Friday, March 4, 2016

Quick Pulao under 20 mins

For the second day of quick dishes, this is one of the pulaos I make for my kids for their lunch. I never thought of clicking it before. However this particular picture was taken during the floods we had in Madras and we were short of ideas being at home through the day. While I had work throughout the period except for maybe two days off, kids were at home for 45 days and we were going out of mind to think how to keep them occupied. And on top what to cook for them.

During one of those days, when I made non veg and in no mood to cook for the vegetarians at home, I thought this quick pulao will be just good enough. I had shared the cauliflower saute already and remembered just now to get a better picture for this post as well.

Quick Tomato Pulao

Ingredients Needed:

Oil - 2 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Bay Leaf - 1
Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Onions - 1/4 of medium
Green chilies - 2 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Mint Leaves - handful
Coriander leaves - handful
Tomato Puree - 1/2 cup
Red chili powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Arabic Spice Blend - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Raw Rice - 1 cup
Garam Masala a pinch
Water - 2 cups

How to make the Quick Vegetable Pulao

Wash and soak the rice for 10 mins.

Heat a pressure cooker with oil and ghee. Add the bay leaf and cumin seeds. Saute well.

Then add onion julienne, green chilies, saute well. Now add the ginger garlic paste. Saute well till it browns.

Add the mint leaves and coriander leaves (save few for final garnish).

Saute everything well. Add the tomato puree along all the red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, arabic spice blend and combine.

Drain the rice and add to the masala. Mix everything well. Add water, garam masala and cover with lid. Pressure cooker for 3 to 4 whistles.

Switch off. Let the pressure fall off.

Wait for 5 mins, before gently releasing the pressure, fluff the rice, garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve with a side dish.


If you don't have Arabic Spice Blend, replace with regular whole clove, cinnamon, cardamon and increase garam masala. It will be not exactly like using the Arabic spice blend, still you can have something closer.

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Usha Rao said...

Pulaos are always a life saver when not in mood to cook. It looks colorful and flavorful.

Suma Gandlur said...

The Arabic spice blend must have added a new flavor to this quick rice dish. And oh my gosh, did your kids were out of school that long because of the floods?

Priya Suresh said...

Prefect to make if you have sudden guests or your in hurry, pulao looks wonderful.

Amara Annapaneni said...

Loved the idea of using Arabic spice blend in the pulao. I'm sure it turned out delicious and in just 20 minutes, who can beat that:)

rajani said...

Quick recipes are always a boon Valli.

Srivalli said...

Yes Suma all the kids in Madras infact..

Annu Swamy said...

Handy recipe. Looks nice.

Archana Potdar said...

Though so my comment is lost. I cannot remember much of my beautifully worded comment except that this pulao is yum and having the spice mix handy is a good idea.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

looks great and those days must have been hard

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Quick and easy to make pulao,it turned out so perfect and.Addition of Arabic masala enhanced the flavor of the rice..

Gayathri Kumar said...

Nowadays even I have started cooking more pulao recipes as they seem so quick to make. Your version with Arabic masala sounds flavourful..

Harini-Jaya R said...

The Arabic spice blend sounds flavorful. Such quick one pot meals are always welcome.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Pulao seems to be working well for my families lunch box as well and I am very happy about using vegetables in the rice :)The recipe sounds simple and flavorful.

Pavani N said...

Adding Arabic masala to pulao sounds delicious Valli. I love these spice blends that instantly make a boring dish special :-)

Nisha Sundar said...

Thats an amazing spice blend Valli. It must have enhanced the pulav to a next level. Its good to have friends all over the world, so you can enjoy gifts like this.. :) :)

Ruchi Indu said...

I also often make pulaos for lunch box. This seems to be too easy and the arabic masala must e enhancing the taste

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