I love a lot of the food blogs and eventually I begin to love the food bloggers themselves for their creativity. One such food blogger is Raaga- The Singing Chef. She has a lovely blog filled with wonderful recipes and stories. When Divya announced that Raaga’s blog is being featured on Tried and Tasted, I was thrilled and I had to make something from her blog. I chose a rice dish for a simple reason that Raaga puts it best herself “Pulaos are multipurpose dishes. They are showstoppers at parties, timesavers on weekend and lifesavers during weekday lunches.”
Cauliflower peas pulao from her blog
2 cup Basmati Rice
1 cup Peas
2 cup Cauliflower florets
Salt to Taste
1-2 tbsp Oil
¼ tsp Asafoetida
1” stick Cinnamon
Masala (Grind to a Paste):
3 tbsp frozen Coconut, thawed
1 1/2 cup Coriander Leaves
3 Green chillies
1″ piece Ginger
3 pods Garlic
1 medium Onion, roughly chopped
1” stick Cinnamon
1 tbsp Khus-Khus, soaked in warm water for a few minutes before grinding (Mum’s idea)
Grind ingredients for the masala. This will look like coconut chutney.
Wash the rice and drain the water.
In a pressure pan, heat the oil and add the asafoetida, cinnamon and cloves. Add the ground masala and fry till the oil starts to separate from it. Add the cauliflower, peas, washed rice and 2 cups of hot water. Cover and pressure cook on a slow flame for 10-15 minutes or for 1-2 whistles. Serve hot.
I served this with Carrot Raita.
What can I say- it was AWESOME especially when we had it under candle light. That is right- we had turned everything OFF for Earth Hour and had ample time to devour this pulao (no TV, so no distractions!). This is off to Divya for the event and thanks Divya for hosting such a lovely event.
** Read about my take on Savithiri Satyavan here**