Pulao is a popular Indian rice dish made by cooking rice with a combination of spices, herbs, and other ingredients to create a flavorful and aromatic meal. It is a versatile dish that can be customized to suit individual preferences and tastes, making it a favorite among many food lovers. Pulao is quick, easy, healthy, and satisfying, and is a great option for a quick and easy meal. Let’s see how how to cook:
- 1 cup of basmati rice
- 2 cups of water
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 green chili pepper, chopped (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of ginger-garlic paste
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds
- 2-3 cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2-3 cardamom pods
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon of ghee or oil
- Salt to taste
- Coriander leaves (optional)
- Rinse the basmati rice in water several times until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for 20-30 minutes.
- Heat ghee or oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and bay leaf. Fry for a minute until the spices release their aroma.
- Add sliced onions and sauté until the onions turn golden brown.
- Add ginger-garlic paste and green chili pepper (if using) and sauté for a minute.
- Add chopped tomato and cook until the tomato turns soft.
- Drain the water from the soaked rice and add it to the pan. Stir well to combine.
- Add 2 cups of water and salt to taste. Mix well and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Once the mixture starts boiling, lower the heat to low, cover the pan with a lid, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the rice is cooked and all the water is absorbed.
- Once done, turn off the heat, and let the pulao rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Garnish with coriander leaves (if using) and serve hot with raita or any side dish of your choice.
Your Pulao is ready to serve. Enjoy!
- Soak the rice for at least 20-30 minutes before cooking to ensure fluffy grains.
- Use whole spices, like cumin seeds, cardamom, and cloves, to infuse the rice with flavor.
- Sauté the onions until they turn golden brown for added sweetness and depth of flavor.
- Add vegetables or protein of your choice to make the pulao more nutritious and flavorful.
- Garnish with fresh herbs, like coriander leaves, to add a pop of color and freshness to the dish.