Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Nawabi Pilau




In my opinion Cumin is a King of Spices. Nawabi Pilau means Pilau fit for a king, cumin being a king of spices, should surely play the leading role in this kingly dish.




This is my entry for Sunita of Sunita's World's Think Spice series

This is also my entry for JFI Rice, hosted by the lovely Sharmi of Neivedyam

Ingredients

1 cup rice (basmati); washed thoroughly and soaked for at least 30 minutes
1 ½ cups water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspn cumin
3 cloves
1 2 inch stick cinnamon
3 cardamom pods
6 whole peppercorns
1 large onion, minced
2 large tomatoes; blanched, peeled and chopped fine
2-4 garlic cloves, minced
2 inch piece of ginger; grated
2-3 green chilies; minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoons coriander powder
1 tablespoon of oil for the nuts
1 cup chopped nuts (pistachios, almonds and melon seeds), roughly
1 tablespoon raisins
salt to taste

Method
1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the cumin, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and peppercorns, let them pop.
2. Add the onions, fry until they are a rich brown, add the tomatoes, garlic, ginger and chillies. Mix and cook for 5 minutes.
3. Add the rice and the water, bring to boil, lower the heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
4. Meanwhile heat the oil and fry the nuts, and soak the saffron in a little warm milk or water


5. Add the nuts and saffron to the rice, and mix gently with a fork
Serve goes very well is roast lamb, although on this occasion I served it at a vegan meal.

31 comments:

Asha said...

OOh! I was waiting for this Saju! So many fragrant spices, I love it for a special Sunday meal.Looks great, fit for a Nawab indeed!:))

Saju said...

Hi Asha, any news of your laser thing

Sharmi said...

Waw pulao looks too good. what a tempting picture. is it not for JFI too:) i am getting real greedy!!! what a great treat.

Saju said...

Hey! it can be. I will send a pic to you and put in your detail in the post. bear with me

Aruna said...

Saaju, Nawabi pulao looks deliicous bet it tastes wonderfull tooo!!!

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Suganya said...

1 cup of nuts? Now that makes me feel like a queen :)

Saju said...

Suganya, you're right, this pulao was nutty. I loved it, so did my guests.

Poonam said...

I can see all that cumin working there!

Manasi said...

Truly Nawabi!! 1 cup of nuts!! cool!!! must taste awesome!!!

Kelly Mahoney said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Great dish, looks tasty!

archana said...

This must be tasting awesome with so many nuts and spices :) Picture looks nice. Your menu was really gr8 :)

Kamini said...

Yummy looking biryani Saju..Looks fabulous.
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Prajusha said...

saju,
wow.. nawabi pulao looks yummy and delicious. beautiful pics.

Nags said...

wow! pulao meant for a king! thats so awesome! :)

thatnks for your visit and the comment, saju.

Lia said...

ohhhhhhhhhh suddenly iam feeling hungry, iam enjoying all indian biryani and rice, and urs looks so tempting :D

Cinnamon said...

Yummy.. Pulav.. and as name suggests, really fit for a Nawab :)
Looks very delicious!!

sunita said...

That's one 'nawabi' dish indeed...thanks for the entry...glad you could participate :)

Sia said...

fit for the royal. it makes me hubgry....

Coffee said...

GLUP!!! That looks like a super nawabi pilau!!

TBC said...

"Nawabi" indeed! Nice entry for the event.

Padma said...

What a *Nawabi* pulao it is, indeed! With all those rich inputs...

Bharathy said...

Perfect,spicy meal,saju...ingredients are a little too much...hurrah to the blend to perfection!!!Keep it up man!:)

meeso said...

Great pictures, too appetizing!

Cynthia said...

Cumin is really a mighty spice. What a beautiful and delicious way to honour it.

Kajal said...

What great pulav......really looks Nawabi.:)

SeeC said...

Lovely treat !!! Real nawabi.

canarygirl said...

Hi Saju! Your version of the rice looks fabulous! The raisins are a great touch...I like to add dates to mine sometimes as well. Beautifully done! :)

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Saju...just saw ur Nawabi Pulao...looks great and yummy dear....u used an array of spices which makes the dish very interesting :-)

anaar said...

Looks great. When you say mix the saffron..do you mean the color it took out or the actual saffron?

Saju said...

I mean the actual saffron

Anonymous said...

Hi, very interesting post, greetings from Greece!

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