This is a simple and delicious one pot meal made with potatoes and capsicum. It makes a perfect lunch box recipe. It is so easy to make and is healthy and filling. Kids and adults will love this a lot.Today we will learn how to prepare Aloo Capsicum Pulao (Indian style) in pressure cooker following our easy recipe with step wise pictures.
|Potato Rice-Mixed Veg Raita-Seasoned curd rice|
Prep time - under 15 mins
Cook time - under 30 mins
Serves - 2
Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Baby potatoes -10-12
Capsicum -2 medium size
Tomato puree - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
For Grinding masala
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Ginger -1 small bit
Garlic -3 cloves
Red chillies - 5
Coriander seeds -1 tsp
Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
Grind all the above ingredients raw to a smooth paste.
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder -1/2 tsp flat
For the seasoning
Oil - 2 tbsp
Bay leaf - 1
Cumin seeds/jeera - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Soak basmati rice for 20 minutes, drain the water completely and keep it aside.
Pressure cook potatoes till soft but not mushy. Peel the skin and keep it ready.
Cut 1 onion length wise and grind 1 or 2 tomatoes as we need half cup of tomato puree also.
Cut capsicum into slightly bigger pieces and keep it ready.
Grind the ingredients mentioned under grinding to a smooth paste and keep it ready. Our masala paste for the pulao is ready below.
Heat oil in a pan or pressure cooker/pan, add bay leaf, jeera seeds and cinnamon, when jeera sizzles, add thinly sliced onions and saute until onions turn translucent.
Add capsicum and saute for a few more seconds.
Then add the ground paste, cooked potatoes, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and saute until the raw smell goes.
Now add the tomato puree and saute until everything gets blended well.
Add 1 1/4 cup of water, salt needed and bring it to boil. (remember we have added 1/2 cup of tomato puree and masala paste, so you do not have to add 2 cups of water)
When water starts boiling, add the drained basmati rice, mix well and close the cooker without weight. Keep it in low flame. When it is half cooked, stir the contents and close it with the weight and keep it in very low flame for 4-5 minutes.
Open the cooker, fluff it gently with a fork, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with raita/pachadi.
Note - If you cannot get baby potatoes, you can pressure cook big potatoes and cut it into cubes.
You can cook rice in any method you are comfortable with. Refer other methods on How to cook Basmati Rice.
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