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.