Thursday, 11 February 2016

Indian Winter Vegetable Pulao / Pilaf


Winter Vegetable Pualo, one of the most delicious rice dish, must enjoy during cold season. It's Packed with all the goodness, and a tasty, flavoursome dish.

In winter mostly people have that special attraction towards winter veg and fruits. Although in modern times most of the veg and fruit are available through out whole year, but there seems to be more enjoyment in using some particular vegetables in winter.

I've grown up eating Indian vegetables like red juicy carrots, fresh and vibrant Palak, Methi, Various kind of fresh and plumpy beans and the last but not least my favourite Aubergine and Green Garlic.


Although I do not reside in India, the craze of having winter vegetables has not died yet, every week I travel to get hold of those fresh and colourful Indian winter vegetables for my everyday cooking.

Indian winter vegetables are our family favourites. Usually summer and monsoon vegetables are used in making sabji or curry but Indian winter vegetables can be used in everything, use carrots to make Sabji, Halwa or pickle,  make palak paneer or palak puri, use methi for sabji, daal or paratha , Use fresh peas and beans to prepare sabji, make Kachoris or simply make delicious rice dishes ! Exactly that's what I have done I have prepared Rice dish using mixed Indian winter vegetables. I think this is best dish to celebrate Winter !




You will need :-

  • 2 cup cooked and cooled basmati rice
  • 3 tbsp. oil or ghee ( If you are vegan use oil )
  • 1 tbsp. whole spices ( Cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper )
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 8-10 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tsp. ginger and garlic crushed
  • 3-4 green chillies chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Green Garlic ( Lilu Lasan )
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Kitchen King Masala or Biryani Masala
  • 1 small tomato chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup mixed beans ( Green peas, fresh tuver, Surti Papadi lilva , Val papdi lilva ) steamed or boiled
  • 1/4 cup cashew and raisins
  • 1 cup finely chopped spinach ( Puree , work too )
  • 3 tbsp. Fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
Method :-
Heat oil or ghee in a heavy bottom pan or kadai.
Add whole spices and cumin seeds.
Once they crackle add onion and sauté till it turns light pink.
Now add ginger, garlic. green chillies and curry leaves.
After few seconds add chopped tomato and let it cook on a low heat.
After tomato cooked, add kitchen king masala and salt.
Add green garlic, coriander, cashews and raisins. 
Mix well, add steamed mix beans and spinach.
Add lemon juice and cook for couple of minutes.
Now add cooked rice, gently mix and cook for 1 minute.
Serve hot with Gujarati Kadhi and roasted or fried papad.
Enjoy !!














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2 comments:

  1. Love making veg pulao whenever I need to a quick but wholesome meal. Looks really so tempting.

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  2. Now a days its very hard to find the vegetable season.Making of pilaf with fresh seasonal vegetables must be delicious.

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