One of my private students is actually a family affair, meaning I once taught their child and now the dad has been my long standing student as well. Because I am going to go away for some time, my student invited me to stay for dinner. They made an amazing feast of Indian Vegetarian Delights. Part of the Main Course was Mint Vegetable Pulao. Pulaou is a South Indian Rice dish, usually made with Basmati Rice and a variety of Veggies. It is very yummy and very nutritious.
2 cups Basmati Rice - Uncooked
1/4 cup Yogurt/soy yogurt
4 carrots diced/chopped
a bunch of pearl onions or 2 medium sized Onions diced
2 tablespoons of peas
2 tablespoons of beans
8-10 Mint leaves (crushed)
6 green chillies (optional)
3 small garlic cloves (crushed into paste)
1 Tablespoon diced ginger (crushed into paste)
3-4 Black Pepper corns
Pinch of Turmeric
1 Tablespoon oil
Salt to taste
A Whole lot of LOVE
Cook Rice till almost done
Heat Oil in Pan
Add Turmeric and Onions when Oil is heated
Add Cloves, Cardomon, Pepper corns and stir for a minute
Add Ginger-Garlic Paste
Add Cut Veggies
Stir and Cover till veggies are 3/4 cooked
Keep occasional stirring to avoid burning the veggies
When Veggies are 3/4 cooked lower the heat add Yogurt and Veggies (high heat will curdle the yogurt)
Cook on Low heat till water is evaporated and Veggies are cooked and finally Add RICE. Stir on Low heat.
As a Side you can add Cucumber Raita or Papadam
Serve in a dish, say Grace and ENJOY!
The beauty of South Indian Cooking is that it is rich in Flavor, Nutritious and Vegetarian. The use of Cloves, Cardomon and Turmeric are also medicinal for the Body. The combination of Legumes and Rice, improves the amino acid chain of the legumes to give optimal protein absorption.