Am I not really greateful to a dear friend of ours, a great cook by herself, who shared this great tip in making pulav in the pressure cooker. Its really easy, time saving, and the rice...they come out really well. Trust me!
Here, I have got the "beetroot & carrot pulav" which is by itself loaded with all the goodness of the veggies and has a great colour too. So moms, if your kids are not much into eating vegetables, get them this rice meal and sure, they will like it.
A quick starter pick, with baby tomatoes and cucumber..and...hot hot kerala style pepper chicken.
Carrot - 1 big, grated
Onion - 1 medium sized, cut small
Garlic - 3 , sliced small
Basmati rice - 3 cups, soaked in water for atleast an hour.
"BOILED" Water - 1.5 cups for each cup of rice
..and for the sides....there's this very quick tomato n cucumber starter picks and spicy pepper chicken done the kerala style.
Baby Tomato & Cucumber Picks with Chillie-Barbaque sauce dip
Baby tomatoes - red and yellow coloured ones - 6 each
Small sized cucumber - 2
For the sauce - you need -
Barbaque sauce - 3 tbsp
Hot and sweet chillie sauce - 2 tbsp
Paprika powder - a pinch
Mint leaves - to decorate
Cut the baby tomatoes into half.
Cut the cucumber crosswise about 1 cm thick and insert a slice in between the cut tomato as shown.
Join together using a toothpick.
Decorate with a mint leaf .
For the sauce, just mix all the ingredients together, and serve aside the tomato picks.
A quick starter in just a minute.
want something really hot and spicy ??
The kerala style pepper chicken really makes up for the mild and suttle flavour of the red Rice pulav.
You need:Chicken, cut to medium size pieces - 2 kg
4 to 5 tsp - Pepper chicken masala (available in Indian supermarkets)
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Onions , chopped - 3 cups
Pepper chicken masala - 3 tbsp
Chille powder, Coriander powder - 2-3 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Black pepper powder - 1-2 tbsp
Green chilies, chopped - 4-5
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 6-7 cloves
4 to 5 sprigs - Curry leaves
How to prepare Kerala Pepper chicken
Marinate chicken for 30 mins in a marinade made with mixing the said ingredients with little water ,ensure that chicken pieces get well covered in all sides with the marinade mixture.
How to :
Heat a pan & put marinated chicken into the pan ,no need to add water ,close with a lide & cook ,as chicken will leave water it will get cooked in that water ,cook till chicken turns tender ,drain the water from the cooked chicken & keep aside the chicken pieces .
Take another pan & heat oil.
When the oil is hot add in mustard seeds, ginger, garlic, green chillie, and chopped onions.
Fry till it turn brown, add the masalas and stir on low flame till the raw smells leaves and oil separates.
Now add the cooked chicken pieces , pepper powder and mix well with the masala . Once the gravy is well blended,
Remove from heat & off the stove .
Garnish this black pepper chicken with coriander leaves.