Monday, September 27, 2010

Mushroom Pulav

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)
2 cardamoms
2 cloves
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.


  1. Wendy, MUSHROOMS! I am sure I will like this rice, yum yum.

  2. Oh yes, I ate this type of spice flavoured rice in India...very nice, though some people may not like the spices. :)

  3. This is something new to me. I have not tried Indian food, except banana leaf and Tandoori chicken.

  4. By looking at the beautiful picture, I can tell this is a delicious meal :)

  5. Wendy, I have corrected typo in my post, thanks for checking! This rice sound healthy, but not sure my little kids will like this or not.

  6. Jess,
    Haha, I remember you said you like mushrooms:)

    This is not too spiced up. It's quite mild actually. If Mike can eat this and find this delicious, it's mild. Haha.

    Little Inbox,
    Here in Malaysia, our selection of Indian food is actually very narrow.
    I've never seen this rice here too.

    Yes, it was. Thanks

  7. Sonia,
    It just taste like a slightly salty rice with mushrooms.
    The curry taste is barely noticable and the spices, are very very mild. But remember to fish out the spices before you fluff the rice, just incase ur kids accidently bite into a cardomom pod or a clove. It won't be a nice experience for them.

  8. Sonia,
    Oh, one more thing, it taste even milder than Briyani.

  9. I love the long-grained rice, basmati. The dish goes well with some meat kurma.

  10. I love savory rice. For me this is good enough to eat on it own and don't have to cook other dishes. Great for lazy people like me. I already bookmarked this to try out once I get some basmati rice.

  11. busygran,
    Yup, goes well with savoury dishes.

    Yeah, my kids just ate this on its own. I like it very much too.

  12. Hmm... I'm not sure if my kids will eat this but I like pilaf. I've already got a few pilaf recipes on hand but yet to try it. Another one going into my Favourites.

  13. Blessed Homemaker,
    The taste is pretty mild.
    The spice taste is not that noticable.

  14. 蘑菇,我喜欢!!可以想象这饭会很好吃哦!

  15. cherry potato,
    I like mushrooms too, that's why I tried making this :)

  16. your all recipes sounds yummy.
    and for this one 'm crazy to try this.:) following you.


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