Saturday, February 21, 2009

Cauliflower and Peas pulao

You cannot always make elaborate meals. Sometimes you might be out of veggies or time or ideas. On any such occasion you could make this. A quick fix that would definitely score. Its also a good choice if you want to pack lunch for someone.

1 cup Basmathi rice
1/2 cup chopped cauliflower florets
1/4 cup frozen peas
4 to 5 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger
2 green chillies
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 tsp salt(according to your taste)
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds
little pepper and cumin powder
Wash and soak the rice for 30 mins. Cook the rice with half the salt separately(Use water as per your rice, I use 1 1/2 cups of water). Meanwhile soak the cauliflower florets in hot water for 5 mins. Grind the ginger, garlic and green chillies into a paste. Heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot enough, add the cumin seeds. Then add the chopped onions. Saute for 2 mins and add the ginger garlic and green chilli paste. Saute for 3 mins. Now add the cauliflower and saute till they are half done. Then add the frozen peas and cook till the veggies are done. Add the remaining salt, ghee and the cooked rice. Mix them carefully with the veggies without breaking the rice. Finally sprinkle some pepper and cumin powder and mix. Serve with any curry or just with plain raitha. A yummy meal with less effort:)
Instead of the ginger, garlic and green chilli paste, you can use stored bought ginger garlic paste and finely chopped green chillies.