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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Vegetable Pulao In Rice Cooker /How To Use a Rice Cooker


It is needless to say that rice is a permanant cereal for most people in the world. However, it's consumtion is more in the Asian continent. Within the passage of time the vareity of recipes and method of preparation of rice have evolved. However, one of the greatest innovation in cooking rice based dishes was done by Toshiba Corporation , Japan who introduced Rice Cookers. Later it was joined in the market by other competitors. It revolutionized the way the rice being cooked from conventional pots on gas or coal to electrified method. This not only reduced the time but also added to the convenience by doing away with disposing of the excess starch. Now, it also meant that you could include veggies, soyabean etc. in the cooker and prepare a pulo for added taste. It has been more than a decade since I started using rice cooker and trust me till date it always performed to my satisfaction. 

Today I am posting Vegetable Pulao in Rice Cooker with just 2 tbsp Ghee. For the best results I have found that when I cooked rice with the same soaking water it yields me the best aromatic grains of basmati rice ever to come out of my kitchen ! 
What else your rice cooker can do :- 
1) I prepare steamed dumplings, momos....Yes you heard me right in that same rice cooker  just put water into the bottom and place the dumplings in the steamer basket (it is a separate item so doesn't come with all rice cooker brands).

2)Steaming vegetables takes less effort, only thing is keep an eye on timer as rice cooker boils water faster than bringing water to a boil in a stove pot. Wghcih eventually saves time and provides good results. The rice cooker turns off the heat automatically to prevent burning the rice or anything  that may scorch inside the cooker.

3) You can also make soups in it.  If rice cooker have been given enough water and time it will create long simered dishes without scorching or boiling over. 

Today's Rice Cookers have a feature "keep warm" with the automatically shut off feature. To help you more most Rice Cookers come up with recipe books so you can know what else you can do except cooking rice in it !!  

Ingredients:
2 cups Basmati rice
1 cup Green peas
3/4 cup chopped French Beans
3/4 cup chopped Carrot
1 " Cinnamon stick
5-6 Black pepper balls
3-4 Cloves
2 Bay leaves
1 tsp Biryani masala powder
2 tbsp Ghee
5 cups of Water (rice:water proportion should be double like here we have taken 2 cups rice so 4 +1 cup water)
Salt to taste

Method:
Pour the measured rice into a bowl and add plenty of water and stir the rice in circles with your fingers to loosen the starches. Pour the starchy water down the drain and rinse two more times with fresh water till the water is almost clear. Now soak the rice with double amount +1 cup extra water and let this sit for almost 20 minutes. For the precise measurement use measuring cups later when you become an expert you can reply on an eyeball measurement !

Keep ready your rice cooker by placing the separator plate at the bottom(see above pic where I am showing). Add rice (except water), all the vegetables, all the raw spices and bay leaves. 

Mix lightly with a long spatula. Add the water which was used for soaking, ghee, biryani masala powder and salt. 

Stir thoroughly. Close the lid of rice cooker (make sure the lid is firmly fitted) and switch on the button.

 Cooking time will depend on the rice quantity and quality. So try not to open the lid to see the progress in between. One or two times is ok to check. Again don't leave the lid open for too long while checking as it may bring down the inside temperature. 
The steamy rice after I opened the lid...
  Once the rice is cooked automatically it will turn "warm" mode from "cooking".Also a word of recommendation, if you watch closely you would notice that there is a keep warm light which automatically goes on once the rice is fully cooked ( pic below)

 It is required not to take out rice for immediate serving rather than to wait for 10-15 minutes in the keep warm  mode so that the excess steam is vented out. This would ensure that the rice is not sticky and soggy and the grains are distinctly separated from each other. Enjoy with your choice of curry.
So now with above explanation take up this challenge and hone your skills to make perfectly cooked rice in Electric Rice Cooker. Also there is a misconception that you could only prepare rice with the rice cooker. On the contrary there are a host of curries and pulses that could be cooked and I could vouch for the fact that it tastes as good as prepared in Wok or Pressure cookers. 

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54 comments:

  1. The pulao looks so pretty with the green and red color veggies...Love it

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  2. Looks so colourful and very useful post too :)

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  3. That's an good idea to use rice cooker when u r running out of time....rice looks perfectly cooked....love that bowl...

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  4. yummy , very often i make veggie pulao in rice cooker but without the plate...i too have the same panasonic cooker

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  5. beautiful looking pulao... amazing...

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  6. Electric rice cooker is the best and very useful thing to have at home.. I'm using rice cooker from almost a 8to10 years.. Now I can never think of cooking any rice item without rice cooker.. It just makes the life very easy.... Rice looks perfect:)

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  7. wonderful post,rice luks so colourful and yum...

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  8. Nice recipe.
    I have always found rice cooker doing better job than pressure cooker when it comes to pulao or Biriyani.

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  9. yummilicious, lip smacking with an awesome presentation.

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  10. This vegetable pulao looks so delicious and so colourful! Lovely presentation and pics.!!
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  11. wooo so simple quick and easy :)


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  12. delicious and yummy rice cooker pulao.

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  13. Very quick rice.love to have it with raita.

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  14. I love to cook in a rice cooker. Nice and mouth watering clicks...

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  15. i like the rice made in rice cooker.. especially ghee rice :) nice post deepa..

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  16. Nice post....quick and easy..bookmarked!!

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  18. wow looking at this i think i will get a rice cooker tomr

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  19. I do even briyani this way with rice cooker, pulao looks incredible,easy and fabulous.

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  20. Delicious vegetable pulao I like that you cooked in rice cooker.

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  21. Wonderful post,perfect cooked and beautiful presentation.

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  22. Looks very good. My favorite rice recipe. Useful post for newbies !!

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  23. Rice looks so superb and perfectly done . useful post for new cooks

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  24. Pulav looks very fluffy and colorful. Like the way you demonstrated the method.Motivating me to use my rice cooker more:) Nice post.

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  25. Superb Deepa. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Ami ajkei try korbo rice cooker e peas pulao. Vegetable pulao looks just tempting.

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  26. YOuare spot on - rice cooker turns out bettr pulao/fried rice/biryani than stove top cookers.
    I use rice cooker to steam idlis too - immerse teh filled idli stand in a water bath inside the rice cooker vessel. Works very well. Steamed idlis ready in 15 minutes.

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  27. Love the beautiful colours to the white. Yummy it looks

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  28. Gud post Deepa ...pulao looks yum and colorful

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  29. am sure this will be tasty and perfectly cooked

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  30. Wow! That pulao looks delicious! Love that you've made them in ur rice cooker. Need to try this one!

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  31. Nicely made! I donated my ice cooker earlier this year - I need a new one!

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  32. The pulao looks soo yummy!!! I just bought a rice cooker and was wondering about the measurements. This post came in the right time. Thanks a ton Deepa... The presentation and the photography is terrific as usual....

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  33. Was thinking in investing in one.. looks like a good idea!

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  34. Loved the entire idea Deepa.Would give it a try soon.

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  35. wonderful looking pulao... delicious...

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  36. This has been very nicely explained. Loved the serving dish.

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  37. thank you soo much for teaching how to use electric rice cooker

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  39. I am very found of rice. pulao look yummy :) rice cookers actually saves time.And it cook perfect I am surely gonna try this.

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  40. This information will increase more and more people to know about all this electric rice cookers.Very Nice Post.it's very nice blog and this is very useful for me thanks.

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  41. thanks a lot for the post i helped me lot. actually i dont know how to use electric rice cooker but the way you presented the steps to make the pulao was nice simple
    once again thanks a lot
    keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  42. Great !!! This is so phenomenal!!!That is very impressive! Steam & Electric Cookers are gorgeous and the makeover is totally amazing. I love it. You really did a super job with the Steam & Electric Cookers! I use to do buy online Steam & Electric Cookers as its time saving.

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  43. Thanks for sharing this post.it such a nice Rice cooker product .i am happy to buy this.

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  44. This is very useful blog with very nice information on this product. I'll suggestelectric rice cooker

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  45. Aluminum used in rice cooker is not safe specially the coating done on them search google.

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