Monday, 18 February 2013

Kadai Pulav (Fried Rice With Vegetables)

Kadai Pulav with Salad and Coriander-Mint chutney

Rice with lots of vegetables in it makes a complete meal. Fried rice is one of the best methods to make children eat vegetables. For me till date it remains the best preparation of rice. It is absolutely easy to make and tasty with all sort of nutrients accumulated in a singal dish.Beans and Nutrela provide proteins,Carrots and cauliflower vitamin A.,Onion provides sulfur and vitamin C along with Potassium. Apart from these much needed dietary fibers and micro nutrients come from these vegetables.Rice provides the carbohydrates. Thus making this dish a complete food.

Preparation Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 15 – 20 min
Servings: 4 Large servings

Ingredients Required for Making Fried Rice:
  • 250 gm. Rice
  • 50 gm. French Beans
  • 50 gm. Carrots
Carrots and beans cut thin pieces
  • 4-5 florets of Cauliflower
  • 1Onion (medium size)(optional)
  • 2 cm. Piece of Ginger
  • 10-15 Nutrela
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2Tea spoon Red chili powder
  • 1/2Tea spoon Garam masala
  • 10 ml Ghee  / Olive oil or any cooking oil
  • 2-3 Sprigs of Fresh Coriander leaves
  • 1/2 Tea spoon Cumin seeds
  • 1-2 Bay leaves
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 Green chili
Green chilies
Direction for Making Fried Rice:
  • Wash the rice and soak it in water for 20-30 min.
  • Soak nutrela in water for 1 hr.
Soaked Nutrela
  • Boil the rice in a container or cooker till it gets cooked but does not become extremely soft and sticky.
  • Cut ginger to small pieces.
  • While the rice is cooking cut the Onions long and thin
  • Cut Carrots, Beans Cauliflower florets long and thin.

Vegetables and Nutrela for fried rice
Cauliflower florets cut to long pieces
  • Squeeze water from the soaked Nutrela, throw the water and keep soaked nutrela aside.
  • Grate ginger.
  • Slice green chili from middle length wise and remove the seeds.
  • Remove the boiled rice and pass lots of water through it so as to remove all excess starch from cooked rice. This will avoid cooked rice grains from getting stuck to each other.
  • Keep aside the cooked rice.
Boiled Rice
  • Add cut onion a long and thin.
Long thin cut Onion
  • Heat ghee / oil in a thick bottom wok and when the ghee is hot add 
    • Cumin seeds
    • Bay leaves and 
    • Cloves and cook for 30 sec.
  • Add grated ginger,onion and green chili.Cook on low flame till they become translucent.
Onions fried to translucent state
  • Add soaked nutrela and cook for 2-3 min. with continuous stirring.
  • Add cut vegetables and stir cook them for 3-4 min.

Nutrela and vegetables added to translucent onion
Vegetables and Nutrela cooked for 3 min. and ready for spices to be added
  • The vegetables will change the color but will maintain the crunchy texture.
  • Add 
    • turmeric
    • Garam masala,
    • Red chili powder
    • Salt and mix nicely.
Spices added to Vegetables
Spices mixed in vegetables and being cooked for 1 min.
  • Add cooked rice (boiled rice) and mix nicely.
Rice added to vegetable and spices mixture
  • Cook with continuous stirring for 1-2 min.
Rice mixed with spices and vegetabl
  • Cover and cook for 2-3 min. with occasional stirring.
  • Switch off the gas after 2-3 min. of cooking. Let the rice stand for 1-2 min. The spices flavor will soak nicely in the rice.
  • Garnish with Coriander leaves.
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  • Serve hot fried rice with salad, chutney and raita.

Kadai Pulav with Salad and Chutney
  • If rice is being cooked in the cooker then once the pressure is built in the cooker cook for 2 min and switch off the gas.
  • If rice is being cooked in open container then excess water can be taken and once rice is cooked the remainder water should be drained off.
  • Saffola rice is low on starch and the rice grains do not stick to each other.
  • If you wish to add cabbage in the fried rice then do not add onion, onion and cabbage do not go too well together.
  • Left over rice from meals can be used for making fried rice.
Suggested Variations:
  • If you do not like yellow color in fried rice then turmeric should be avoided.
  • Cottage cheese, shredded chicken / mutton can be sauteed and added along with the vegetables.
  • To add color and nutrition red, green, yellow bell pepper can be added along with other vegetables.
  •  Fresh green peas can be added to the onions and cooked for 2-3 min. before rest of the vegetable s are added.
Green Peas

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for working so hard on this wonderful rice. thankyou for shearing this information with us!Healty Food



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