Navratan Pulao

Navratan Pulao

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1. Basmati rice – 1.5 cup, soaked in enough water for at least 25 minutes

2. Ghee / oil – 1.5 – 2 tbsp

3. Cashews and raisins – 2 tbsp each

4. Onion – 3/4 cup, thinly sliced

5. Paneer – 3/4 cup, cut into small cubes

6. Cauliflower – 1/2 cup, cut into small florets

Carrot – 1 large, chopped

Green beans – 8 – 10, diagonally sliced

Fresh / frozen green peas – 1/3 cup

7. Whole spices – Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp, bay leaf – 1, cardamom – 3, cloves – 3 – 4, cinnamon stick – 1/2 inch

8. Saffron – 1 pinch soaked in 1 tbsp hot water for 5 minutes

9.  Boiling water – 3 cups (Add salt, while boiling the water. Add 2 cups of water for 1 cup rice. Some varieties of rice may need only 1.5 cup water)

Kewra water – 3/4 tsp (optional)

10. Mint and cilantro – 2 tbsp each, chopped

Method

1. Heat ghee in a pan over medium-high heat. Fry cashews and raisins. Drain on to a paper towel. Add thinly sliced onion, little salt and fry until golden brown. Drain on to a paper towel. Next fry paneer cubes adding 1 – 2 pinches of salt  until lightly golden. Remove to a plate.

2. Next add cauliflower, carrot and green beans. Add salt, to taste. Cook for 5 – 7 minutes until almost done. Add more ghee, if required. Remove to a plate.

3. In the remaining ghee/ oil (add more ghee if required), add whole spices numbered 7 and stir until fragrant. Add drained rice and boiled water. Taste-check for salt. Add 3/4 tsp kewra water and mix well. Cover and cook for 4 – 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Bring down the heat to low. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes until rice gets done. Open the lid and sprinkle saffron water and sauteed vegetables. Mix well. Keep covered for 10 more minutes. Open the lid and sprinkle fried onion, cashews, raisins, paneer and chopped mint and cilantro. Mix gently and serve with raita and any dish of your choice.

Navratan Pulao

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Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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