September 4, 2008

Veg Pulao and Puliogare Rice

Veg Pulao

1 cup chopped vegetables (carrots, spring onions, potatoes,capsicum, tomato, beans, peas)
2 cups cooked rice
1 tbsp fresh/frozen grated coconut
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp Garam masala (optional)

For temepering:
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
4-5 cloves
1 bay leaf
1 inch cinnamon
6 black pepper corns
5 Cashewnuts
1 tsp ginger

1. Heat oil in a kadhai/wok, add whole spices one by one (cumin seeds, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf) and roast them till they emit aroma.
2. Add ginger and cashews and fry till light brown in color.
3. Add spring onions and saute them. Add all other vegetables and saute them till they are half cooked.
4. Add red chili powder, garam masala and coconut and mix well for a couple of mins.
5. Add cooked rice and salt in the end and mix them well and cook till 5 more mins.

Serve veg pulao with your favourite side dish or raitas.

Puliogare /Tamarind Rice

Here's my way of making puliogare rice. I dont use puliogare powder nor i make one for this dish. I just add my saarina pudi (saar powder) and it does wonders.

2 cups cooked rice
3 tbsp tamarind paste
jaggery (equivalent to tamarind paste)
1 tsp curry powder (i use saar powder)
1/2 tsp red chili powder (optional)

For tempering:
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
5 curry leaves
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 fistfull peanuts
1 tsp gram dal (chana dal)
1 tsp spilt black gram (urad dal)

How to make:
1. Heat oil in a pan/kadhai, add all tempering powder one by one (mustard,chana dal, urad dal, peanuts, curry leaves, sesame seeds)
2. Add ta,marind paste and jaggery to it and let it boil.
3. Add saar powder, red chili powder and salt and let it cook for half a min.
4. Add cooked rice and mix well.