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.
Plain Pulao Recipe / Basic Pulao Recipe / How to make Pulao Recipe
Carrot is one of the vegetable which kids love to eat. When it comes for eating rice, they make lot of fuss. Considering they getting leaned towards carrot thought of preparing carrot rice or Pulav. This would be a perfect food for lunch box, and thus caters the need of kids and helps moms to cook a healthy food for their kids. Let us see how to prepare this carrot rice…
Carrot Rice / Carrot Pulao
Grated Carrot – 1 cup
Steamed Rice – 2 cups
Coconut Oil – 2 tbsp
Green Chilli – 1 no
Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
Garlic – 6 pods
Garam Masala – 1tbsp
Cashew Nuts – 10 nos
Salt to taste
Making of Carrot Rice / Carrot Pulao –
Finely chop the garlic into pieces and slit the green chillies to two equal halves.
Heat a Kadai and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves and wait until they crackle
Add cashew nuts, green chilli, finely chopped garlic and cook for a min.
Add the grated carrot, garam masala, salt and cook until they golden yellow in color.
Add the steamed rice, stir it well and cook for few mins or until the rice becomes dry.
Remove from fire.
Spices getting sauted
with green chillies and cashewnuts
with grated carrot
with garam masala and salt
Mixing rice and carrot
Carrot Rice / Carrot Pulao
Serve hot with onion raita or any veg fry. I have served it with spicy green peas fry – Stay tuned for the recipe.
Broccoli Paneer Rice is a healthy, delicious, one pot meal that can be made in minutes and so this would go perfect for lunch box. Usually I have seen most of the people saying no to Broccoli, but when it comes to the health benefits it has loads in it. And so, thought of infusing broccoli with rice as a main ingredient and paneer which my kids like to the core as a secondary ingredient. I was little worried when I prepared this rice, as I gave a try directly for my kid’s lunch box, and I prepared little steamed rice too, so that I can use it as a backup if this Broccoli Paneer rice doesn’t work. But the rice was yum and unimaginable.
I have induced coconut oil, you can substitute it with ghee/clarified butter or any cooking oil.
Health Benefits of Broccoli: Broccoli is well known for preventing cancer, it reduces cholesterol as it is packed with soluble fiber, it helps in bone health, good for heart health, also it helps in digestion and prevents constipation.
Let me share the recipe…
Broccoli Paneer Rice
Broccoli – 1 no (medium size)
Paneer – 150 gm
Basmati / Long Grain Rice – 2 cups
Coriander leaves – a fistful
Mint leaves – a fistful
Green chilli – 2 nos
Garlic – 5 cloves
Cloves – 3 nos
Cinnamon – 1 stick
Star Anise – 1 no
Coconut milk – 2 cups
Chilli powder – ¾ tsp
Coriander powder – 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Coconut oil – 1 ½ tbsp.
Making of Broccoli Paneer rice –
Wash and separate the florets of broccoli (medium size).
Cube the paneer to medium size pieces.
Grind coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies and garlic to a fine paste by adding little water.
Heat oil in a pressure-cooker or heavy bottomed vessel, add the cloves, cinnamon and star anise, wait until they crackle.
Add the broccoli followed by chilli powder and coriander powder, cook for few mins.
Pour the ground mixture (coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies and garlic paste) and cook for few mins or until the raw smell goes off.
Add the cleaned rice, followed by salt and cook for few mins.
Pour the coconut milk and water (in equal proportion), pressure-cook for 3 whistles or if using a heavy bottomed vessel, cover and cook until the rice is cooked.
Meanwhile heat a tsp of oil in pan, add the paneer pieces and cook them on both sides until they turn golden brown in color.
Remove the lid when the pressure releases, give a gentile stir and add the roasted paneer, give a gentle stir and serve.
Serve hot with raita and any deep fry. I have accompanied it with Potato chips.