This is one of the dishes I learned to make during my cake baking session with Prethi. Basmati rice is something new for me. It’s more delicate grain that my usual long grain rice and has a lower glycemic index, 67 vs. 89. Cooked this way, it gets a wonderful dash of color and spice and was the perfect base for dal fry – our next recipe.
2 cups basmati rice
1 heaping tablespoon clarified butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 bay leaves
4 whole cloves
3 cardamon pods, split open
1 cinnamon stick, shredded (the cinnamon was thinner than what I usually find in the US)
1 cup diced onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic*
1 teaspoon minced ginger*
1 cup frozen peas
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups water
* Most Indian dishes involve minced garlic and ginger; Prethi uses them everyday. So she processes equal parts in small food processor, enough for several days, and refrigerates in a covered container.
- Add rice to a bowl and cover with a couple inches of water. Let it soak for 30 minutes before beginning to cook; this will remove some of the starch and is supposed to keep the grains of rice from breaking during cooking
- Add clarified butter and oil to a large saucepan (one with a lid) on medium high heat
- Add bay leaves, cloves, cardamon, and cinnamon, cook for 2 minutes
- Add onion, cook 3 minutes, stirring
- Add garlic and ginger, cook 2 minutes, continuing to stir
- Drain the rice, add to the saucepan with the peas, salt, and water
- Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 12 – 14 minutes, until you see holes from the columns of steam.
- Remove from heat, stir, cover, and let sit for 5 more minutes
Note: you can make this vegetable pulao by using mixed veg rather than peas.
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she loves connecting readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.