Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Beetroot Pulao

I wanted to do something different with beetroot this time and I remembered having this pulao at Prabu's friends place last year. So here it is.

Rice: 2 cups washed and soaked in water
Beetroot: 2 medium - grated ( use the bigger corer)
Onion - 1 small diced thin
Green chillies - 3 slit length wise
Mint leaves - few minced
Coriander leaves - few minced
Ginger and garlic paste - 2tsp.
Garam Masala - 2 tsp.
Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp.
Cloves - 4
Cinnamon Stick - 1 inch
Cardamom - 4 pods
Coriander seeds - 1tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp.
Dried Bay Leaf - 2
Salt - to taste
Oil - 5 Tbsp
Butter - 1 + 1 Tbsp


Heat oil and 1 Tbsp butter in a shallow pan. Add the dry masala ( cinnamon,cloves, cardamom,cumin,coriander seeds, bay leaf) and saute for 30 seconds till you get nice fragrance out of it. Add the chopped green chillies, mint and coriander leaves and saute for 30 seconds. Add onions and a little bit of salt. Add ginger & garlic paste to this and saute till onions are translucent. Add beetroot to this and saute for a minute. Add enogh salt for this, chili powder and garam masala and stir till beetroot is tad bit on the soft side. Add the rice to this and stir till all the rice and massala are mixed. Raise the flame to high and add 4 cups of water and cover and cook. Once water starts to boil, stir in the other Tbsp. of butter, check for salt and lower the flame and cook till rice is done.

You can serve it with onion raita:)

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