Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Pulao using MTR Biryani Masala

Where did summer go?! It felt like the shortest summer ever! And what happened to fall weather?! There have been days in the past week when we actually wore our winter jackets as it got so cold! I'm already waiting for spring now (I know, long wait!).

Quite often, inspiration for dinner comes from what pops on my reader. Like the other day, I made my version of pav bhaji, inspired by this post. Today, I made this pulao using MTR Biryani/Pulav masala (which I'd forgotten I even had!) after reading this post from Hema. I have to clarify here that I did not use the Pulav masala but the Biryani/Pulav masala from MTR. The powder is quite masaledar, so you don't need to add any other whole spices to the pulao. The flavor is quite different from the regular pulao using whole garam masala.

MTR Pulao

Ingredients:
1 cup rice (soaked in water for 15 minutes and drained)
1 cup mixed vegetables (I used carrots, peas, lima beans & corn)
1 small onion, chopped
2 green chilies, slit
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tbsp thick coconut milk
1 tsp MTR pulao/biryani masala
2 cups water
1/2 tsp each jeera and saunf
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

In a pressure cooker, heat oil. Add jeera and saunf. When they start to sizzle, add green chilies, g-g paste and onions. Saute for a few minutes. Put the rice in and fry so that oil gets nicely coated on the rice. Add in chopped veggies, masala, coconut cream, water and salt and mix well. Cover and cook until done.

46 comments:

Sonu said...

Mouthwatering Pulav! Yeah, even I love MTR brands ready-made spices. I always use Sambhar Masala and will buy this pulav masala next time.

Rush said...

MTR...MTR, did it have an ad back then??
he pulav does look masaledaar!!

Sanghi said...

Wow.. wow.. lovely colourful pulao vani! Good picture too!!:)

Pavani said...

Yummy looking Pulao Vani. I've never tried MTR pulao masala. I bought Everest biryani masala from India and you can see some whole spices like bay leaves & cloves in it.

Divya Rao said...

Looks so good, I could dig in right now :)

Springbird said...

I love Pulao and MTR pulao mix is very good with dominating smell of Cinnamon and Cloves.Nice click Vani.

Smitha said...

Pulav looks very good!
Oh yes I wonder where summer just trickled away this year.. Fall just does not seem to be here. It is again gonna be so cold tonight that we dare not open our windows. Anyway our windows are already shut for a good two weeks. Hate it till the baking season starts, sadly enough my oven broke down last week :(

chakhlere said...

All these kinds of pulavs are my so much favorites. This one looks so yummy.

I am also wondering where has the summer gone?? fall has also dissapered :((

Supriya said...

Great and quick recipe for tiffin:) love the photo!

Cham said...

Spring looooong way to go :) Thank God we are still in 70's! MTR pulao mix never used before, the rice is very inviting!

Sharmila said...

I love cooking rice with coconut milk. Gotta try the mtr masala. Jeera and saunf together sound interesting Vani. :-)

Prathibha said...

I also use hat mtr masala sometimes..pulav looks really yummy..

Jaya said...

Vani,
pulao looks delicious ...and it's been raining here for the past two days ..suddenly temp has droped ...and doesn't seem it's fall here ,i love the fall colours ..
hugs and smiles

Priya said...

Never tried out pulao with store bought masala, pulao looks simply fantastic and eye catching dish!

K said...

Hi Vani, I wonder what's happening to the world! Here it is not even fall weather. Sometimes, we dont need even fall jackets. Just summer clothes! and we got to sleep with windows open. Although we are enjoying it, i doubt if its really good for the world, so to say:)

Nice click as usual!

Sush said...

i normally add a tbsp of MTR pulao masala to all types of pulao. It tastes great. Never tried adding only MTR pulao masala. Your pictures make me feel that, it is worth a try. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Happy cook said...

I do really wish i had this pulao for my lunch today with pickles, the thought makes me drool.

indosungod said...

Looks delicious Vani. MTR masalas and powders do make life easy. Got to try this Pulao masala.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Sounds as quick fix meal. Look so good. YUM! Love MTR masala a lot....

Hema said...

Vani, Pulao looks so delicious. I am now jealous :) Thanks for the reference to my blog...

my kitchen said...

Every time i will try only jamun in MTR,Never tried pulao masala.pulao looks yummy

Shri said...

Looks delicious!My mom's way of doing Pulao as she finds it very easy..

Varsha Vipins said...

Yea..I already dug out my winterwear a week back n using it all the time..:P..But I love this better than hot hot summer..:D

That Pulao looks different with mota grains n quite spicy..but I guess coconut milk must have quite balanced it..:)

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DEESHA said...

I once bought MTR Pulao Masala & I really didn't like it .. Maybe I should try the Biryani Masala next time

Ramya Bala said...

Biriyani....Am in :))))never tried with MTR..but wud really try once :)))

Shwetha said...

This looks like a hearty pulao. Thanks for sharing. My fave MTR product is their upma, I loved it when I was lil' girl

meeso said...

Looks very tasty :)

Red Chillies said...

You know Vani, I live and swear by MTR masalas. My pantry is stuffed with all things MTR, but somehow I did not like this Pulao Masala. I felt it has too much of "ghaath". But then reading through your recipe, I think adding coconut milk makes all the difference in balancing the masala.

Bong Mom said...

I like the MTR Sambhar powder(ok ISG's was much better) but before that MTR was what I thought made great sambhar

This biryani looks great, your haath ka jadu more than MTR's ;-)

Vani said...

Thanks for the comments, all!

RC, Deesha - I did not like the Pulao masala from MTR either. This one was called Biryani Pulav masala and was very different. It's more powdery than the pulav masala and quite pungent too. Coconut milk certainly balances that out.

Bong Mom - my haath ka jaadu?! Aw..Tere muh mein ghee shakkar! :)

SriLekha said...

looks delicious!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...that's an super easy way to make biryani.....looks yummy...

Divya Vikram said...

Great idea of using MTR masala in this. Delicious!

hintofsaffron said...

That is quite a quick way to make the recipe. Will have try it out. Never used Biryani masala before to cook. Will give it a try!

Jayashree said...

Vani, there you are longing for summer and here I am wondering if it'll ever end :-))

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I will try some recipes & let you know soon.

radha said...

I use the Everest Biryani masala ( though I am a big fan of MTR products) and use tomato puree too. I should try this variation with coconut milk.
I like your blog. And tried the Tomato Saaru and posted it on my site. It was a big hit and is a regular dish now.

Chitra said...

i dont buy MTR products usually.after seeing urs , i really feel to try this masala..Looks very nice :)

Parita said...

I love MTR masalas, i usually use MTR for rasam and sambhar, glad to know biryani came out well, it certainly looks very inviting :-)

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Arch said...

Looks nice, these biryanis are my favourites when I cant think of what to make..I've never ued ready masalas for pulav / biryani, always seemed to prefer the freshly ground ones...the coconut milk sounds like a great addition to this...hope you had a gerat diwali...

Preeti Kashyap said...

mouth watering masala pulao.....yummy!

San said...

Pulao looks stunning and tempting.Following you dudette.

Vani said...

Thanks for the lovely comments, all :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Nice collection of recipes, pulav looks tasty!