Shahjeera Pulao | Intro to Indian Cooking

Next in the series of "Learn to cook Indian Food", I have this simple, yet flavorsome rice that makes a great pair for dal, or any gourmet gravy as well. As part of the series, I started with North Indian Cooking. 

There is a marked difference in the way rice is served in states of North India as opposed in South India. In South the rice is always cooked as such and the completing part is always with curds, where the curds is mixed with rice and eaten. Whereas I have known my North Indian Friends telling me that they never mix curds with rice and eat. More so they even add some spices like cumin while cooking their Basmati rice. 

So the rice for the day is made with Shahjeera, with simple spice add and green chilies to give a slight spice to the rice, as I was serving with Dal and Aloo sabzi.

Shahjeera Pulao

Ingredients Needed:

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Shahjeera / Caraway Seeds - 3/4 tsp
Butter - 1 tsp
Green Chili - 1 long
Bay leaf - 1 medium
Salt to taste
Water - 1 & 1/2 cups

How to make Shahjeera Pulao

Wash and soak the rice for 20 mins.

Heat a non stick pan with butter, add bay leaf, shahjeera, chopped green chilies. Drain the rice and add to the pan, saute well. Add salt and water. Bring to boil.

When it starts boiling, simmer and cover with lid and cook till done. It takes about 10 mins to get done.

Serve with dal and subzi.

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