Thursday, March 6, 2008

Shahi Pulao


I saw Jodha Akbar last weekend. I loved the way royal family was shown. That day i wanted a royal feast but decided against it since we packed our food from a takeout place..a total anti climax. The next day we got up really really late since we were awake almost whole night playing Monopoly with some of our friends. I still had some royal food on my mind so i went ahead with shahi Pulao which is very delicious and easy to cook too.I do not claim this to be the most authentic shahi Pulao, But I really really loved the taste and plan to make it often
especially when we have some guests over. Shahi means royal and Pulao is savoury rice dish with a medley of fresh vegetables.
My version of shahi Pulao is very simple and easy to make. Rice when cooked in ghee / clarified butter tastes heavenly, infact amongst maharashtrians rice is always served with a scoop of home made ghee. So i was sure i would treat me like her highness and indulge in some high calorie food. I had almost all the vegetables required for the pulao. I excluded the nuts in this dish because I am not fond of nuts in pulao, biryani etc. I also excluded cherries and / or pineapple since i wanted a no-sweet pulao. I used whole spices in this pulao to lend it the flavour but not feel it in the throat. This pulao takes about 30-35 minutes from start to end. Shai pulao is basically rice cooked with cumin, Cinnamon, whole black pepper etc along with ghee and a few strands of saffron. When rice is boiled with these aromatic dried spices , the flavour is so nice and scrumptious that you can feel it on your taste buds. Ghee adds the much required dash, and increases the flavour. To enhance the flavour further I also made place for ginger-garlic paste. Rice with fresh aromatic goodies and whole spices was so good that We have decided to indulge in this delicacy more often from now. One more important advantage of cooking this is its a one-meal dish. serve it with some raita.

Shahi Pulao
Recipe

1 cup Basmati Rice
1/2 cup spring onion
1/4 cup bell pepper
1/4 cup carrots Juliend
1 tbl spn ginger garlic paste
1 t spn cumin seeds
1" Cinnamon stick
10-12 whole Black pepper kernels
2-4 bay leaves
6-8 Cloves
2 tbl spns Oil
salt as per taste

4-5 strands of saffron soaked it in 2-3 tbl spns warm milk
2.5 cups boiling water
Method
Heat ghee in a pot. When it is hot add cumin seeds and all the other whole spices. close the lid of the pot. Add the white sliced bulb of the spring onions. cook till done, Add ginger garlic paste. Add the vegetables. Cook till half done. Now add rice fry for about 2-3 minutes. Add the boiling water. Now add saffron soaked milk. Add salt and cover the lid. Cook on very low flame for 20-25 minutes.I served this with Boondi -mint Raita. You could serve this with raita of your choice.
Next time I try this I will try to add a little bit of green chili paste. I will post that as soon as i try it.

Verdict
Basmatic rice + Ghee+ spices + saffron+ veggies + ginger+garlic= Mouth watering- One Pot meal dish.

17 comments:

Annu said...

I never tried this pulao.Will try this week end.

Thanks for your nice comment in my blog

Asha said...

Lucky girl! I don't think I get to see Jodha Akbar until I buy DVD! Love shahi pulao. We make ghee rice in K'taka too with Kurma!:)

Uma said...

So you might have felt like a queen after eating this Shahi Pulao!'smiling'. I love the pulao. It looks great and simple. Must have tasted great too. I noted down the point that you are going to cook this when you have some guests over..so mark your calender. I will be there this weekend. Just kidding. Thanks for the yummy pulao.

Cham said...

I heard it but never tasted before, looks yum :)

Meera said...

Looks delicious!! How's Jodha Akbar? I loved your pullao. It's easy and looks superb

Dhivya said...

tempting pulao..neve tried shahi pulo before..bookmarked in my todo list..thanks for sharing

Sagari said...

I can taste it from the pic ,yummmyy

Pooja V said...

Annu : I am glad you liked it. And Thanks for stopping by.

Asha : Buy that DVD when you get a chance. Its not a blockbuster kind of flick but worth a watch.

Uma You can come over any time u like and I will make this then, thats a promise.

Cham : Thanks girl for stopping by.

Meera : Jodha Akbar is a wonderful movie..I am a complete Ashutosh G'kar fan.

Dhivya : When you make this please tell if you like it.

Sagari : Thanks for such wonderful words.

Pravs said...

pulao looks yum. Have been hearing jodha Akbar is a nice movie...got to see it soon.

Seena said...

good one, haven't tried yet.. :)

Vanamala said...

Oh ya pooja. In that film she was saying all the menu na... MouthWatering !!!! Lovely movie na

shahi pulao is so simple..will try to make someday.

Aparna said...

The pulao in the picture looks real nice. I make pulao this way, add some vegetables and garam masala.
Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Laavanya said...

What a pretty looking pulao that is.. nice picture.

Sia said...

i too was craving for shahi khana after watching JA :) i did get kind of shahi treatment from HD who cooked dinner for us that day;)
shahi pulao looks royal pooja:)

Homecooked said...

Wow...the pulao looks delicious!! I can almost smell the rich aroma :)

Mansi Desai said...

that looks good Pooja:) just like Jodha-Akbar:)D

Krithika said...

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