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Coconut Milk Pulav

13 Jan

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Kobbari Palatho Pulao.

For coconut milk, coconut is ground into smooth paste with water. It is then squeezed to extract all the milk. This milk is used to cook the rice. Oil is tempered with whole garam masala. Then mixed vegetables are briefly fried along with rice. Finally coconut milk is added to the rice and cooked on medium heat till done.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Coconut Milk Pilaf.

Ingredients:

Rice 1 1/2 cups
Cauliflower 1/4 medium size
French Beans 5
Bell Pepper 1/2
Fresh Peas 1/4 Cup
Onion 1
Carrot 1 medium size
Green Chillies 3
Garlic 2 Cloves
Ginger 1 inch piece
Cilantro a small Sprig
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Caraway Seeds 1/4 tsp
Green Cardamom 2
Cloves 4
Cinnamon 1 inch stick
Bay Leaf 1
Coconut Milk 1 1/2 Cups
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tbsps

Method of preparation:

Wash rice thoroughly under running water.
Soak the rice in water for half an hour (if using basmati) and strain the rice.
Wash and seperate cauliflower into small florets.
String, wash and chop french beans into 1 inch pieces.
Peel, wash and slice the onions.
Peel, wash and chop the carrot.
Remove stems, wash and slit green chillies into two.
Wash, remove stem, remove seeds and finely chop the bell pepper.
Peel, wash and mince ginger and garlic.
Clean in fresh water and roughly chop cilantro.

Heat oil in a deep heavy bottomed pan, add cumin seeds, caraway seeds, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf.
When seeds start to change color, add sliced onion, minced ginger, garlic and green chillies.
Then stir in chopped carrot, cauliflower, beans, peas and bell pepper.
Fry the vegetables for a minute, add the soaked rice and fry again for another minute.
Pour coconut milk and 1 cup of water and season with salt.
Cook covered till all the water has been absorbed by the rice.
Garnish with cilantro and serve coconut milk pulav with raita of your choice.
Notes: Make sure all rice is cooked right.

Suggestions: If the rice is not cooked properly, add few splashes of water to it and cook covered on low flame till done. For coconut milk, grated coconut is ground into fine paste adding enough water. The ground coconut paste is then transferred to muslin cloth. Squeeze the cloth to extract the coconut milk.
Variations: You can add your choice of vegetables to the pilaf.
Other Names:Coconut Milk Pulav, Kobbari Palatho Pulao, Coconut Milk Pilaf.