Ingredients for Pulav
1 cup Basmati Rice
2 cups Water
200 gms Button Mushroom, sliced thin
1 larg onion, finely chopped
1 Green chilli, slit lengthwise
1 medium piece Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Caraway seeds (black cumin seeds/shahi/kala jeera) (refer notes)
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
3 pods of Green cardamom
1 Bay leaf
1 or 2 petals of Star Anise
5 tablespoons of Coriander leaves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons of Mint leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Ghee
Salt to taste
Ingredients for Garnish
Cashew - 10, roasted in ghee
Raisins - 10, sauteed in ghee
1 Onion (small), finely sliced
Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 1/2 an hour. Drain and keep aside.
Heat ghee in a pressure cooker or sauce pan on medium heat. Once hot, add the caraway seeds and saute for a few seconds. Add chopped onions, green chilli and cinnamon stick and saute till onion turns golden brown.
Now add the sliced mushroom along with turmeric and salt and saute till the mushrooms turn glossy and reduce in quantity. Mushrooms release a lot of water when cooked, so saute until the water evaporates.
Add the cardamom, cloves, star anise and bay leaves and saute for a few minutes. Now add the basmati rice and stir constantly on a medium flame for 5 minutes till the rice turns glossy and starts crackling. Add the 2 cups of water and check for salt. (add more salt if necessary). Add chopped coriander and mint leaves. Cover the pan and once the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat to low and simmer until all the water is absorbed. Turn off the heat and allow the rice to rest for about 5 minutes before opening.
Heat ghee in a small pan; add the onion and saute until caremelized.
Separate the rice with a fork without pressing it too much. Garnish with caremelized onions and roasted cashew and raisins. Serve hot.