Thursday, July 08, 2010

Vegetable Pulao

Can you believe the sheer stupidity of a reputed magazine like the Time to publish something like this? What were they thinking?! And in the name of humor too. Who was laughing, I wonder. As a friend pointed out, would they have printed a similar piece on, say, African-Americans? I can understand Joel Stein's discomfort at the vastly changed scenario in his hometown but the whole tone of the write-up reeked of racism. He seems to forget that he is an immigrant himself, maybe a few generations down but unless he can claim ancestry of an Indian tribe, he is of immigrant stock too. Apology NOT accepted, Time or Stein!

Onto a recipe now. This is typically how pulaos are prepared in Karnataka, sometimes with part coconut milk. The settings on the camera are off (thanks to Little M, who loves to fiddle with all things electronic!). I'm yet to figure out what to change/change back! So here are some not-so-sharp images of the vegetable pulao.

Vegetable Pulao

Recipe Source


Basmati rice- 1 cup
Mixed vegetables - 2 cups (I used carrots and green beans)
Onion- 1 small, cut lengthwise
Oil - 3 Tbs
Water- 2 cups
Salt to taste

To grind together to a paste adding little or no water:
Coriander leaves - a handful
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 3
Poppy seeds - 1/2 tsp
Onion diced - 1 small
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 4-5 pods
Pudina leaves - a small bunch (skipped this)
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Cardamom - 2-3 pods
Cloves - 2-3

For tadka:
Bay leaf - 2
Jeera - 1 tsp

Vegetable Pulao


Wash and soak rice for 15 mins.
Take a deep vessel, heat oil and add the jeera and bay leaves. Then add chopped onions and fry till brown.
Add mixed vegetables, salt and fry for a few minutes till tender.
Mix in the ground paste and fry till a nice aroma builds.
Add 2 cups of water and let it boil. Check for salt.
Drain rice completely and add to the boiling mixture.
Close the lid and pressure cook for one whistle.


Sharmila said...

Very much agree with you Vani .. there was no humour in that article. More of an underlying negativity that needed a vent.
Lovet he idea of poppy seeds in the pulao. :-)

s said...

agree with u..though I did also read he has apologized for the bad write up..
Great pulao...

Kairali sisters said...

Great looking pulao, Vani..Nicely presented..

Kairali sisters

Jayashree said...

I wonder how he could even pass that off as humour.
Like that potpourri basket in the background.

Preeti said...

I second you Vani. There was no humor in reading that .... more of a racist venting his anger. Can't believe Time published it ... I guess they needed some attention.

Nice pulav!

Kannada Cuisine said...

What an article...It did pinch me cos we r living right in Edison :(...Dotheads r we...

Pulav looks super yummy :)

Parita said...

I was shocked reading that article, it was purely racism, its so sad to see such article being published :(
Your pulao looks lovely!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

I read the article and it does reek of racism.

Love the Pulao!

Vani said...

Sharmila- true. venting out but in the wrong place. poppy seeds do add a lovely flavor to the pulao.

s - the apology was too little, too late, na?

KS - thanks! :)

Jayashree - yeah, right? it's like saying exactly what u want to and then adding a 'just kidding'. thanks (for the bowl). I fell in love with it and ended up buying two in different hues :)

Preeti - exactly! glad u liked the pulao

Smitha - the dothead zamana was so long ago and to remind us of it like this is so bad, alva? Enjoy Edison and all-things-desi that it represents now.

Parita - shocking for sure. sad that it was a respected mag like Time that did this.

Cool Lassie - exactly! and trying to pass this off as humor when he meant exactly what he said is quite sickening.

鄭湘定 said...

Pen and ink is wits plough. ............................................................

DEESHA said...

I call this shahi pulao .. Sheela pulao sounds cute though .. my mom has been making this version of pulao since ages N as far as I have seen, this recipe is a staple in most kannada homes ..

Vani said...

Deesha - dunno about being a staple in most Kannada homes (we don't make it this way) but I think you're right about this recipe being typical to Kannadiga homes & many Kannadiga restaurants. The first time I tried it, I thought it was similar to the one I had at a Gowda friend's house (though they used a LOT more garlic). This time over, my reaction was that it was similar to the ones you get at darshinis/adiga's kinda places in BLR. A good recipe for sure :)

Jay said...

Hy Vani,
Thanx for dropping by 'Tasty Appetite' n for your sweet comments.
you have a wonderful space too with lovely recipes...Glad to follow u.

Pulav recipe sounds simple and yummy. now its in my must to do list...!

ARUNA said...

seriously ridiculous article.....i can understand his pain but there was a better way to xplain....some people never change, his apology was also funny!!!

Anyways Yummy yummy pulao Vani, all i can do now is stare at Indian food....kinda stuck in mexico without any indian restaurant around. All i'm doing for the past 1 week is stare at all the foodie blogs :((

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Vani said...

Jay - glad to have discovered your blog. Have added u to my reader :)

Aruna - yeah, the "apology" kinda sucked too. Why stuck in Mexico? Raining there? Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay there :)

Oriental Script - thanks for the comment but would love to know what u said!!

LG said...

same pinch kanri..naavu pulao heege madodu! We all are doing good. Trust you and kids are fine :) Take care.

Bong Mom said...

Dear Vani

Pulao looks really good. How are the little ones ?

Rahin said...

a different recipe with poppy seeds, lovely presentation

Gita Jaishankar said...

Hi Vani, How are you? How are your kids...settled down with the little one :)...thanks for the kind words, I am doing fine, just taking a small break from blogging. Good post Vani, there is definitely no humor in that article, it only shows his hatred for Indians as you keep reading it. Tasty looking pulav...nicely presented :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Thats a wonderful pulav. Read the column, I too wondered why Edison is highly populated with Indians and called little India, but it isn't a fair for a writer to express his discomfort.

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Vani said...

LG - Good you reiterated my thinking that it was probably typical of many Kannadiga homes :) Kids doing good. thanks for checking :)

San - Kids ding good. Left u a long comment :)

Rahin - thanks :)

Gita- we're doing good. Good to hear from you :)

Malar - thanks :) Edison is Little India of NJ. I think people like to congregate where there are others like them. Hence China Town, Little Italy etc.. Nothing wrong with that. It's the racist write-up about it that makes it really bad. No humor in it for sure. At least not one we could see.

Satrupa said...

I like your blog a lot ! Nicely written posts and gr8 recipes.
I am adding myself as a follower of ur blogpage.

Cheers n Happy Cooking !

Turmericnspice said...

love the itself or with a curry!!

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Reflection Stillz said...

I love this kind of pulao too.. I just want yo know if tomatoes can be added..n how about red chilli powder?

Vani said...

RS - yes, you can add tomato and/or red chilli powder. Pulaos are very versatile that way.

Anusha said...

Hi Vani,
Thanks for the wonderful recipe! The pulao is delicious.