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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Vegetable Pulav - Using Home Made Masala

1.5 cups White Rice(Preferred: Basmathi or Sona Masuri)
20 - 25 Beans
2 medium sized Carrots
1 - 2 floret of Cauliflower (Optional)
1/2 - 3/4 cup soaked / frozen Green Peas
1 inch sized Cinnamon / Chekke / Dalchini
2 Cardamoms / Elakki / Elachi
3 Colves / Lavanga
1/2 tsp Coriander seeds
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds / Sompu / Saunf
4 - 5 Black Peppers / Kaalu Menasu / Kari Menasu
2 Garlic pods / Bellulli
Small piece of Ginger
6-8 Coriander leaves
4 - 5 Mint leaves
2 Green Chillies
1/3 - 1/2 cup grated Coconut
1/2 medium sized Tomato
1 medium sized Onion (1/3 for Masala + 2/3 for Frying)
1 Bay leaf / Dalchini Ele
5 - 6 tsp Ghee/Oil (Preferred: Ghee)
Salt to taste

Chop beans, carrot, cauliflower and 2/3 onion into medium sized thin pieces as shown in the picture below.
Chop tomato, remaining 1/3 of onion, coriander leaves as shown in the picture below. Remove the outer cover of garlic and mash. Mash the ginger and cut the green chillies into two halves as shown in the picture below.

Wash rice in water for about 2-3 times, drain the water and keep it aside.
Put all the dry ingredients(cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves, coriander seeds, black peppers and fennel seeds), 1 tsp oil/ghee in a pan and fry them in medium/low flame until they give nice aroma. Add mashed ginger, garlic and green chillies and fry them for about 1-2 mins in medium flame. Add 1/3 of chopped onion and fry them for about 2 mins in medium flame. Add coriander leaves, mint leaves and fry them for about 1-2 mins in medium flame. Add chopped tomato and fry them for few seconds. Add grated coconut, mix well and switch off the flame.

Grind this fried masala into smooth paste by adding very little amount of water.

Put 4-5 tsp ghee/oil, bay leaf in a pressure cooker and fry for few seconds. Add 2/3 of chopped onion and fry them in medium flame until they turn light golden in color. Add rice and fry them for about 2 mins in medium flame. Add ground masala and fry them for about 2 mins in medium flame. Add chopped vegetables, green peas and fry them for about 2 mins in medium flame. Add 3 cups of water(It may vary depending upon the quality of rice), salt, mix them well and cook.(3 whistles in pressure cooker.)

It goes well with any kind of Raithas/ Mosaru gojju. Above mentioned ingredients will serve 4- 5 plates of vegetable pulav.


kitchen queen said...

hmm------------delicious pulav and very colourful and tempting.

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Ramya said...

I sugest here a small/minor change in the recipie of pulao.Instead of grinding the coconut with masala,try adding the coconut milk.I have prepared this way,it gives better taste.

Anonymous said...

looks so tasty... photos are too good...

- Sindhoo

tooth said...

I am going to try this. Looks Yummy. Was searching for this recipe ( without using MTR) from long. Found it now!!

Pratiba Bhat said...

i'll try this on sunday. :)

Pratiba Bhat said...

Hi, I tried this recipe today :) Although I didn't have cauliflower, somehow managed to do it :) came out tasty too :) I shall be giving a link to your post from my blog :) :) :)

Pratiba Bhat said...

thank you so much for the recipe :) here is what i tried :) :)

Vani said...
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Krishnaveni said...


I have not used Saffola rice.. so I am not sure about that. For Sona Masuri rice I use 2 cups of water for 1 cup of Rice and for Basmathi rice I use little more than 1.5 cups of water for 1 cup of Rice.

Vani said...
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Vani said...

Veni, I think you have not updated here when to add kalu menasu, & I prepared it without putting kalu menasu still it was good. please update it.

Anjali said...

Hi, I am from Karnataka n this version of pulav is a specialty here..juz love it was totally excited to try out your recipe. I am surprised how u got that green color with such few num of mint and coriander leaves coz I tried with the same proportion n it came nowhere close to that color :( I wonder why!

Krishnaveni Nalka said...


I have not added anything else.

Kiran said...

Hi, I tried this recipe for tonight's dinner and it turned out yummy. Me and my husband got bored of using store bought biryani masala and looking for one without much masala. I am so glad that I visited your blog and this turned out to be my lucky day. It turned out just like yours but I couldn't add Cauliflower . Thanks for this delicious recipe! keep posting!!

vezlay said...

all the dish taste is amazing. how do you made but i am appreciated you for all the dish