Monday, December 25, 2006


Hey ......wondering what this is??? I have this very bad habit of assigning prefixes to recipes given by my friends, by their names. Well, for one... I feel it's easier to remember the recipe since there are tons of recipes for Pulao for instance. And the other thing is that I think the credit should go to the person who has come up with the recipe. So what more can you do than naming the recipe after them. Some of you might find this offensive but I have used these names with the knowledge of my friends and they don't mind it at all.

Ingredients: serves 2
Basmathi or any long grain rice- 1 cup
Diced mixed vegetables - 2 cups
(potatoes, beans, carrot, cauliflower, capsicum, peas)
Onion- 1 small cut lengthwise
Oil and ghee - 3 Tbs
Water- 2 cups
Salt to taste

Grind together: to a paste adding little or no water
Coriander leaves - a handful
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 6-7
Poppy seeds - 1/2 tsp
Onion diced - 1
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 4-5 flakes
Pudina leaves - a small bunch
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Cardamom - 2-3 pods
Cloves - 2-3
Tomato diced - 1 (optional)

Seasoning Ingredients:
Bay leaf - 2
Jeera - 1 tsp

->Wash and soak rice for 15 mins.
->Take a deep vessel, add ghee and oil. Even butter can be used.
->Add seasoning ingredients and when the jeera splutters, add chopped onions and fry till brown.
->Add mixed vegetables, salt and fry for a few minutes till tender.
->Mix in the ground paste and fry till a nice aroma builds.
->Add 2 cups of water and let it boil. Check for salt.
->Drain rice completely and add to the boiling mixture.
->Cook for 10-15 mins on a medium-low flame till rice is done.
->Serve hot with any raita of your choice.


Anonymous said...

Welcome back Saakhi!) Beaytiful looking Pulao,like the name too!
Happy New year!

Lakshmiammal said...

HI Shanthi,
Think this is the first time I am commenting here. Naming the recipes after the persons is also my practice and it is easier to remember the taste quickly. Beautiful pulav!Happy new year!

Menu Today said...

Nice pulav?biryani....
Happy Holidays.Wishing you a Very Happy new year.

Anonymous said...

Saakshi, I like your name. Your pulav looks delicious. Will try your version soon

Priya S&S said...

Lovely Recipe Saakshi ! Never tried addding poppy seeds and mint for spice paste.

Wish you and you family a very Happy and Prosperous New Year !

sailaja said...

Nice pulao recipe, Saakshi.

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Priya S&S said...

Wishing peace, health, and happiness in 2007 and always. Happy New year to you and your family !

Anonymous said...

You have a nice blog! I m here for the first time...

Here's Wishing you a very Happy New Year Saakshi. May God bless you and your family with all the happy things in this coming year.

Cheers, Nidhi.

Pooja said...

Hi Saakhi,
my first time visit to your blog.
nice blog wit hsome good traditional recipes. would keep on visiting it again.
Happy new year !

Anonymous said...

Nice looking pulav. It happens to be one of my favorite dishes, and hence I try all the recipes I read! Your pulav looks so good, that I will try it soon. Thanks

saakshi said...

Thanks Asha, Lakshmi, Menu today,Seema, Priya S&S, Sailaja, Nidhi and Pooja. Wishing u and ur family a wonderful year too.

Bhargavi said...

Have A Blessed New Year to u n ur family.
Good daY!

Vani said...

I love the name Sheela pulao! It looks good too, Sangeetha. I'm putting it in my must-try list :)

Happy New year!

Vani said...

Hey, I tried this yesterday. Very tasty pulao. Will post the picture when I do the next 'cooking from the blogs' post. Thanks for sharing, Sangeetha!

Anonymous said...

'Sheela' Pulao looks good, Saakshi. The ingredients that go into the Masala paste are interesting. Will try this one out sometime. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Hi Saakshi,

This is Suchithra here from Blore. I am newly married n cooking is an absolute new thing for me. I wanted to try pulav, n came across ur blog n tried it too. It came out yummy.

Thanks for posting. Pls continue the great wrk n it wud be of great help for people like me.. :)


Anonymous said...

What? You are so funny! Please don't try any of my recipes.. I don't want to be known as a curry! ;) just kidding.

jeena said...

Hi there, I love your blog it's nice to put your freinds recipe's on it :)

visit jeena's kitchen healthy recipe blog

Sumitha said...

Hello Sangeetha!where are you?Hope you all fine!

Anonymous said...

Madam, Elliddeera?

rahin said...

hi saakshi , just found ur blog , looks gud ...the pulao looks delicious !

Srivalli said...

welcome back...and this pulao looks very compliments both to Sheela and you..


Maya said...

hi sangee! pulao looks very tempting!!! waiting to try it out! good u r back