Saturday, July 13, 2019

Rice Cooker Vegetable Pulao

I remember reading an interview in a magazine of Virat Kohli where he talks about his journey of weight loss and fitness.One thing which I noticed was how he said his favorite meal was Naan and Butter chicken and it's been few years since he had it last.I was appalled and silently admired his willpower,but at the same time I asked myself if ever I would be able to give up something similar,say Naan and Paneer Butter Masala.
I have tried to do that a couple of times and failed miserably.One of my favorite weekend indulgence was a home-delivery from our favorite restaurant close by.The order is the same-Butter Naan,Paneer Butter Masala and Veg Fried Rice.I usually have it for at least two meals and whoa,the satisfaction :) But I haven't had it since last two months now,that is a big achievement for me if you ask.
I would be lying if I said I didn't miss it.I do,badly so.But I decided that whenever that craving strikes,I'll make a homemade version.Less oil,less calories and the added advantage of it being made at home,fresh.I quickly whip up a Rice cooker vegetable pulao with loads of vegetables and a Pressure Cooker{OPOS style} Paneer Butter Masala.Happy Tummy :)
If you have a rice cooker,this Pulao gets done in a jiffy.If you don't,worry not,I make the same thing in a Pressure cooker too.Same procedure and I cook it for exactly ONE whistle.So let's get going :))

Rice Cooker Vegetable Pulao

Ingredients

Basmati Rice - 1 1/2 cups
Ghee/Oil - 2 tbsp
Cashewnuts- 5-6,halved
Bay leaf -1
Cardamom -2
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 1/2' stick
Onion - 1 medium,thinly sliced
Green chilly - 1
Carrot - 1 big,chopped
Green peas - 1/4 cup
Baby corn - 3-4,sliced
Beans - 4-5,sliced
Capsicum - 1/4 cup,chopped
Kasoori Methi - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Water - 3 cups
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp,chopped

Method

Wash the rice well till water runs clear and soak for about 15-20 minutes.
In a pan{I directly cook in the rice cooker pan,if you don't,do this in a different pan and then transfer to the rice cooker pan after cooking}add ghee/oil and the whole garam masala and cashew nuts.Saute till the cashew turn golden.
Add onion and green chilly and saute till the onions start changing colour.
Mix in all the vegetables{except capsicum} and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add garam masala,drained rice and give a good mix.
Now mix in salt to taste,water and mix well.
Switch on the rice cooker on the COOK mode.
Meanwhile in a small tadka pan add a bit of oil/ghee and saute capsicum for a minute.Mix in the kasoori methi and switch off the pan.
Once the cooker shuts down,open the lid and add the capsicum and fluff with a fork.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with some raita or Paneer Butter Masala.

Step by Step Pictorial

Wash the rice well till water runs clear and soak for about 15-20 minutes.
In a pan{I directly cook in the rice cooker pan,if you don't,do this in a different pan and then transfer to the rice cooker pan after cooking}add ghee/oil and the whole garam masala and cashew nuts.Saute till the cashew turn golden.
Add onion and green chilly and saute till the onions start changing colour.
Mix in all the vegetables{except capsicum} and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add garam masala,
drained rice and 
give a good mix.
Now mix in salt to taste,
water and mix well.
Switch on the rice cooker on the COOK mode.
Meanwhile in a small tadka pan add a bit of oil/ghee and saute capsicum for a minute.
Mix in the kasoori methi and switch off the pan.
Once the cooker shuts down,open the lid 
and add the capsicum and fluff with a fork.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with some raita or Paneer Butter Masala.


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