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Vegetable Pulav(Pilaf)

Ingredients: (To Serve -- 4 )

1. Chopped Onions -- 1/2 Cup
2. Chopped Tomatoes -- 1/2 Cup
3. Cauliflower (Flowerettes) -- 1/2 Cup
4. Carrot Chunks, Cut Beans, Shelled Peas -- 1/3 Cup
5. Grated Coconut -- 1/2 Cup
6. Mint Leaves -- 1/4 Cup
7. Ginger, Garlic -- 1 tsp (Chopped Finely)
8. Green Chilli -- 3 to 4
9. Cilantro -- 1/4 Cup
10. Garam Masala, Red Chilli Powder -- 1/2 tsp
11. Uncooked Rice -- 2 Cups ( For each cup of rice add 1 1/4 cup of water)
12. Bay leaves -- 6
13. Cinnamon Sticks -- Two 1 inch sticks
14. Cardamon -- 4

Method:

1. Grind Coconut, Mint, Garlic, Ginger, Green Chilli, Cilantro, Garam Masala & Red Chilli Powder  together with little water.

2. Soak rice in water for 10 minutes and drain.Take a tbsp of oil in a pan and add a tsp of Cummin Seeds. When the oil is hot, add rice and fry for a while. (It is not necessary to fry the rice if the rice is basmathi.)

3. Now, Add two tbsp of oil to the cooker and heat it. Add little Cummin seeds, Cinnamon, Cardamon and Bay leaves. Stir and add the chopped onions. Fry until the onions start turning brown. Mix in the tomatoes and the ground paste. Fry for a minute and add the vegetables. Now add the rice and water. Cook in the cooker and allow it to whistle once or twice(It can also be cooked directly in a covered pan).

Note: You may have to experiment with the quantity of some of the ingredients. I have just given a rough measurement of the ingredients.

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