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October 11, 2007

BAKED SAFFRON PULAO

RPulao ,possibly the most sought-after preparation ,whether it is veg or non-veg, pulao lovers want it all the time, and yes! for all of us who have had a hard day at work, a one-pot meal like this, is a boon. No making chapatis, dal, vegetable separately, just add everything in one go ,and there you are done !

Pulao's normally tend to be on the heavier ,greasier side, but here I am baking the pulao, which translates into simply, less toil, less time in the kitchen, all the veggies are intact and it's great for health, plus a touch of saffron for the exotic-loving ,so what are we waiting for, with just simple side-dishes of cucumber-tomato raita , achar and papad, your family will be left asking for more ! 21092007503                                                        Baked saffron rice pulao

Ingredients-

  • Onion - 1 medium, sliced
  • Tomato - 1 medium, chopped
  • Capsicum - 1 medium, chopped
  • Carrot- 1 chopped
  • Garlic- 3-4 cloves, chopped
  • Rice- 1 cup, soaked for 15 mins.
  • cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Oil- 2 tbsp.
  • Bayleaves- 2
  • Garam masala- 2 tbsp
  • Mint- 1 tbsp.,chopped
  • Green chillies,chopped- 2
  • Few strands of Saffron ,mixed in 1 tbsp milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method-

Preheat oven .Take a large baking pan,add oil spread onions,tomatoes, capsicum, carrots, cumin, garlic, green chillies and bay leaves, bake for 15 minutes, everything will get lightly browned and will be sizzling, add the rice ,masala and the salt and pepper, add water approximately one inch above the level of the rice ,sprinkle the saffron strands and milk on top, sprinkle mint and bake for approx, half an hour.21092007498      

       all the sliced and chopped veggies in the pan- ready for baking

I was very pleased with this pulao when I first made it, since it is absolutely no-fuss, and perfect for all those times you just don't feel like cooking much( and for lazy bones too). Each grain of rice separates perfectly and the veggies retain a light crunch, you can taste the subtle flavor of saffron and and the sharpness of mint as well, all in all highly recommended !                                         

The aroma of this pulao will find it's way to Sunita's event-at  http://sunitabhuyan.blogspot.com/2007/08/my-monthly-event-think-spice-think.html    My monthly spice event...

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12 comments :

zlamushka October 11, 2007 at 5:21 PM  

hi darling,

lovely pulao... saffron I like. I am already preparing my appetite for next summer. Looking forward to meeting with you in person :-)

Asha October 11, 2007 at 5:54 PM  

I love Kesar Pulao, in fact I made it for Sunday lunch but lot simpler than this. Pulao looks gorgeous Bindiya,never baked but usually use Microwave. Enjoy and have a great weekend,hugs:)

Padma October 11, 2007 at 6:03 PM  

That is one delectable pulao, i love any variety of pulav/biryani

Apple October 11, 2007 at 6:11 PM  

Pulao looks great Bindiya...Baking is a nice idea...would try it soon...I too made saffron pulao for the event, but on stove top...

Sandeepa October 11, 2007 at 6:39 PM  

totally baked, that is a good idea, shall try sometime. Did you try in microwave too ?

sunita October 11, 2007 at 8:35 PM  

Thanks for the lovely recipe...baking is always welcome.

TBC October 11, 2007 at 9:07 PM  

Wow! A baked pulav! That is so nice & healthy.

Suganya October 12, 2007 at 12:29 AM  

I don't add vegetables to my saffron pulao. May be I should. Pulao looks very appetizing :)

Sharmi October 12, 2007 at 12:33 AM  

very yummy looking rice and a great entry. I also liked the pic of Maduri
Meenakshi temple. nice post!

zlamushka October 12, 2007 at 12:20 PM  

Oh, go and have a look at my blog roll on the right side... YEEEES, I added you to my absolute favorite blogging sweethearts ;-)

Saju October 12, 2007 at 6:01 PM  

how absolutely yummy pulao, it looks amazing

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