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.
  • 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
  • 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.

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

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

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

    Kairali sisters

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

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

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

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

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

  9. Pilaf looks really yummy and colorful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  17. Mouthwatering recipe....nice presentation

  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

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

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

    Have a nice weekend !!
    Hamaree Rasoi

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

  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 ))))


  23. questa ricetta è davvero meravigliosa!!ciao!

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

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

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

  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 :)

  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

  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.

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

  31. totally agree with 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  37. மிக அருமையாக இருக்கு கூல்!!

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

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

  40. Wow! What a delicious looking and healthy pulav

  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! ;)

  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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