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Friday, June 10, 2011

Shahjahani Pulao - Multi Colored Pulao



                                                                 
This is a special type of pulao which is a clear change from the day to day plain rice which we are used to have. Being a multi layered colorful preparation adds to the vibrancy of this preparation amongst both children or adults. Hope by preparing this meal , you would receive a number of compliments from your family and friends for bringing variety in their meals.



Ingredients:
2 cups Basmati rice
3 Onions
2 Black Cardamom
1" inch Cinnamon stick
3-4 Bay leaves
2 Green cardamoms
1 tsp Jeera
3-4 Cloves(Laung)
12 Black peppercorns
1 1/2 Red chilli powder
2 1/4 tsp Salt or according to your taste
2 tbsp Ghee/oil


For Decoration
1/2 cup boiled Peas
2 Tomatoes, cut into thin round slices
75 gms Paneer
1 Carrot
3-4 Green chillies
Food color -Red & Yellow
!/2 cup Cashews and raisins


Method:
Wash and soak rice for 1/2 hour. In the meantime chop onion into thin lengthwise strips. Heat oil/ghee in a large pan and add bay leaves, green cardamom, black cardamom, cinnamon stick, cloves and peppercorns, when these spices start to leave theri aroma add onions and fry until it turns brown. Add red chilly powder, salt and add rice to the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes. Now add double amount of water into the rice.  Since I have used 2 cups rice here, I added 4 cups of water. Bring first boil on high speed then cover and let it cook on low flame till water evaporates.


On another skillet heat ghee add green peas stir fry for a minute and keep aside. In the remaining oil add carrot and sprinkle salt, fry for a minute and keep aside. Finally add paneer pieces and fry for a short period on low flame and keep aside. Don't over fry paneer here or they will become hard. Distribute the rice into three portions, add red color in one portion, add yellow color in one portion and leave alone the third portion for the white color.Now take a heavy bottomed vessel and grease the bottom with little ghee so that rice doesn't stick to the bottom and place the tomato slices first, sprinkle some cashews and raisins. Spread the red color rice evenly, then decorate with fried carrot.Above the layer of carrot spread white rice and decorate that layer with green peas. Finally spread yellow rice and decorate with paneer pieces. Cover the vessel with a heavy lid and let this cook on low flame for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and dig through all the 3 layers to make sure that plate has all the colors to please your eye first before delighting your taste buds. Have this rice with Mixed Vegetables in Cream and Coconut Gravy or any curry of your choice.

Look at the beautiful layers of rice here.....
                                                                 

69 comments:

  1. Wow, the colors are so vibrant. looks very inviting..

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  2. Looks so tempting, even seeing this is a treat..Thanks so much for the recipe, AND FOR THE PICS !!!

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  3. Wow Looks colourful and tempting . Sure a treat for the eyes

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  4. Lovely colorful rice....looks so delicious..:)

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  5. indeed very beautiful and mouth-watering

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  6. wow..lovely multicoloured pulao dear...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  7. OMG.. Looks so colorful and tempting.. thanks for the amazing recipe :)
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  8. Fabulous colorful pulao!

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  9. wow looks colorful and delicious pulao .........

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  10. Looks yummy. A change that I will definitely be trying.Thanks.

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  11. This pulao totally lives up to its name..it looks so colorful, pretty and delicious, Deepa!

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  12. Looks fantastic. What a lovely vibrant color.

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  13. Colorful and yummy looking pulao, looks delicious.

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  14. Lovely layers of flavorful rice.Looks delicious.

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  15. Very flavourful rice..love the layers!!real tempting one..

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  16. Multicolored and flavorful,looks so tempting dear,will surely give this a try..

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  17. colorful and flavorful.. Beautiful layers.

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  18. Colorful and yummy pulao... Would love to have it anytime...

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  19. gosh, colorful and awesome! loved it deepa

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  20. Simply colorful!! :) looks so inviting :)

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  21. Looks really colorful....and the whole lot of spices would surely make it equally flavourful!!!

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  22. Multo color with so much of flavors awesome.. for the pics n for the treat to eyes..

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  23. Pulav looks so rich and beautiful.I always love colorful food:) It will be a center of attraction if made for a party. Yummm....

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  24. Nice one !! so colorful and wonderful puloa !!

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  25. This absolutely looks delicious and very very tempting. Seriously the colors are such a great addition to this pulao. Love the recipe :)

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  26. Pulov is looking to delicious. Even the pics itself is a treat.
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  27. Yummy Dish..lovely one...Bookmarked..will try soon for the recipe..

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  28. Woww colourful and catchy layered pulao looks extremely inviting, picture itself speaks a lot..

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  29. hey deepa,
    That's a lovely looking rice dish!! would love to treat my family with this one!! :P

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  30. wow..very colourful and delicious rice..shall try this out..

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  31. wow so flavorful n colorful pulav...very nice presentation dear...cant wait to try this..so delicious...amazing pictures

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  32. yummy and tempting pulao with lovely and vibrant colors...:)

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  33. Looks really tasty and colourful

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  34. This pulao sounds so delicious!

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  35. Finger licking delicious n beautiful looking!

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  36. this is absolutely delightful and what a gorgeous color of layering u got, I love shahjani pulao and this is just wonderful.

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  37. Amazingly delicious n beautiful looking pulao! All the wonderful colors are making it even more exotic n appetizing!
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  38. Wow...just loved the colours. Will try this for sure.
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  39. This multicolored pulao looks amazing Deepa. Love it.

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  40. Colorful looking fluffy looking rice wil lots of flavor :)

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  41. Absolutely different type of pulao. Looks colourful, flavourful, exotic and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

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  42. deepa looks greato !! thumbs-up to this delightful looking treat !

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  43. i follow the same recipe in microwave.. :)

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  44. Delicious pulao dear! Loved the colors...truly inviting ;)

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  45. Very colourful n yum ...loved it Deepa ....those peas looks so attractive

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  46. Such a beautiful plate of pulao! Love the ingredients and the pretty colours. Looks delicious too!

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  47. love d spread of healthy colors...excellent clicks in your special touch dear..:)
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  48. This looks so pretty and delicious too! I love aromatic rice like this :D)!

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  49. oh wow these look divine and great color..just love it.

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  50. Very colorful.... Lovely pictures.... So mouthwatering... YUM!

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  51. Pulao looks very very tasty...Lovely clicks as well.

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  52. Delicious, royal, colorful & inviting pulao!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  53. Love this colorful pulao, so tempting & absolutely fantastic!

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  54. Tempting clicks and looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing this great idea...

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  55. oh I love how colorful this is!

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  56. Thats a stunning pulav with colorful layers..Great pics and recipe!

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  57. Look at the colors!!! Very tasty looking pulao!

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  58. its so colorful....looks very yummy

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  59. wow..colorful and delicious pulav..after seeing your pics, I am feeling hungry,,,,:)

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  60. Lovely Vibrant coloured Rice Deepa...would have tasted Awesome:)

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  61. Deepa ...this looks so so delicious girl, if only u lived in boston ...sigh :(

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  62. Mouthwatering pictures and the recipe is a keeper!

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