Easy Pulao

Serves: 4 

Basmati rice1.5 cupsoaked for 15 minutes
Potato1 largechopped
Onion1 largechopped
Tomato2-3 mediumchopped
Carrot2 mediumchopped
Peas1/2 cup
Beans1/2 cupchopped
Yogurt1/2 cupas needed
Biryani masalato taste
Spicesas neededaniseed, cinnamon, bay leaf
Saltto taste
Water1.5 cupsmore as needed
Mint leavesfewchopped

  • Fry onions with spices until soft and fragrant
  • Add tomatoes, biryani masala and salt; cook till soft
  • Add the rest of the vegetables (except potatoes) and yogurt, along with water to cover everything, cook for few minutes
  • Add rice and potatoes; bring to boil once, then add mint and cilantro leaves
  • Reduce heat to low and cover with tight lid for 10-15 minutes until rice is cooked fully
  • Mix gently and serve with raita

This dish shouldn't take more than 30 minutes (not including cooking time). The spices to be added depend on the ingredients in your ready-made masala. Mine was missing aniseed, cinnamon and bay leaf, so I added those. Feel free to omit or add the spices you prefer.