Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Beet Rice Pulao

Yellow,mellow ripened days
Sheltered in a golden coating
O’er the dreaming ,lightless haze,
White and dainty cloudlets floating
Winking at the blushing trees,
And the sombre,furrowed fallow;
Smiling at the airy ease
Of the southward flying swallow;
Sweet and smiling are thy ways
Beauteous ,golden Autumn days.
----------Will Carleton

While coming back to home , me and my daughter picked this leaf.I guess this is maple or may be tulip, anyone out there please clear my doubt….

Looks like I am addicted to Beetroot.First it was Beet Soya Subzi then Vegetable Cutlets ,then Beet Shake'er Chorchori and now Beet rice pulao.But trust me ,this has helped me a lot to bring out changes in our menu.I mean one pot meal are always easy to fix and great to eat.And when one picky eater also starts enjoying the dish ,then sure it’s a keeper recipe.Look at the dazzling colour it imparts to the mundane pulao.Tinge of red –orange reminds me about the fall season here.So a simple recipe to go with the season of fall.Presenting to you Beet Rice Pulao.

Beet Rice Pulao
Serves -3-4
1large cup of basmati rice
1 beet chopped finely
Vegetables of yor choice,I have used following
¼ cup of chopped mushroom
¼ cup of green peas
¼ cup of carrots chopped finely
¼ cup of beans chopped finely
3-4 cloves-long
2 cardamoms
1 inch cinnamon stick
Some cashews
½ tsp of red pepper powder
½ tsp of garam masala
3-4 tbs of cooking oil
1 tbs of sugar
Salt as per taste
Cook the rice.
When still hot add in 1-2 tbs of butter and gently mix in.
In a separate pan, add oil, temper it with cloves,cardamom,cinnamon stick and cashews
Add in all the chopped vegetables, add in salt,sugar and red pepper powder and garam masala.
Stir fry the vegetables for few mintues,make sure they remain crunchy.
Transfer the cooked vegetables in to the rice ,making a layer of cooked rice and then cooked vegetables
When all the vegetables are used ,then cover the pot tight.
TIP-Serve with hard boiled eggs and spicy shrimp fry as sides.Vegetarian can have spicy stir/fry paneer tikka or tofu fry.

There are many good blogs which I like to read.From now on ,I will try to write about them and providing links for you .
This week I have two wonderful blogs to talk about -

a) Sudeshna’s Cook Like A Bong( http://bengalicuisine.net/ ) needs no introduction , as a home cook she has come up with her nice collection of Bengali recipes.If you want to know more about Bengali culture and cuisine then this is a good stop for you.

b) Another great blog by a stunning artist is Dithi's Deezden(http://deezden.blogspot.com/) .Her breath-taking creations makes me speechless sometimes.If you are into arts and crafts ,then this is a great place to hang in.
Watch out for more interesting links in coming weeks.

These are some of the goodies I made for deepavali, I will be sharing the recipes in coming weeks soon.

So, keep cooking good food and Happy Cooking


  1. baah baah Jaya, onek din baade elaam, eshei aito gulo shushaadu khabar pelaam :)

    Beet aamar ekdom bhalo laage naa, jodio pulao taa daruun dekhte hoyechhe aar mone hochhe kheteo darrun ii hobe!!Diwali'r mishti gulo khoob bhalo dekhachhe...good to see all these new posts!!

  2. Ki shundor dekhte hoyeche polau ta Jaya! Amar polau etu sticky hoye jaye ... eta ekdom perfect! :-)

  3. Beautiful and delicous looking rice.

  4. I really want to have this pilaf for dinner tonight... amader barite keu neet bhalobashe na, except me, ami sudhu beet soup banai jets sabai khaye.... maybe they can appreciate this dish, I must give it a try...
    To me the leaf seems maple...
    How is you daughter holding up now.....

  5. J,
    hmm beet bhalo lagena ,may be eyi bhabhe banale ekto bhalo lagte pare..

    Pulao Sticky hoye ..
    A) If you are making the rice( make sure to take the vessel off the stove-top few minutes before rice is being properly cooked,rest will be cooked due to the heat the hot rice generally has) and then mixing it with cooked vegetables by layering method ..then it wont stick..
    B) there is other method also ,fry the rice well with other spices for 5-7 mints ..and then add in vegetables ..cook at low ,slowly..
    inspite of these ,if it still sticks..
    add in some lemon juice while it still piping hot ...
    adding few tsp of butter also help..
    sprinkling some cold water also helps.
    try to keep open the vessel for few minutes after the pulao is cooked ,till the moisture escapes out and then cover it.
    hope it helps ..

    thank you for coming


    yeah beet pilaf try korbe ..hote pare barite pochondo korog..
    yes,I also think it's maple ..ekto doubt chilo tai..
    my daughter aww.. every morning she says , she wont go to school anymore but when she comes out from the class in the evening , she seemed to had a nice time,eyikhane pora/shonar chaap ta kom , amaar mone hoye O ja shikhe che India te shob bhole jabe LOL.. ...
    Blogger had this great outage and I was not able to login in and read the blogs i like to read , now it's working ..cant Imagine life without this blog :)..
    thank you all for coming
    hugs and smiles

  6. good lord this looks lovely! i am sure i wouldn't be underweight if i could have such ravenous dishes regularly ;)

    i am personally a cookery disaster. though i am trying to learn. will bug you for suggestions at times if i need :D

  7. It's so nice to read ur write ups jaya :) the pics are so beautiful, esp. the one which ur kiddo is eating the pulao :) The pulao looks stunning too ;)
    woooooooooooooa and the sweets they all look so well prepared and so nicely presented am waiting for the recipes dear.
    Thanks for the links I'll def. visit the blogs :)

  8. Do visit my blog when u find time

  9. A colorful and healthy pulao, Jaya..perfect for kids too

  10. olive Oyl,
    hi and warm welcome here..sure and I would love to hear from you more :)..

    thank you!

    yeah lil one enjoyed it and Diwali goodies were real good treat for us,reminded how my ma would make many of them and store them beforehand :)..thanks for coming by..

    My Kitchen ,
    hi and warm welcome..

    yeah it was so nice , somebody even refered it to "Bitten" , a blog by Mark Bittaman at NY Times
    here is the link...


    hugs and smiles

  11. Wow lovely Pualo, looks more like a biryani with color
    Will try this

  12. The pickiest eater on the planet (my son) polished off his bowl of this pulao today. THANK YOU!!!!

    1. wow! really it does give so much satisfaction reading your comment..after all what is the purpose of cooking and then blogging it about,only to feed our loved ones..hugs to you and your lil one :-)..


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