Like noodles, I think veggie pulao is again a favorite with almost everybody. This kind of pulao is also always a crowd pleaser. A handful of veggies of choice, some whole spices and rice - there is something that is so comforting.
1 cup basmati rice, clean, and soak in cold water for about 15-20 minutes. Drain and keep aside
1 1/2 cups, mixed veggies of your choice (I use the frozen ones)
2 badi/moti elaichi (black cardamom)
2-3 choti elaichi (green cardamom)
1" cinnamon stick, broken into 2
2 bay leaves
2 1/2 cups of water
1/4 tsp ghee
1/2 tsp each cumin powder, coriander powder and chilli powder
Salt to taste
OilHeat oil in a dutch oven Add the cloves + badi elaichi + green cardamom + peppercorns + cinnamon stick + bay leaf. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the mixed vegetables now and cook till the veggies are almost done. Add the soaked rice and cook for a minute. Add water + salt + cumin powder + coriander powder + chilli powder + ghee. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, cover and cook till rice is done and water is evaporated. Serve hot with yogurt or raita. Enjoy !