Vegetable Pulao


Pulaos are a very famous dish in India. it is prepared using rice,there are many varieties of pulao Peas pulao Spicy veg Pulao the one here is made without onion & garlic. This recipe is very easy to prepare, as it doesn’t have too many ingredients and can be cooked quickly.One can add any vegetables by choice.Serve with Pickle & Raita.I have cooked in  my electric rice cooker. Today on eve of Krishna Janmashtami I prepared this recipe as we don’t eat onion-garlic food today.One can prepare for kids tiffin if they like a bit spice or for a spouse.

ingredients

Rice 1.5 cup

Ginger Chilli paste 1 tsp

Mixed Vegetable 1/2 cup

Bay Leaf 1

Cardamom 1

Big Cardamom 1

Cloves 2

Cumin Seeds 1 tsp

Turmeric 1/4 tsp

Coriander Powder 1 tsp

Beaten Yogurt 1 tbsp

Mint leaves few

Water 3 cup

Salt to taste

Ghee 1 tbsp or Any Cooking oil

Method

Wash & Soak rice for 20 min.Heat a pan then add ghee .add cumin seeds ,bay leaf Cardamom,Big Cardamom ,Cloves once it gave a fragrant add ginger-green chilli paste.saute & then add vegetables adding turmeric powder & coriander powder beaten yogurt cook till vegetables become soft ,add salt & few mint leaves which enhance flavor of rice,add soaked rice a stir slowly so that rice doesn’t break .Transfer into rice cooker bowl then adding water & press cook mode.once rice cooked & become fluffy.Before Serving remove bay leaves,cardamom & big Cardamom & cloves.Serve hot with Pickles & Raita.

 

Tindora Stir-fry with Onion


Ivy gourd in Hindi called as tindora/kundri/kundru. Tindora is a very healthy vegetable.I was a big fan of tindora and now my daughter too.I like to eat from my childhood.Now I make it at least once a week for my family.mostly we bought vegetables from American supermarket but few specific Indian vegetables we have to make a  trip to the Indian grocery store.My husband &  daughter is not keen to visit  Indian grocery store.One condition they agree if I will buy tindora.Many ways to cook tindora deep fried /with curry.my family like a simple stir fry with onion as a side dish to rice,dal or chappati.

Ingredients

20 Ivy Gourd/Tindora/Kundri

1/2 cups onion sliced(thin)

1  tablespoon oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 dry red chili pepper

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon Coriander powder

White pepper powder to taste

Red chili powder to taste

Salt to taste

Method

Wash the ivy gourds/tindora & pat dry.slice off a tiny bit at the two ends to remove the stem and the remains of the flowers if there are any. Then slice them in half and then in fours in thin strips.Heat oil in a thick bottomed skillet. Add the dry chili pepper and the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle  add the sliced gourds to the pan  along with red chili powder,turmeric powder & coriander powder cook on medium heat,once ivy gourd half cooked add sliced onion ,salt & white pepper powder. Cook until the gourds and onions are soft to bite in. The onions and the gourd might brown and that is okay.Turn off heat.It is a side dish, served along with rice and dal or Chappati.

 

 

Beetroot stir fry


Beetroot stirfry is a preparation where the grated vegetables are sauteed in spices and .It’s a great accompaniment to full meals and is a very hit recipe in the southern part of India Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate.It’s an easy, healthy & nutritious recipe.Being a north Indian we spend few years in a southern part of India @hyderabad.My daughter ate with rice and calls the dish as pink rice. It’s one of her favourites.she ate first at my neighbour home afterwards weekly twice she prefer to eat this vegetable either in lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

Beetroots – 2 grated

Bengal Gram – 2 tsp

Black Gram – 1  1/2tsp

Cumin  Seeds – 1 tsp

Dry Red Chilies – 2

Curry Leaves – 2-3

Turmeric Powder – a pinch

Coriander powder 1 tsp

Salt – To Taste

Oil – 2 tsp

Onion 1 tbsp finely chopped

Method

Wash & peel beetroot then grate it & keep aside.Heat oil in a pan and add Bengal gram ,black gram,cumin and let it splutter. Add in the curry leaves, red chilli .Fry for a minute then adding chopped onions and salt and fry till soft and tender.add turmeric powder and coriander powder fry for few seconds.then adding grated beetroot sprinkle salt and stir.cover and let the veggies cook till they are done.sprinkle some water if the moisture dries in the pan.keep on checking during intervals and sprinkle water whenever required.when the veggies are cooked well.Turn off heat & serve with rice or chappati

Tips :- preparing for small kids then adjust spices.