Mixed Vegetable Pulav

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On one of our train travels in India we happened to buy a box of Vegetable Biryani from a vendor who was selling it on the train. Surprisingly this was very delicious! If you have travelled on a train in India then you know that train food, especially food from the IRCTC pantry cart is something to be wary off! The food is barely edible.. I am hoping that they have improved ever since..However, the external vendors that sell food on the trains in the multiple stations do offer much more variety and tasty food. Not sure how hygienic these are, but for the most part the packaging looks good and food is pretty delicious. My daughter usually loves the Mixed Veg Biryani..she often asks me to make it just like “How it is on the train” when I make it at home. For me making pulav is easy because it is a one pot meal and I have mastered it enough that it does not take me more than 15 minutes to make it :-)
This weekend I bought green beans, carrots and cauliflower fresh from the Farmer’s market. The produce was so fresh that I did not feel like putting it into the refrigerator..wanted to use it right away :-) So Vegetable Pulav it was…

Follow this recipe to the “T” and I guarantee you a delicious rice recipe that you will keep coming back to :-)

Mixed Vegetable Pulav

Mixed Vegetable Pulav

You will need:

3 cups Rice – For Basmati rice use 1 cup rice to 1.5 cup water ratio; For Sona Masoori rice use 1 cup rice to 2 cups water ratio
1/2 cup Fresh Green Beans – String, wash and chop into finger sized pieces
2 Carrots – Peel, Wash and Chop into small pieces
1/4 head Cauliflower – Break into florets and wash
Fresh Green Peas – 1/2 cup (USe frozen if fresh is not available)
3 Medium Onions – Peel, Wash and Chop lengthwise
a few small pieces Cinnamon
3 cloves
4 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

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For the Masala paste:
1 handful Fresh Mint leaves
1 handful Fresh Cilantro
3 tbsp Fresh grated Coconut (if using frozen, thaw before using)
3 pods garlic – Peel
a small piece ginger
a few small pieces of cinnamon
2 cloves
10 Green chillies (adjust accordingly, this recipe is for a medium spicy Pulav)

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Combine all of the above and grind into a smooth paste with 1/2 cup water in a food processor or blender. Keep aside.

Method:
1. Wash and soak the rice in water for about 1/2 hour.

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2. Prepare the Masala paste as above.
3. Chop all the vegetables as above.
4. In a Pressure cooker or Pressure pan, heat the oil. Add the cinnamon sticks and cloves. Saute for 2 minutes.

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5. Add the chopped onions and saute until light golden brown.

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6. Add the chopped veggies and mix well. Saute for a few minutes. Meanwhile drain the water from the soaked rice. Add the rice to the vegetables and saute for about 5 minutes.

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7. Add the masala paste, salt to taste and mix well. Saute for 2 or 3 minutes.

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8. Add water (6 cups for 3 cups as mentioned above). Mix well. Cover with the pressure cooker lid and allow 1 whistle. Turn off the stove and move to a cooler spot until the all pressure is relieved from the pan/cooker.

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9. Open the lid, mix gently and well. Allow to sit for a few minutes before serving. Serve hot with raita.

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Thanks for stopping by :-)

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2 responses »

  1. Having travelled the length and breadth of India by trains, I have a wish list of stuff to eat every time I travel…. Omelette on the Mumbai Pune train, Vada Pav at Karjat station, Venn Pongal at Guntakal, Masala Vada at Renigunta, tea in a Kulhad in the north and the east…..

    The list is endless. While I do make a lot of these at home, somehow the magic of eating food from the pantry of the train or the station vendor is missing.

    • I know what you mean Aruna! Making it at home never usually tastes like outside stuff..:-) Definitely more hygienic but not as delciious… :-P

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