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Mushroom Pulav

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Mushroom Pulav
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Mushroom Pulav spiced up with green chillies and cinnamon makes a perfect one dish dinner that can be made under an hour.  Mushroom as a vegetable might be a little bland and sometimes doesn't please everyone's taste buds. But with the right mix of spices and aromatics, this simple vegetable produces a dish quite scrumptious. All the flavours of the exotic spices infuse into the rice giving this pulav the perfect flavour.

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
4 Cloves
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

Method

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.

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Last modified on Thursday, 03 October 2013 10:03
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Donna George

I'm Donna. An amateur cook and like many others, discovered my love for cooking after marriage. My biggest well wisher and motivator is my husband Reju. He has a great eye for good flavour and helps me each day to become a better cook. I experiment with cuisine from around the world with Indian cuisine at its heart. Being a Keralite, the majority of my recipes are from Kerala (South Indian). I strongly believe in "Cooking made easy". These recipes are mostly from my family and friends and some from cookery books and T.V. shows. 
Do visit my blog culinaryexperimentsofanamateur.blogspot.com for more experiments from my kitchen

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