Recipe for the Week - Mushroom and Bell Pepper Pulao

11:12:00 am

Whew!! Last night was crazy. Cub had an earache and was crying throughout. We called up my Mom in the middle of the night (she’s a pediatrician), and then tried all kinds of things from paracetamol & ear drops to massaging, story telling, carrying him around. Finally he fell asleep towards dawn. When kids get sick, it can be really distressing :-(.

Anyway, enough of sickness, now for some health. This is a wonderful anti-oxidant filled, really healthy pulao. It is very mildly spiced and would do great with a fiery non veg/paneer dish and a cooling cucumber raitha.

What you’ll need (2-3 servings):

  1. 1.5 cups long grain rice
  2. 50 g button mushrooms – halved (mine were huge, so I quartered them)
  3. ½ green bell pepper – diced
  4. ½ red bell pepper – diced
  5. ½ onion - chopped
  6. ½ tomato - chopped (big pieces)
  7. 2 cloves garlic - sliced
  8. 2 cardamoms
  9. ½ “ cinnamon stick
  10. ½ tsp cumin seeds
  11. 3 cups water
  12. salt to taste
  13. 1 tbsp sunflower oil

What you’re going to do:

1. Wash the rice and drain it in a colander. (I know, mine does look a lot like a trophy :-))

2. Place a medium heavy bottomed pot on a high flame and heat the oil.

3. Fry the cumin, cardamoms, cinnamon, onion and garlic for a minute.

4. Lower the heat and add the vegetables and tomatoes. Fry for a few minutes.

5. Add the drained rice and fry again for 2 minutes.

6. Add the water and salt and stir well.

7. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat, cover and let it cook till all the water is absorbed.
8. Turn off the heat and serve.

Enjoy a healthy and nutritious meal!!

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  1. Oh boy! This looks yum. I have to try this out! I think I'll add in some sweet chili sauce to spice things up a bit:-)
    Wondering if you have a good recipe for Chinese Fried Rice. I'd really like that!

  2. I never added Mushroom to pulav...would try this ...looks delicious!!!

    Much Love

  3. @Prerna
    Yes, this is a pretty mild dish, we had it with a really hot chicken pepper fry!!
    I've been on the lookout for a proper friend rice recipe for ages!!! Let's see, maybe it'll come up soon!

  4. @Lipsy
    Do try it, mushrooms are full of anti oxidants and are only about 20-30 calories a cup, not to mention really yummy!!

  5. Wow! simple recipe power packed with veggies! will try it for sure..hope ur son's feeling better now...was thinking why u've been out of action for a bit..
    Do take care,

  6. @Kalyani
    Thanks a lot of asking Kalyani, you're a dear. Yup, he's much better now, though we didn't send him to playschool. He's sitting here right now with his trucks, going vrooooommm!!!!

  7. You make cooking seem so easy...I definitely don't want my mom 2 see this post of yours ;)

  8. @opal
    Thanks!! Ha ha, I actually despised cooking when I was younger, but was forced to start when I was trapped in a PG in Bangalore with a terrible mess!! Ever since, I've enjoyed it!!

  9. Looks delicious... I'm not a good cook, but someday, I'll try this...
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