Monday, September 27, 2010
Pilaf, Pulav, Polau , or Pulao. They are all the same.
Pulav is Hindi, Pulao is Tamil and Nepali, Polau is Bengali and Pilaf is what almost the rest of world calls it.
A simple Indian vegetarian dish. You can eat this on its own or with meat and vegetables, but my kids find this to be yummy enough to be on its own. The mushrooms are really flavourful and with all the spices, yum yum.
Mike asked me to cook this next time to go with curry or some spicy meat dishes. He finds it very delicious.
Try this if you love basmathi rice and mushrooms. I love mushrooms which was the reason I was attracted to this recipe. And sprinkle lots of flat leaf parsley to go with this, absolutely lovely!!!
Recipe adapted from Vazhayila
1 cup(250ml) basmathi rice, washed and drained
½ red onion, peeled and sliced
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
A small knob of ginger, about half a thumb, smashed
200gm fresh mushrooms (this is one punnet, and I used Swiss Browns), sliced about 5mm thickness
½ tsp meat curry powder
1 small cinnamon stick (Mike can take cinnamon with savoury dishes, but not sweet food)
1 Tbsp butter
½ tsp salt
2 cups water
1. Heat pan on medium heat and put in butter, garlic, and onions. Fry until onions turn soft.
2. Put in ginger, cinnamon stick, cardamoms and cloves and fry until aromatic.
3. Put in sliced mushrooms and cook until it wilts and softens.
4. Put in curry powder and salt. Mix.
5. Put in rice and fry for a while, for about 30 seconds.
6. Transfer everything to your rice cooker, add in water and cook.
*I steamed my rice for 30 minutes.
See those reddish stuff I put beside my rice?? I’ll post that recipe after this.