Riot-of- colour Pulao with Yogurt Curry

Riot-of- colour Pulao with Yogurt Curry

Riot of color Pulao

Thanks for all those who participated in the first event at Saffron Trail. The Weekend Breakfast Blogging table was filled with breakfast foods from around the world. Check out the round up with the guidelines to WBB#2 here.

Pulao is so common-place and biryani is so much effort. I like a pulao that's simple to make and yet has all the exotica of the biryani. This was the first time I was using some finely chopped beet in a rice recipe, the result was a beautiful colour and a subtle sweet taste. The raisins and dried apricots added another layer of taste and texture. Though we make it a point not have rice more than once a week-in order to avoid refined carbs, this kind of veggie-rice mix makes sure we don't load up much on rice.

It looks like a lot of ingredients down there, but you will readily find most of the stuff in your pantry. Things that you don't find can be easily replaced.

Riot-of- colour Pulao with Yogurt Curry

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Riot-of- colour Pulao with Yogurt CurryRiot of color Pulao Thanks for all those who participated in the first event at Saffron Trail. The Weekend Breakfast Blogging table was filled with breakfast foods from around the world. Check out the round up with the guidelines to WBB#2 here. Pulao is so common-place and biryani is so much effort....

Summary

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    Ingredients

    Basics
    Heaped long grained fragrant rice like Basmati
    1 cup
    Aromatics
    Bay leaves
    2
    Cloves
    4-5
    Stick cinnamon
    1
    Star anise
    2-3
    Cumin seeds
    1 tsp
    Few black pepper corns
    Finely chopped fresh ginger
    1 tsp
    Finely chopped garlic
    1 tsp
    Vegetables / Fruits:
    Small beet finely milled(You can pretty much add any vegetables that you have at home)
    1
    Large carrot-cut into sticks
    1
    Frozen peas 
    handful
    Large onion-sliced
    1
    Large potato-cut into sticks
    1
    Raisins*
    handful
    Dried apricots-sliced (Use any dried fruits you have)
    5-6
    Others
    Red chilli powder
    1 tsp
    My homemade curry powder / use any coriander-cumin based powder (will share my recipe soon) 
    1 tsp
    Turmeric powder
    1/4 tsp
    Garam masala powder
    1/2 tsp
    Oil
    2(T)
    Salt
    to taste
    For Curry (Also called Kadi)
    Sour yogurt
    1 1/2 cups
    Water
    1 1/2 cups
    Heaped gram flour
    1(T)
    Green chilli finely chopped
    1
    Turmeric powder
    pinch
    Salt
    1/2 tsp

    Steps

    1. Recipe for Pulao:
    2. Wash rice in plenty of water. Soak it in hot water for 30 minutes.
    3. In a large wok, heat oil. Put in all the aromatics except ginger-garlic. Once cumin seeds start popping, add the ginger and garlic. Saute for a few seconds.
    4. Add all the chopped vegetables, dried fruits, chilli powder, curry powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, salt. Saute for 4-5 minutes on a medium flame until all the ingredients come together nicely and the vegetables are half cooked.
    5. Add the drained rice to this. Saute for 2 minutes. Add one cup water to the wok, cover with a lid which has a steam outlet, or leave some space between wok and lid. Keep the flame on SIM, and do not keep stirring the rice. After 7-8 minutes, check if rice is cooked. If not sprinkle some more water and cook till rice is done.
    6. Check for salt and serve piping hot with yogurt based curry.
    7. Pulao served with Kadi
      Riot-of- colour Pulao with Yogurt Curry
    8. Recipe for Curry(Also called Kadi):
    9. Put all the above ingredients in a saucepan. Whisk the mixture well, so that the flour doesn't stay in lumps.
    10. Keep the pan on a medium flame, and keep stirring the curry continuously or else the yogurt will separate out.
    11. Let the curry come to a boil, take it off the flame.
    12. In a small kadai / ladle, heat a tsp of oil. Add some curry leaves, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 3-4 cloves and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds.
    13. As they splutter, put the tempered oil into the curry. Stir well and garnish with coriander. Keep a lid on the pan until you serve it.

    Note:

    *I used Organic Greek Currants bought from the Spice Shop in London on my recent trip

    Check out:

    ~Are you getting ready for the Jihva for Flour-event hosted by Santhi's Kitchen? Details here.

    ~Meeta's innovative BPW event here.

    ~Barbara's It's too darned hot round up Part 1 over here.

    This is my entry for Cate's ARF Tuesdays.

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