A favourite potluck lunch, a meal in itself , full of flavours and healthy. Serve it on its own or bit of curd / raita on sides.
Rice - wash drain and keep aside
Ghee (clarified butter) / Cooking oil -1 table spoon
Onion -1 medium finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste (or crushed) -1 teaspoon
Tomato -1 table spoon purée or crushed
Green chillies - 1 finely chopped
Spices (you can eliminate any if its not in pantry or you don't have a taste for it), I used
Bay leaves -2
Cinnamon - 2"stick
Star anise -1
Salt - per taste
Turmeric 1/3 spoon
Garam masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander leaves for garnishing.
In a heavy wok, add Ghee and keep the flame to medium. Once hot add all the aromatics ( spices) , sauté for 30 seconds. Add ginger garlic paste sauté for further 30 seconds.
Now add onion and green chillies (if using) and sauté on low heat for a minute. Now add all the vegetables, turn heat to high, sauté for another minute add tomato purée, salt, turmeric and mix well for a minute or so. Now add rice , turn off the heat, mix well for a minute.
Add Garam masala , transfer into a microwave bowl add water and microwave on high for 20 mins. In case you are not using microwave you can use pressure cooker or rice cooker . In pressure cooker cook for 2 whistles and in rice cooker per the instruction.
Vegetable Pulao ready to be served in 30 minutes.