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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MUSHROOM PULAO/PILAF/PULAV - AROMATIC RICE WITH MUSHROOMS



This dish is authenticated  Goan dish with slight modification that instead of Prawns,Mushrooms were used for the sake of Vegans (veggies) 





MAIN INGREDIENTS


 (measuring cup = 1 cup = 250 ml)

1½ cup basmati rice – you can use any type of long grained rice

1 packet of button mushrooms of about 200-250 gms

1 medium size onion, thinly sliced or finely chopped

1 medium size tomato, chopped

1 medium size potato, peeled & cubed (optional)

1 green chili, chopped

1 or 1.5 tsp ginger garlic paste or crushed ginger-garlic, about 2 to 3 garlic and ½ inch ginger

½ tsp cumin/jeera (optional)

2 to 3 green cardamoms/hari elaichi

3 to 4 cloves/laung

4 to 5 black peppercorns

1 to 1.5 inches cinnamon/dal chini

1 cup thick coconut milk + 1.5 to 2 cups water or 2.5 to 3 cups water (add depending on the quality of rice. usually most basmati rice which have been soaked for 20 to 30 mins before, requires about 2.5 cups water if you want separate grains. for a slightly more cooked texture, you can add 3 cups of water)

2 tbsp any vegetable oil

salt or sea salt as required


Method



Clean, wash and soak the rice for 20 to 30 mins. When the rice is getting soaked, chop all the veggies. Rinse and chop the mushrooms too.and cut them 


Take all the whole garam masala and keep it aside.



In a pressure cooker, heat oil. Add the whole garam masala including cumin, and fry till they become fragrant. about few seconds.



Add the onions and fry them till translucent.

Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw smell of the paste disappears.



Now add the chopped tomatoes, potatoes and other vegetables Saute for 3-4 minutes



Add mushrooms. Saute for 8-10 minutes till the mushrooms are half cooked. Keep on stirring in between..Add the coconut milk and Add the soaked rice and the chopped green chili.










Saute the rice for 1-2 minutes stirring in between on a low flame Add water. Stir and add  salt.






Pressure cook the rice for 2 to 3 whistles.

When the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.


















Garnish with coriander leaves or mint leaves and serve mushroom pulao with sliced onions and lime.

You could also have Mushroom Pulao with onion-tomato raita.


Note : 



Non Vegetarians may replace mushrooms with prwans and cook in the same way to make Goan Prwan Pulao 

If you or your kid dont like mushroom,you substitute this mushroom with soya chunks/soya nuggets 

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