Vegetable Pulao



Ingredients:

  1. Carrots - 2 big
  2. Beans - 15 nos
  3. Onion - 2 big
  4. Beetroot - 1/2
  5. Potato - 2
  6. Green Peas - 1 cup ( fresh / frozen)
  7. Garlic - 10 cloves
  8. Ginger - a quarter size ( finely chopped 1 teaspoon)
  9. Grated coconut - 1 cup
  10. Green chillies - 6-7
  11. Roasted Channa dal ( pottu kadalai) - 1 table spoon
  12. Saunf ( sombu) - 1 teaspoon
  13. Star anise - 1 (optional)
  14. Clove - 2 pieces
  15. Oil - 2 tablespoon
  16. Basmati rice - 2 cups
  17. Water - 2 cups
  18. Salt - 1 teaspoon or to taste.
  19. (Optional) Leftover bread pieces - diced and fried in ghee ( 1 cup) 
Pre-preparation:
  1. Wash the beans and peas and wash and peel the beet, potato and the carrots. 
  2. Cut all the vegetables into thin pieces of an inch or so and keep aside.
  3. Wash the rice and put in the rice cooker container.Add 2 cups of water. Let this soak for 10 mins. Then switch on the rice cooker to cook mode.
  4. Grind the coconut, ginger,channa dal, chillies, garlic,saunf,cloves,without adding water.
Preparation:
  1. Using 2 table spoons of oil, fry the onion till it just turns golden brown ( if you have the star anis, break into a few pieces and add now) and add rest of the vegetables till they are cooked.Add the salt. Using a low flame to saute will retain the color of the vegetables.
  2. Add the ground masala mix with the vegetables and mix thoroughly. Saute for another 10 minutes till the raw fragrance of the ground masala goes.
  3. The rice should have been cooked by now.
  4. Let the rice cool for a few minutes.
  5. Add the vegetable-masala mix to the rice and mix thoroughly using salad fork or something light without mashing or breaking the cooked rice. Mix thoroughly so that each grain of the rice is coated with the vegetables- masala mix.
  6. You can warm it again in the rice cooker or microwave to serve hot.
  7. Add the fried bread pieces and mix once more.
Note: you can also add double beans (overnight soaked and cooked if they are dried double beans), cauliflower florets along with other vegetables.

This goes well with vegetable kurma or onion curd pachadi or both.