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easy vegetable pulao in pressure cooker

easy vegetable pulao in pressure cooker
Recipe type: easy recipes spl
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
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easy vegetable pulao recipe made in pressure cooker.
  • 1.5 cups basmati rice
  • 2.5 to 3 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium sized potato, chopped
  • ½ cup peas/matar, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup cauliflower/gobi florets
  • ½ cup chopped carrots or beans
  • 2 to 2.5 tbsp oil or ghee
  • crushed or ground into paste in a pestle-mortar
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • whole garam masala:
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 green cardamom
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 strand of mace
  • 1 medium sized bay leaf
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • for garnishing:
  • 12-15 cashews
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 tbsp oil for frying the onions and cashews
  1. soak the rice in water for 30 mins.
  2. meanwhile when the rice is soaking, you can rinse and chop all the veggies.
  3. for the cauliflower florets, rinse and blanch them in salted water. this step is optional though. drain the rice and keep aside.
  4. heat oil in a pressure cooker. add all the spices mentioned under garam masala and fry till the oil becomes fragrant. now add the sliced onions and fry till they become golden.
  5. add the ginger-garlic-chili paste and fry till the raw aroma disappears… for about 30 seconds.
  6. add the tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, carrots or beans and saute for 2-3 minutes on a low flame. keep on stirring.
  7. now add the peas and saute for 2 minutes more on a low flame.
  8. keep on stirring gently and saute the rice for 2-3 minutes on a low flame, till the oil gets coated well and uniformly on the rice grains. pour water and stir.
  9. add salt and check the taste of the broth. if the broth tastes bland, then add some more salt.
  10. cover the pressure cooker with its lid and pressure cook the rice on a medium or high flame for 2-3 whistles. i kept for 3 whistles.
  11. meanwhile when the rice is cooking, prepare the garnishing ingredients.
  12. heat oil in a small frying pan. first fry the cashews till golden. remove and drain on paper towels.
  13. now add the onions and fry them till crisp and golden. drain on paper towels.
  14. when the rice is done, gently fluff the rice. you can add the fried onions and cashews to the rice and gently stir.
  15. or garnish the rice with the fried onions and cashews and then serve vegetable pulao.
  16. the vegetable pulao goes well with boondi raita, plain raita or onion-tomato raita. also accompany some onion slices with lemon or a vegetable salad or pickle and papad.
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