This is the most comforting one pot meal for me and my whole family.We all love it very much.If you do not have much time but want to prepare a quick and comforting meal, then this is a perfect choice. It is perfect for office lunch box and kids lunch box also. This time I prepared a South Indian style brinjal gravy/kulambu as a side dish for this. Believe me, the combo tasted awesome. (stay tuned for the recipe) I have already posted easy and less spicy vegetable rice before without ginger-garlic paste or tomato puree, this is slightly different from that as I have added tomato paste and ginger garlic paste to this vegetable pulao.Today let us learn how to prepare easy vegetable pulao using the pressure cooker followong this easy mixed vegetable pulao recipe-
Soak rice for 20 minutes. Drain the water completely and keep it aside.
Cut the vegetables lengthwise. (Vegetables I used- beans-6-7, potato -1, cauliflower-6 florets, 1/2 a carrot)
Wash cauliflower well and put it in salted hot water for 5 minutes.
Blend 1 tomato to a paste.
Take a pressure cooker or a pressure pan, heat ghee + oil, add the ingredients mentioned under 'for the seasoning'. After it splutters, add onions and saute till they turn transparent.
Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.
Add tomato puree, green chilli, mixed vegetables, peas, turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt, mint leaves, drained rice and saute for a few minutes.
Then add 2 cups of hot water, lemon juice and close the cooker without weight. Keep it on medium flame.
After it is half cooked, stir the contents and close the cooker with weight. Simmer for 4-5 minutes and switch it off.
Open the cooker, after the pressure subsides. Hot steaming pulao is ready to be served with side dish of your choice. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Perfect Side dish for Pulao
Mixed vegetable raita
Cucumber raita (vellarikkai pachadi)
Paneer butter masala
Brinjal gravy (South Indian style)
Do you love One pot meals just like me, then find lot of one pot meals recipes in the link below
Indian One pot meals
All the recipes in Padhuskitchen has been tried and tested in my kitchen several times, so even a novice can try with confidence.
Tips for beginners- If you take 1 cup of rice, salt needed will be approximately 2 tsp. You can taste the water to check salt. If the water is slightly salty, then it will be perfect once the rice is done.
Instead of cooking directly in the cooker, transfer the contents to another vessel and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Do let me know if you have any doubts.
Stay tuned for the brinjal gravy side dish for this pulao , until then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.