This is another one pot meal I made for my daughter’s lunch last month. I don’t make rice daily. May be thrice or four times in a week and sometimes she prefers hot rice,, ghee, paruppu podi and appalam. Otherwise I make some easy breezy one pot meals with whatever veggies I have in fridge. And if there is no veggie, I go for a simple pulao. I bought a pack of mixed sprouts one day and decided to use it up in a pulao. The recipe is the base for all my pulao and only the vegetables vary. It is quite easy to make without any grinding spice pastes.
After reading about how to cook rice in pressure cooker at Vidya’s space, I started experimenting with the technique. Whenever I make rice in pressure cooker, it turns mushy and so I usually stay away from pressure cooking rice. But for the past two tries, I made fluffy rice in pressure cooker and I am really happy with that. The amount of water used is very critical. For basmati rice, use 1.5 cups of water for a cup of rice and for normal rice, use 2.5 cups of water. Bring the rice and water to boil before covering the cooker with lid and weight. Wait for three whistles and switch off flame. Wait until the pressure downs. Then open the cooker and fluff the rice. Your perfect rice is ready. Try it out the next time and share your results.
Basmati Rice – 1 cup
Ghee – 2 tbs
Clove – 2
Cinnamon – a small piece
Star Anise – 1
Onion – 1
Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbs
Tomato – 1
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala – 1/4 tsp
Mixed Sprouts – 1/2 cup
Water – 1.5 cups
Salt – to taste
Wash and soak basmati rice for 20 minutes.
In a pressure cooker, add ghee and spices.
When they crackle add in ginger garlic paste and onions.
Saute for a minute or two until the onions are golden.
Add in chopped tomato, the mixed sprouts, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and garam masala.
On low flame saute for two minutes.
Now add drained basmati rice and mix it well.
Add water and salt to taste.
Once it starts boiling, cover the pressure cooker and wait for three whistles.
Switch off flame and wait for the pressure to be down.
Open the cooker, give a nice stir, add in chopped coriander leaves and serve immediately.