This is a recipe for a One Pot Vegetable Pulao. It is an easy to make pulao where are the ingredients are added in the same pot and that includes the rice too. For a recipe where rice is cooked separately and added, check out the Vegetable Pulao here.
Serves: 4 to 6 Persons
Prep. Time: 15 Mins.
Cooking Time: 20 Mins.
[ Standard Measure: 1 cup = 250 ml ]
- Basmati Rice – 1 ½ cup
- Paneer (cubed) – 100 gms
- Cashew Nuts (halved) – 6
- Onion (sliced) – 2 medium
- Capsicum (chopped) – 1 large
- Carrot (peeled and chopped) – 1 large
- Green Peas (frozen, thawed) – ⅓ cup
- Light Green Chillies (slit) – 3 to 4
- Ginger-Garlic Paste (fresh) – 1 tsp.
- Bay Leaf – 4 to 5 small
- Cinnamon – 1 inch
- Black Cardamom – 2
- Green Cardamom – 3
- Black Pepper Corns – 10 to 12
- Cumin – ½ tsp.
- Cloves – 6 to 8
- Star Anise – 1
- Ghee – 3 tbsp.
- Salt – 1 ½ tsp. or to taste
Step 1: Wash and soak the rice for 20 minutes. Chop and prep the vegetables.
Step 2: Heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel and fry the cashew nuts on low heat till light golden. Then remove and keep aside.
Step 3: Now add the cumin and let it splutter. Then add the bay leaves, black and green cardamom, cloves, star anise and cinnamon and sauté for 30 seconds.
Step 4: Next add the onion and green chillies and sauté till pink.
Step 5: Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a minute. Then add the carrots, capsicum and peas and continue to sauté on low heat for a minute. The add the paneer.
Step 6: Drain the rice and add to the sauted vegetables. Saute for 2 minutes on low heat so as to coat all the rice grains but be gentle so that the rice grains do not break.
Step 7: Add the salt and mix lightly. Then add 2 ½ cups of hot water and mix lightly. Check for salt and add if needed.
Step 8: Cover the vessel and bring to a boil on high heat. Take off the lid and mix lightly. The cook covered on low heat for 8 to 10 minutes till the rice is cooked. Switch off the heat and when cooled a bit, use a fork to fluff the rice and serve with a Cucumber Carrot Raita (click here) or a Boondi Raita (click here).