Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tava Pulav

Tava Pulav (Serves 2)

1 cup basmati rice
1 onion
1 tomato
1 capsicum
1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, french beans, cauliflower, mushroom, peas, baby corn) (optional)
1 cup curd
2 tbsp oil
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp tava pulav masala
2 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp garam masala
salt to taste

1. Wash the basmati rice properly. Soak it for 15-20 minutes in water. Drain the water. Keep aside.
2. Chop the onions, tomatoes and capsicum length wise. If using other vegetables clean and dice them and keep aside.
3. Boil water in a heavy pan. When the water comes to a rolling boil add the rice, add a 2-5 drops of lemon juice and a drop of ghee. Let the rice cook. After the rice is done, drain the water. Keep aside the cooked rice.
4. In a pan heat the oil, add a bay leaf followed by onions. Once the onions are soft and cooked add the tomatoes and cook till they leave oil. Add the curd.
5.Add tava pulav masala, salt, garam masala and red chilly powder. Mix well.
6. Add the capsicum and stir fry. Add the mixed vegetables.
7. Add the cooked rice and mix it. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
Garnish with coriander.

Serve hot with raita

Tip: This rice is hot and spicy to taste, adjust the masalas according to your spice quotient.