Pulao is a main rice dish similar to biryani. There are some differences, though. Biryani generally has more spices, so it is heavier on flavor. Biryani is also layered, with the ingredients cooked separately. Last but not least, pulao is much much easier to prepare, meaning you can cook it in a rice cooker. Here is a simple pulao recipe that we enjoyed the other night for dinner.
- 2 cups rice, soaked for 30 minutes
- kala jeera, 1/2 tsp
- whole garam masala*
- ginger garlic paste, 1 tsp
- green chilis, 1 chopped
- onion, 1 small chopped
- vegetables, any choice, cut into pieces
- yogurt, 1 cup
- mint, 1 tbsp chopped roughly
- coriander leaves, 2 tbsp chopped
- oil, 2 tbsp
- salt, to taste
In the rice cooker pot, add the rice and the correct amount of water and soak for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a pan heat oil. Once hot add whole garam masala and kala jeera. Once it starts to smell, add onions and green chilis, and saute till translucent. Add ginger garlic paste and stir till raw smell goes away. Add mint and coriander leaves, stir, then add vegetables and mix. Add yogurt and stir.
Add vegetable mixture to rice cooker and gently stir adding salt to taste. Cook till timer goes off. Let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
Serve with raita.
*Whole Garam Masala= green cardamoms, black cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, mace, bay leaf, black peppercorns