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    Five Colour Pretty Indian Pulao(Pilaf)

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    1 hr 15 mins

    30 mins

    45 mins

    Charishma_Ramchandani's Note:

    This is a treat! It's colourful, flavourful and wonderful served hot. To me, it is a meal by itself. This is from Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

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    1. 1
      Soak rice in 4 cups of water for 30 minutes.
    2. 2
    3. 3
      Heat ghee or oil in a skillet on medium flame.
    4. 4
      Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, whole black peppercorns, bay leaves and cumin seeds.
    5. 5
      Stir-fry briefly.
    6. 6
      Add onions.
    7. 7
      Saute for 3 minutes or until translucent.
    8. 8
      Add carrots, French beans, cauliflower and greenpeas.
    9. 9
      Cook for a minute, stirring continuosly.
    10. 10
      Add 3 1/4 cups of water and salt to taste.
    11. 11
      Cook till the water starts boiling.
    12. 12
      Stir in the rice.
    13. 13
      Cook, uncovered, on medium flame, for 4 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
    14. 14
      Stir in the bell pepper and reduce heat to medium.
    15. 15
      Cover with a lid.
    16. 16
      Cook for 8 minutes or until the rice and veggies are cooked.
    17. 17
      Remove from heat.
    18. 18
      Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 21, 2004


      I really liked this recipe because of the variety of colors & veggies. It has a wonderful aroma! I really appreciate your comments about the spices, tinala. Keeping what you said in mind, I used 12 green cardamom pods, 6 bay leaves, 12 cloves, and 2 cinnamon sticks (each approx 3 1/2 " long). I also used 1 tsp ground cumin instead of seed and 3/4 tsp ground peppercorns. When the rice and veggies were almost cooked (Step 16), I tasted the pilaf several times and decided it needed more spices. I then added ground cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, cumin, and curry powder. Next time I make this I will double all the spices and use only ground spices(except for the bay leaves). I will also add 1 tsp. curry powder. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    • on November 13, 2003


      Made this tonight for dinner and it was very good. I used ground spices instead of the whole and I doubled the spice as it was a little bland. I also added Curry powder, made it so much better! Thanks for a great recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Five Colour Pretty Indian Pulao(Pilaf)

    Serving Size: 1 (280 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 268.9
    Calories from Fat 75
    Total Fat 8.3 g
    Saturated Fat 1.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 20.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 44.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
    Sugars 3.1 g
    Protein 5.1 g

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