Vegetable Pulao

This pulao can be made with your favorite combination of vegetables. It is loaded with vegetables and a favorite comfort food in our kitchen.

Makes about 8 servings.

Ingredients

Basmati rice : 2 cups
Carrots – chopped : 1 cup
Green beans – chopped : 1 cup
Potatoes – chopped : 1 cup
Peas : 1 cup
Cardamom (Elaichi) : Seeds from 5 pods
Cloves (Lavang) : 5
Green Chillies : 6 – 8
Fresh grated coconut : 1 cup
Onion – finely chopped : 1 big
Ginger : 1 inch piece
Ghee : 5 tablespoons
Salt to taste :

Directions

Grind cardamom, cloves, green chillies, coconut, onion and ginger into a masala paste using a blender or food processor.
In a heavy pan, heat 5 tablespoons of ghee. Add the paste and cook it until the ghee begins to separate.
Add the vegetables to the paste and cook for 5 minutes until tender-crisp.
Add the rice to the vegetable mixture and fry for another couple of minutes.
Transfer everything into a rice cooker.
Add salt and 4½ cups of water to the rice and vegetable mixture and cook.
Optionally, cook the rice in a large saucepan. Bringing the rice mixture, salt, and water to a rolling boil. Then lower the heat, cover the saucepan, and cook for another 10 minutes (or until the water is completely absorbed). Fluff with a fork before serving.
Serve hot with raita and chips.

Recipe Credit : Shanta Rao