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Friday, May 14, 2010

Minty Mixed Vegetable Pilaf

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I am a big fan of one-pot dishes. They are quick and easy to make with plenty of flavors that they don't really need a side. This minty Pilaf/Pulao/Plav is one such dish that can be eaten as is. The cooling yogurt based side-dish is totally optional.Speaking of which, can you guess what the star ingredient of that yogurt dish is?It is not cucumber if that is what you are thinking.
Ingredients:
  • Basmati Rice - 1 1/2 cups, soaked in cold water at-least 20 minutes prior to cooking
  • Carrot - 1 1/2, peeled and cut into sticks
  • Red Pepper - 1/2, diced
  • Green Pepper - 1/2, diced
  • Corn Kernels - 1/2 cup
  • Stale toasted Bread slices - 2, cubed (Optional)
  • Fresh or Frozen Green peas - 1/2 cup
  • Red Onion - 1, small, fine diced
  • Star Anise - 1
  • Cardamom - 2 pods
  • Oil - 3 tbsp
For the Masala:
  • Mint Leaves - 1 1/2 cup, cleaned and chopped
  • Cilantro - 1 cup, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • Hot Green Chili - 3, vertically slit (Use less of less heat)
  • Roma Tomato - 1, chopped
  • Red Onion - 1 1/2, small, chopped
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, large
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch
  • Cloves - 3
  • Cinnamon Stick - 1/4 of a stick
  • Peppercorns - 1 tsp
Procedure:
  • In a saute pan, heat a tbsp of oil and add the masala ingredients in this order - cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, garlic, green chili, onions, mint and ginger.
  • Saute until the onions is browned. Add the tomatoes and saute for a couple more minutes.
  • Switch off the stove and add the cilantro.
  • Cool the mixture and grind to a fine paste. Set aside.
  • In the same saute pan, heat the remaining oil and add the cardamom, star anise and carrot.Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add the green pepper, red pepper, corn kernels and green peas. Saute for 5 more minutes.
  • Add the ground masala and stir to coat the vegetables.
  • Sprinkle salt and check for taste.
  • Drain the rice completely of water.Add the rice to the pan and gently mix without breaking it.
  • Add water(4 cups for this recipe) and close the lid. Cook on low flame for 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle more water if needed. Stir in the bread cubes, if using. 
  • Serve hot with cold Raita(Cooling Yogurt Based side dish)
Makes 3-4 Servings.

Enjoy!
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49 comments:

  1. I also love one-pot dishes :) This one looks perfect!

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  2. OMG! Your pilaf looks outstanding and delicious! And I love that yogurt side dish too!

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  3. Wow pulav looks great and colorful...Lassie cool click too..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  4. Vegetable pulav looks delicious,I am a big fan of one pot dishes too.

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  5. Lovely dish. I like the convenience of a one-pot meal. Less pots/pans to wash later :-)

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  6. Wat a catchy and colourful pilaf, lovely dish..

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  7. even i love one pot dishes...but mine never never comes out well :(

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  8. Wow pulav looks great and colorful...Lassie cool click too..

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  9. Pilaf looks really yummy and colorful.

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  10. OO! that looks soo tempting, love the presentation.

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  11. I love the masala for this. I am sure to try it out some day.

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  12. ce riz pilaf est rempli de bonnes saveurs comme je les aime, bravo
    bonne soirée

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  13. Hi dear, fantastic recipe and wonderful look! Kisses, Good night

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  14. Un plat plein de saveurs et de bonnes choses à manger.
    J'aime beaucoup.
    See soon.

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  15. A delicious rice dish with a lot of flavors! Thanks for posting it!

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  16. One pot dinners are great! I hate washing pots and pans. This rice looks colorful and delicious. I will have to try the yogurt sauce.

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  17. Mouthwatering recipe....nice presentation

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  18. ya pulao and biriyani thats always the best choice because with a simple side dish with yogurt will go with it the mint pilaf looks simly superb ..athe veges and mint nice combination ..lovely picture too

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  19. Pilaf looks colorful and delicious dear. Nice one.

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  20. One pot dishes are always welcome in my kitchen...Pulao looks very colorful and delicious.

    Deepa
    Have a nice weekend !!
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  21. Love all the version of puloa. I like your version and am def gonna try yours. Looking so rich and delectable.

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  22. Looks very enticing & divine... I can only imagine & experience the taste, & not really have it, right now.... :-( But well prepared pilaf.... Would love to try it soon..... Hugs ))))

    Ash...
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  23. questa ricetta è davvero meravigliosa!!ciao!

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  24. Hey Cool, very nice pilaf dear well presented me too like to have more raita with pilaf or biriyani.

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  25. This dish looks so refreshing, with the mint and all of the veggies! Is the mystery yogurt ingredient cabbage?

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  26. Lovely Minty recipe...I make a similar one! yummy!

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  27. Delicious-looking pulav with the raita...looks colorful and perfect with all the veggies...even I use a lot of mint when I am making briyanis or pulav..can't do without them :)

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  28. This looks amazing. This is my first visit to your blog. I had intended only to say hello, but I was lured by your photos into reading some of your earlier posts. You have wonderful recipes and I'll be back often to see what you've been cooking. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  29. Love one pot dishes. I dislike using too many vessels to prepare anything. I could not take my eyes off the photo that you have posted. It looks very real.

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  30. Palif looks delicious and colorful..nice one.

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  31. totally agree with you..one pot dishes are so healthy n easy way to prepare with varities of flavours....that pilaf look so colorful n delicious...thanks for sharing this!

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  32. It looks more like a biriyani :) The picture shows how tasty it would have been. Perfect :)

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  33. oh yeah, one pot dishes totally rule! this pulav looks so delicious and tempting.

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  34. That my fav one as I love minty veg rice.. Any time Of the day I can have this.. too tempting..

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  35. One pot dishes are the best. Yours looks wonderful.

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  36. I love pilaf. Thanks for sharing a new way of cooking this dish.

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  37. மிக அருமையாக இருக்கு கூல்!!

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  38. I enjoy dishes that are all in one too. This looks like a great rice meal.

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  39. Hi dear! In my blog there are the awards for you! kisses

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  40. Wow! What a delicious looking and healthy pulav

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  41. WOW, that's a truly divine vege pilaf dear! I feel really hungry right now! Y U have to torture me like this??? hehehe! ;)

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  42. I'm a huge fan of one pot dish too ! This looks so drooling good... I've never tried minty flavoured not sure if my family will like it

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