Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Raisin pulav with pumpkin seeds

Pulav is one of our favourite rice dishes and hence we eat it frequently. Traditionally the rice is fried in ghee or oil and then boiled in water with spices and vegetables. I usually make it with leftover rice since it’s a simple way to make use of it. It is quick and easy to make but still very tasty. I normally use green peas and corn but feel free to mix it up with other vegetables.


- 3 cups leftover basmati rice
- 1 Tsp. black mustard seeds
- 1 cup corn and green peas
- 1/8 cup pumpkin seeds or more
- 1/ 8 cup raisins or more
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 Tsp. curry powder
- 1 Tbsp. ghee or oil
- 3 green cardamom pods
- Salt to taste
- ¼ Tsp. turmeric
- Pinch hing/asafoetida


In a large saucepan heat the ghee/oil and add the mustard seeds. When they pop, add the hing/asafoetida, turmeric, cardamom and cinnamon stick. Fry for some seconds till it gives out a nice aroma. Add corn and peas and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the pumpkin seeds and raisins and cook for one more minute. Add the rice and mix well. Add in salt and curry powder and mix well that all blends together nicely. Stir for 1-2 minutes. Serve.
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