Friday, 10 April 2009

Peas Capsicum Pulao

It was a usual weekend day, when brother called in short notice that he is coming home . I was bit confused what to make for lunch cuz we were running short of veggies. Then found an almost finished packet of peas in the freezer and 2 capsicums. An idea blinked on mind and thus happened this pulao.A
lso made a Beef Potato curry to go with it .
This is my entry to Chaitra's Rice feast event . Check out !

Things needed :
Basmati Rice - 1 kg
Peas - 1 big cup
Red Capsicum - 2
Onion - 2 big , sliced
Green chillies - 2 or 3 slit
Ginger - Garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Bay leaves - 3 , broken
Cardamom - 3 , seeds crushed
Cloves - 10
Cinnamon - 4 - 5 small pieces
Mint leaves - 2 spring

Cashew nuts
Ghee , vegetable oil
Salt - 3 + 1/2 tsp for rice , 1/2 tsp for capsicum

Preparation method :
Wash & drain the rice.
Heat some Ghee in a deep vessel in which you want to make fried rice.
Fry the nuts , raisins ( ready to take when looks plum) , slit green chillies & Onions in order.
Onion should be well fried and brown . Keep the fried things aside.

Add the Cloves,Cardamom ,Cinnamon sticks in the Ghee.
When the cloves starts to splutter , add the Ginger - Garlic paste and saute.
Now add the peas and drained rice. Add enough water , 3 + 1/2 tsp salt and allow to cook .
Note : Usually the water added is double the measure of rice. But it would be perfect if you add a little bit less than the double measure.
When there is enough steam in the vessel ( water starts dropping from the lid) , lower down the heat and cook the rice in very low temperature . ( I usually turn offs the heat) .

Meantime we can prepare Capsicum . Heat Ghee ( you can also use vege. oil) in a nonstick pan. Add Capsicum and saute until it is slightly soft . Season with salt and keep aside.

When the rice is done check with a fork to see if the water has been absorbed .
Then toss in the Capsicum , Fried onions, nuts , raisins and chopped Mint leaves . Mix with the fork. Close the lid and keep for 5 min. Peas - Capsicum pulao is ready now .
Serve with a Yogurt- onion- tomato salad and papad.
I served it with salad and Beef Potato curry.



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