‘Thinnai pechu veenaa pochu’ goes a famous tamil saying . It means that all chitchat is a waste of time. I agree, but in one such kind of gala chat I had with my friends back home, we started talking about food and it ended up like a recipe exchange workshop. I carried home this recipe , tried it and from then owned it in a special page of my recipe book. It is so rich in taste and perfect for a special occasion.
By the way, have you ever had the problem with the kids spitting the full mouth of rice just for a spicy chunk or for a chilli peice? My daughter does it and I try in all my preparations to include the spices in a form she takes it. For this reason, I like to call this as a ‘no spit’ vegetable pulav.
Basmati rice – 1 and 1/2 cups
Coconut milk-1 and 1/2 cup
Water -1 and 1/2 cup
Oil – 1/2 cup
Butter- 2 tbsp
Bay leaf – 1 number
Pearl onion – 1 cup
Diced tomato-3/4 cup
Peeled and diced potato- 1/2 cup
Diced carrots, beans, cauliflower florets, peas – each 1/2 cup
Mint leaves- 10 leaves
Cloves- 5 number
Poppy seeds- 1/2 tsp
Cardamom- 2 number
Cinnamon- 2 inch peice
Red chilli powder -1 tbsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 2 pinches
Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp
Green chilli- 2 number
Ginger-1 inch peice
Take the dry ingredients in the spice list and grind first. This is important when using poppy seeds. Add garlic, ginger and chilli then and grind to a fine paste.
In a big pressure cooker, heat oil and butter. When it is real hot, throw in the bay leaf and onions , saute well. When the onions turn transparent, add all the vegetable except tomato. Stir in for few minutes and add the masala. After a couple of minutes, throw in tomatoes and salt to wilt the tomatoes quickly. Add the cilantro and mint.
Work on slow heat, by that time wash and soak the basmati rice. When the raw smell fades away, add the rice and stir slightly. Now add the coconut milk and water . Test the spice level and salt level. When the water comes to a boil, close the lid and cover the nozzle with a stainless steel tumbler. Keep medium heat. Turn off the heat after 10 long minutes. Wait for a while and open the lid to fill your house with the spicy aroma. Smell, see and eat! Enjoy!
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25 thoughts on “The ‘No Spit’ Vegetable Pulav”
I am the first here too!:))
I love the title,No spit!:D
Pics are beautiful,and the recipe sounds great.Enjoy LA.Hugs!
I always prefer single dish. Your pulav looks awesome and I like the Raitha bowl. Thanks for sharing.
recipe is looking different by adding red chilly powder..will try ur version soon.pictures rae beautiful
I like the receipe very much, which milk i never tried,let me try for sure.
What a great title! and,of course, I can totally relate to it!
Nice recipe with coconut milk..thanks!
Lakshmi….i am glas entha thinnai pecchu veena pohale..Mouthwatering pulav..will try this week itself..picture say it all…
Lakshmi, very nice recipe. Your pulav is delicious.
Lakshmi the pulav looks wonderful, My veg. pulav always tends to clump up, will try it your way soon.
OHHH! This does look delish. I love the simplicity of a veg pulao but the mega taste you get out of it. I have never added coconut milk to my pulaos but it is a brilliant ideas.
Nice blog, I will come back and keep reading. Please take a look at mine, it’s about slow cooker recipes.
I made this pulao yesterday and it was awesome! Thanks for the great recipe!
Thanks friends. By the cooker method I tried , you will never end up in a glumpy pulav.Do try and let me know. Also teh coconut milk gives a grand taste to the dish.
Thanks for visiting gmh!Sure, will visit yours.
I am happy that you liked it Nandini. It is my pleasure.
Just wanted to let you know that I made this pulao and it came out very well. The masala was very fragrant and the flavors sit well even after a few days in the fridge. Thank you for posting.
Thanks dear Terri. I am happy you loved it!
The ‘No Spit’ pulao turns out perfect every time i make it. Its rather easy with the perfect set of directions that you have given.
The best that i ever tried. Thanks for sharing your recipe
I tried your recipe with some modifications. It is simply AMAZING! My husband is Indian (I am not), and for once, I managed to impress him with my vegetable pulao :D. Thank you so much!
(In the spirit of sharing, allow me to share you my modifications: I used yoghurt instead of coconut milk, replaced green cardamoms with 2 black cardamoms, added 1 tsp garam masala because I can’t grind the spices, and added about 1/4 cup of tamarind pulp. But the rest, I rely on your genial spices. I will definitely use your original recipe next time. Thank you, thank you!)
Thanks for the fantastic recipe…. i bumped into the recipe today afternoon and guess wat it is ready here in front of me and it tastes yummy……
It was fun preparing this recipe and wud be fun serving to the guests walking in today at my place….. Bye
I was searching for a veg rice recipe with coconut milk so long. Now i got it. Thanks..
I tried this recipie today and it was simply delicious……its the best pulav that i have ever made……pz let m know if u can gring pepper corns instead of chilli pwd…..
Sounds Yummy & Looks Delicious!!!Must Give a Try Recipe!!
hi…today i was searching for a veg pulav recipe..saw many varieties but i liked urs the most for appearance as well as taste..i tried it today..really delicious..thanks alot for sharing such a nice recipe..keep posting good dishes…all the best..
Excellent article. I am experiencing many of these issues as well.