepper powder – 2 tsp
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Eggs – 2 nos
  • Soy sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Tomato sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 2 ½ tbsp

Making of Chicken Fried Rice –

Preparation:

  • Clean and finely chop the chicken into pieces.
  • Clean and finely chop the capsicum, cabbage and spring onions, peel and finely chop the carrot, garlic.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add garlic, carrot, cabbage and capsicum, cook for few mins or until the vegetables are cooked.
  • Add chicken pieces followed by salt and pepper powder and cook for few mins or until the chicken turns pale white in color.
  • Pour tomato sauce and soy sauce and cook for a min or until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add spring onions and cook for few seconds.
  • Break the eggs, stir it well, cook for few seconds (the egg should not be completely cooked).
  • Add the steamed rice and mix it well, cook in high flame until the rice becomes dry.
  • Sprinkle a handful of spring onions and remove it from fire.

Serve it hot with Butter chicken or any gravy.