An easy one-pot meal, this pulao can be put together when you are in a hurry. This is the perfect meal for a bachelor to make as it does not need many utensils as well as a lot of skills to make it.
This also makes a perfect school or work packed lunch. You can also prep this the night before and if you are using a rice cooker, keep it in the cooker to cook overnight. Then in the morning, you have fresh pulao all ready for you before you leave for school or work!
- 1 cup basmati rice, washed and soaked for 15 minutes
- 1 cup chopped mixed vegetables (I used potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, green peas and sweet corn)
- 2-3 tablespoons frozen paneer refreshed in hot water for 10 minutes
- 1 onion, sliced thinly
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 bay leaf
- 4-5 cloves of cardamom
- 3-4 cloves
- 1-star anise
- 10-15 cashew nuts, chopped
- 2 tsp golden raisins
- 2 green chillies, chopped
- 1-inch piece of ginger julienned
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp ghee
- Wash the rice well and remove all the water and keep aside.
- Heat a pan and when it is warm, add the ghee. When the ghee liquefied, add the cumin seeds and when the seeds pop, add the bay leaf, cloves, cardamom and star anise. Stir each for a few seconds before adding the next ingredient.
- Add the green chillies and ginger and stir well.
- Add the cashew nuts and the raisins and stir for a few seconds.
- Next add the onions and stir, letting it become translucent.
- Next, add the chopped vegetables and stir well. Add the washed and drained rice next along with the salt and stir well, letting the salt coat the rice grains and vegetables.
- Remove from the flame and put this mixture into a rice cooker and add the water (normally I add ¾ cup water to 1 cup of Basmati rice, but you can play with it depending on the rice you use)
- When the rice is done, fluff with a fork and serve with any gravy or a raita.