After Kaju Pulao from Andhra Pradesh and Kharzi from Arunachal Pradesh, today it is Meetha pulao from Assam. If you have missed my previous posts, please take a look at them. I am doing a mega marathon this month, the theme being biryani, kichdi and pulao. The preparations started way back and I managed to complete them only last month. Most of the dishes were made for Sruti, but I also made some for myself while I included rice in my diet chart. This is one such recipe I made for myself. Though the name is meetha pulao, sugar added is very less and this has a subtle hint of sweetness to it. As I don’t consume sugar, I used stevia instead.
The recipe I tried is from Khorisa. Usually Joha rice is used to make this pulao. I have used Basmati instead. And this pulao is served along with chicken or pork curries. With the addition of nuts and raisins and ghee, this is somewhat rich in taste. I paired it with some roasted paneer for my lunch one day. It was such a filling and delicious meal. I have used only green peas and carrots, but you can also use beans. Some recipes also used ginger garlic paste, but I didn’t use. If you like the flavour, go ahead and use a tbs in the recipe. The number of ingredients may seem long, but trust me, the recipe is so easy to make. I hope you make this for your guests.
Basmati Rice – 1 cup
Ghee – 2 tbs
Clove – 2
Star Anise – 1
Cinnamon – 1
Bay Leaf – 1
Cashew – 2 tbs
Almonds – 2 tbs
Raisins – 2 tbs
Pistachios – 2 tbs
Onion – 1
Carrot – 1 small
Green Peas – 1/4 cup
Sugar – 2 tsp
Salt – to taste
Water – 2 cups
Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes.
In a pan, heat ghee and add the nuts and raisins.
Fry until golden. Remove and set aside.
Add the spices and onion and saute for two minutes.
Add the carrots and green peas and cook for two minutes on low flame.
Add drained rice and sugar and saute on low flame for two minutes.
Finally add water and salt and bring it to boil.
Cook the rice on medium flame until the rice is 90% cooked.
Reduce flame, cover the pan and cook until done.
Serve it hot with a curry of your choice.
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Meetha Pulao from Assam