Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Capsicum Pilaf

          Today's post is yet another rice dish, Capsicum Pilaf. I had noted down this recipe, long time back from a newspaper. It's different from the other pilafs, especially the flavor, might be from the ground paste, or from the capsicum and cabbage added to this pilaf. Just serve it with some raitha, I would recommend boondi raitha for this, perfect combination..

Need To Have

  • Basmati Rice - 1/2 cup
  • Capsicum - diced, 1 cup 
  • Cabbage - shredded, 1 cup
  • Potato - diced, 1/2 cup
  • Green Peas - 1/4 cup
  • Onion - 1 small, chopped
  • Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
  • Cashews - 1 tablespoon
  • Clove - 1
  • Cinnamon - 1" piece
  • Cardamom - 1

To Grind

  • Coriander Seeds - 2 teaspoons
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves - 1/4 cup
  • Chopped Ginger - 1 teaspoon
  • Green Chilli - 1


          Roast the cashews in a little oil or ghee. Grind together all the ingredients given under ' to grind '. Wash and soak the basmati rice for 1/2 an hour.

          Heat some oil, add the clove, cinnamon and cardamom, when it sizzles, add the chopped onion and garlic and saute till the onion turns pink.

          Now add the capsicum, cabbage, potato, peas and the ground paste, mix for a minute. Drain the rice, add to the vegetables and mix for one more minute. Add 11/2 cup water and salt, cover, when it starts boiling, reduce and cook till the rice is done. Switch off and don't disturb the rice for 1/2 an hour, garnish with the roasted cashews and serve it warm.

Chop the vegetables into big chunks, especially the cabbage and capsicum, since it's being cooked along with the rice.
Can do the cooking with only oil, or a mixture of oil and ghee.
Once the rice is almost cooked, switch off and leave the rice covered, without disturbing for 1/2 an hour, this way the rice will not become mushy.
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  1. i quite like this.. i am sure the flavor of capsicum makes this dish interesting.. a good variation from the good old pilaf

  2. I like the flavour of capsicum. Pilaf looks good.

  3. I won't get tired of rice recipes...keep them coming..your pilaf looks very tasty.

  4. Pilaf looks yummy . this method is new to me.. thxs for sharing..

  5. Rice dishes are very often on my table, especially in Summer time. Your pilaf sounds delicious!

  6. Looks like an interesting recipe Hema. How are you long time since I looked at blogs.

  7. Delicious and flavorful pilaf Hema.. I'm drooling here :-)

  8. Love this kind of simple and flavourful pilaf, delicious!

  9. full of flavors.. can finish the whole bowl..

  10. Delicious and flavourful pilaf, love the presentation.

  11. Delicious one pot meal...awesome...

  12. Interesting and delicious twist to the pilaf...must have tasted great!

  13. nice and aromatic pilaf, looks inviting...

  14. Ummm Yummyyyy :) By the way header looks so tempting and yumyyy tooo!!