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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.

 

Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana with Sprig Gourmet

Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana with Sprig Gourmet

Sheera is a Marathi word for Halwa. Sheera is a must to have dish during festivals in North India. It is a rich dessert that is prepared by cooking sooji and banana along with toasted nuts and ghee / clarified butter. Banana sheera can be prepared by using both milk or water.

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Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana

I have infused coconut palm sugar instead of sugar, which gives more flavor and being a best natural sweetener. I have used Coconut Palm Sugar (mingles with A Quartet of Brown spices) from sprig, CLICK HERE for the product. Coconut Palm Sugar from sprig gives good flavor with beautiful color to the dish and delicious taste.

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Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana

Also, I have infused more banana for the perfect halwa texture and taste of banana. You can use variant of banana, but use only the ripen once. Let me share the recipe…

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Ingredients:

  • Banana – 3 nos
  • Rava / Sooji / Semolina – 1 cup (1 cup=160 ml)
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Coconut palm sugar – ½ cup
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 5 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Almonds / Badam – 10 nos
  • Saffron – few strands

Preparation:

  • Thinly slice cashew nuts and almonds/badam, keep it aside.
  • Peel the banana’s and mash them well as no lumps are left.
  • Heat ½ tsp of ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add rava/semolina and toast it until it turns turn golden brown in color.
  • Transfer it to plate, spread it well and let it rest until it reaches room temperature.
  • Pour 1 ½ tbsp of ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add thinly sliced cashew nuts and almonds, roast it until it turns golden brown in color.
  • Pour 3 cups of water in a kadai/long bottomed vessel, wait until it boils.
  • Once it starts boiling, add the roasted rava/sooji little by little and stir it well, make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Wait until gets cooked well, add the mashed banana mix it well.
  • Pour a tbsp of ghee/clairifed butter, mix it well.
  • Cook in low flame for almost 10 mins, pour in the leftover ghee/clarified butter along with the roasted nuts.
  • Mix it well and stir it, until it reaches rolling consistency and remove it from fire, once the ghee/clarified butter starts oozing out.
  • Sprinkle saffron strands, give a mix and transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot.

Kosambari Recipe / Carrot Kosambari / Cucumber Kosambari / Vegetarian Salad – Sprig Gourmet Product Review

Kosambari Recipe / Carrot Kosambari / Cucumber Kosambari / Vegetarian Salad – Sprig Gourmet Product Review

Kosambari is a healthy vegetarian salad, prepared by soaking split green gram or split gram in water, then combining them with vegetables, green chillies and salt. Kosambari is a famous Karnataka salad recipe originated from Udupi, which is most commonly prepared during festivals.

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Been in Bangalore for almost few years, I have tasted this from my neighbor aunty who commonly prepares kosambari during all festivals at their home. Navratri’s are not without kosambari at their home. Following her, I have prepared two kosambari – Carrot kosambari and Cucumber kosambari.

Kosambari is also known as Koshambari, which is a healthy vegetarian salad recipe that is very easy and simple to prepare in mintues. Got products from Sprig Online Gourmet for review and Just for a twist I have substituted Six Pepper Medley powder from Sprig Gourmet instead of Green Chillies and Rosemary Lavender Sea Salt from Sprig Gourmet instead of salt.

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Lavender is my one and only favorite, the very first time tried out the flavor in food along with sea salt, absolutely delicious and more fragrant –  also a special for Navratri offering. Six Pepper Medley also had a wonderful fragnant, because of the cute little grinder over the bottle which gives out the freshly grounded powder. Give a try to this recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber – ½ no
  • Carrot – 1 no (medium size)
  • Split green gram / Paasi payaru / Mung dal – 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves – 2 stalks
  • Green chillies or Pepper Powder (Six Pepper Medley from sprig) – ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing / Perungayam – ¼ tsp
  • Grated Coconut – ¾ cup
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/ tsp
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt (Rosemary Lavender seasalt from sprig) – ½ tsp

Making of Kosambari / Carrot Kosambari Video recipe / Cucumber Kosambari Video recipe –

Preparation:

  • Soak the split green gram / mung dal / paasipayaru in water for almost 2 hours.
  • Drain the water completely and keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the cucumber into pieces.
  • Peel and finely grate the carrot into pieces.
  • If you are using green chillies, finely chop them into pieces.
  • Clean and finely chop the coriander stalks to pieces.
  • Take a 2 bowls, add half the quantity of soaked split green gram to each bowls.
  • Add cucumber, half the quantity of coriander leaves, lemon juice, grated coconut, lime juice, pepper powder or green chillies and a pinch of asafetida to a bowl. Mix it well.
  • In another bowl, add grated carrot, leftover quantity of coriander leaves, lemon juice, grated coconut, lime juice, pepper powder or green chillies and a pinch of asafetida and mix well.
  • In a small vessel or tadka, heat oil, add mustard seeds and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Pour half the quantity to each of the bowls. Mix it well.
  • Add required quantity of salt, only before you serve.
  • Serve it.

Note: Add salt to the kosambari only before serving, else it would release water and become soggy.