Vegetable Pulao

Serves: 4 
Basmati rice1.5 cups
Onion1 mediumjulienne
Peas1/2 cup
Potato1 (200g)cubed
Carrot1 (100g)chopped
Ginger1 inch pieceminced
Garlic2 largeminced
Mint leavesfewchopped
Cilantrofew stalkschopped
Water2 cups
Saltto taste
Ghee1 tbsp or more
Whole Masala
Cinnamon1 small piece
Bay leaf1-2
Cumin/Shah Jeera1 tsp
Star anise1 piece
Green cardamom3-4 pods
MaceFew strands
Black pepper5-6

  • Wash rice till clear and soak for 30 min
  • Fry whole spices in ghee until fragrant
  • Add onion and fry until they brown a bit
  • Add peas and fry for a few min with salt
  • Add the ginger, garlic and chilies and cook
  • Add the potatoes and carrots and fry until half done
  • Add rice and mix to coat with ghee
  • Add water and cook on medium heat until water is level with rice
  • Cover with lid and reduce heat to low and continue cooking until rice is done (about 5-10 minutes)
  • Optionally garnish with fried onions and serve with raita