Pulao Or Biryani Masala/Microwave Cooking

Pulao Or biryani masala. An aromatic spice blend for biryani or pulao. Not only biryani or pulao but you can also use this fragrant spice powder in Kabab or in curries to give a royal touch and make the dish aromatic. A perfect shahi or royal spice mixture to make any dish special. Sharing both the microwave and stove top recipes.

You may like three more different flavoured homemade spice powder on this blog.

1. Bengali garam masala

2. Panch phoran bhaja or dry roasted Bengali five spice powder

3. Roasted mixed spice powder or bhaja moshla

Ingredients used to make this aromatic spice mixture.

Green cardamom or chhoti ilaichi – Green cardamom used for it’s aroma. Green cardamom often used to make curries, pulao, biryani, khichdi or many sweet dishes to make the dish aromatic.

Black cardamom or badi elaichi – Black cardamom used to make savoury dishes like pulao, biryani, non veg dishes, curries and in garam masala. It will also give a lovely flavour.

Cinnamon or darchini – Cinnamon has numerous health benefits and also a very aromatic spice. Its often used in tea with cardamom, in garam masala and even we use it in cakes and cookies for it’s aroma and health benefits.

Cloves or laung – Nutritious cloves are used for flavour and it also provide many health benefits.

Mace or javitri – Mace is also used for flavour. It has delicate aroma and some medicinal properties with many health benefits.

Kababchini or cubeb – Kababchini looks like tailed pepper. This ancient spice is used not just in Indian cuisine but also in Asian and Spanish dishes. It is mostly used for flavouring curries owing to its fragrance.Kabab chini is popularly known as Allspice in English because it smells like a combination of spices including cloves, black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg.   Source

Nutmeg or jaiphal – Nutmeg is used for it’s flavour in many sweet, savoury and baked dishes. It has a warm, slightly nutty flavor and is often used in desserts and curries, as well as drinks like mulled wine and chai tea. Although it’s more commonly used for its flavor than its health benefits, nutmeg contains an impressive array of powerful compounds that may help prevent disease and promote your overall health. Source

Star anise or chakr phool – In traditional Chinese and folk medicine practices, star anise is steeped in water to make a tea used to treat respiratory infections, nausea, constipation and other digestive issues. Star anise also makes a great addition to sweet dishes and desserts, such as baked fruit, pies, quick bread and muffins. Its powerful bioactive compounds may help treat several fungal, bacterial and viral infections. Source

Bay leaf or tej patta – Bay leaf is very common herb used in cooking. Usually its used for tempering and also in Herbal tea. Bay leaf is often used in recipes to provide a savory boost of flavor in soups and stews. It has also been used throughout history for its potential health benefits. Source

Caraway seeds or shah/shahi jeera – Caraway is a unique spice long used in cooking and herbal medicine. Its slightly bitter, earthy flavor is reminiscent of licorice, coriander, anise, and fennel. It can be used whole or ground in both sweet and savory dishes, such as breads, pastries, curries, and stews.  Caraway is a multifaceted spice with numerous culinary and medicinal applications. Although widely considered a seed, it comes from the fruit of the caraway plant and boasts several minerals and plant compounds. In fact, it may aid weight loss, relieve inflammation, and promote digestive health. Source

You can make this spice powder and store in airtight container for later use. Keep the container in cool dry space. You have to dry roast the spices. Dry roast till the spices becomes fragrant. Don’t make the spices brown. Dry roasting will make your spices crisp for easy grinding. I have microwave the spices for two minutes. You can also roast the spices on stove top. Roast the spices in a pan on medium heat till spices becomes fragrant. You will get a nice aroma. Transfer the spices immediately on a plate. Let it cool down before grinding.

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Recipe video for this aromatic spice mixture

Recipe

Green cardamom or chhoti ilaichi – 7

Black cardamom or badi elaichi – 2

Cinnamon or darchini – 1 stick

Cloves or laung – 6

Mace or javitri – 1

Kababchini or cubeb – 1/2 teaspoon

Nutmeg or jaiphal – 1 small

Star anise or chakr phool – 1

Bay leaf or tej patta – 2

Caraway seeds or shah jeera – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Place all the spices in a microwavable glass bowl. Break the cinnamon and bay leaves in 2-3 pieces.

2. Microwave on high power for two minutes. After one minute open the microwave door and stir the spices once.

3. Close the door again let it cook for one minute again. After two minutes remove the bowl from microwave and let it cool down. Spices will become fragrant and crisp.

For stove top

4. Heat a pan and add all the whole spices. Dry roast on medium heat. Keep stirring. Dry roast till spices becomes fragrant. You will get a nice aroma. Don’t make the spices brown. We need to make the spices crisp only. Transfer the spices on a plate immediately.

5. Grind the spices into fine powder when cool.

6. Store the ground spices in an airtight container. You can store this spice powder in refrigerator for longer time. Use it in biryani, pulao, curries or other dishes.

Blogger group

This post is going to be featured on Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this group every month one of the members decide the theme. And members paired to give two secret ingredients each other. Best part is we paired every month with different bloggers so that we can interact each other. And after preparing the dish members share a picture of the dish and other members have to guess the ingredients.

This month theme Homemade Spice Mixture is suggested by Jayashree Trao who blog at Evergreendishes. Jayashree recently shared lipsmackingly delicious Aam ki launji. Its mango season so bookmarked the recipe to try.

This month my partner is one of my very good friend Preethi Prasad. We know each other from the initial days of blogging. I have to try her Mix veg crispy party snacks. Preethi gave me star anise and cardamom as secret ingredients and I made this fragrant spice blend with these ingredients. I gave turmeric and fenugreek to Preethi. Preethi made this flavorful spice mixture with these ingredients.

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Saffron Rice With Pickled Jalapeno And Ginger Julienne

Saffron rice with pickled jalapeno and ginger julienne. A no onion garlic aromatic rice with fried paneer or cottage cheese cubes, saffron or kesar and all the aromatic whole spices. Easy to make and absolutely delicious one pot rice dish. You can enjoy it without any side dish. Add lots of dry fruits of your choice and enjoy.

I used pickled jalapeno because I love the taste but if you want you can use chopped green chilli instead. Or you can use little more pickled jalapeno pieces if you like. It will be a great party dish with spicy curries. You may like some more one pot rice recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Mexican green rice

2. Tricolor rice

3. Carrot rice

4. Mexican rice

5. Beetroot rice

6. Mint rice

7. Spanish moulded rice

8. Aloo chutney pulao

9. Korean rice or Korean egg fried rice

10. Corn peas barista fried rice

11. Easy pulao or one pot rice

Sending this post to 266 #Foodiemonday bloghop. This week’s theme is Exotic Saffron suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayris Jikoni. Mayuri is a very talented blogger. She always amazed us with her different continental, traditional and baked dishes. You will definitely love her different types of bread recipes. I have to try her Onion olive bread, Semolina sesame seed bread and many more. Also check out her different mouthwatering cake recipes.

Long grain basmati rice is best for this recipe. But you can also use any aromatic rice like Gobindobhog rice, Indrayani rice etc. Long grain rice looks good. As I mentioned above if you don’t have pickled jalapeno, use chopped green chilli instead. You can use cauliflower, beans, carrot or any vegetable in this rice. Chop and fry the vegetables before adding to the rice. If you don’t like to use ginger julienne then you can use minced or grated ginger. Serve this delicious and flavorful rice with any spicy curry. I have served it with dim kosha or spicy egg curry. I will share the recipe soon.

Recipe

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Saffron – 1/2 teaspoon

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Pickled Jalapeno – 8 – 10 pieces

Ginger – 1 inch piece, julienned

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, cubed

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Mace or javitri – 2 strands

Star anise – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon or to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 + 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Rinse the rice well. Soak in sufficient water for 15 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Mix saffron with 1/4 cup hot water.

3. Cut the paneer or cottage cheese into small cubes. Marinate with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder.

4. Peel and chop the ginger into thin slices to make julienne.

5. Chop the pickled jalapeno into small pieces.

6. Crush green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar pestle.

7. Heat oil in a wok. Fry the cashew nuts. When cashews becomes light brown remove from oil.

8. Now fry the marinated paneer or cottage cheese cubes till brown. Remove the paneer cubes from oil.

9. Add ghee or clarified butter. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, star anise, mace or javitri, crushed green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

10. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add ginger julienne and fry for a minute. If you are using green chilli add it with ginger julienne.

11. Add turmeric powder, pickled jalapenos and green peas. Stir well.

12. Add drained rice, salt, sugar, fried paneer or cottage cheese cubes Stir and saute for 1 – 2 minutes or till the rice coated well with ghee.

13. Add saffron mixed water, fried cashew nuts, raisins and remaining water. Mix well. When water starts to rolling boil, cover and cook on high flame for 15 minutes.

14. Reduce the heat. Stir the rice. Cover and cook again on low heat for 10 minutes or till the rice becomes soft and water absorbed completely. Keep checking in between. If you want more soft rice then you can add 1/4 cup water more and cook for a few minutes more. Fluff the rice gently.

15. Garnish with fried paneer cubes, ginger julienne, saffron, jalapeno and fried cashew nuts. Serve hot with raita or any spicy curry. You can get some curry recipes here.

Notes

1. You can use more dry fruits if you want.

2. If you don’t have pickled jalapeno use 2-3 chopped green chilli.

3. Small pieces of cauliflower, beans or any vegetable can be used with rice. Fry the vegetable pieces before adding in the rice.

4. If you don’t have star anise omit it.

5. You can use minced or grated ginger instead of ginger julienne.

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Corn Peas Barista Fried Rice Or Pulao

Corn peas barista fried rice or pulao. If you have rice and barista or fried onions ready then you can make it in a jiffy. A perfect rice dish for your party. Just prepare the rice and barista earlier. You can keep both in refrigerator. Fry and combine everything before serving. Easy isn’t it?

You may like some more rice recipes on this blog.

1. Korean rice or egg fried rice

2. Aloo chutney pulao

3. Spanish moulded rice

4. Mint rice or pulao

5. Beetroot rice

6. Mexican rice

7. Carrot rice

8. Tricolour rice

9. Mexican green rice

This week 240 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Cooking With Rice suggested by Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner. Narmadha has a wonderful blog with many mouthwatering recipes. I recently bookmarked her Chicken fry and Gluten free brownie recipe to try. Do visit her space for different types of delicious recipes.

Usually we store some frozen peas and corn in freezer. And I also keep some fried onions and barista in refrigerator. So if you don’t have much vegetables in your pantry then these stored ingredients comes handy. Make delicious rice with whole spices, barista, frozen sweet corn and green peas and enjoy. Serve it with any non veg curry or any spicy curry or simple raita. I have served it with Dum aloo.

Recipe

Sweet corn – 1 cup, boiled

Frozen peas – 1/2 cup

Onion – 3, thinly sliced

Basmati rice – 1 & 1/2 cup

Bay leaf – 2

Green cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Star anise – 1, optional

Mace or javitri – 2 strand

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoons

Water – 2 cup

Salt to taste

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoons + to fry the onions

Method

1. Wash the rice well. Soak in water for 15 minutes.

2. Drain and add salt, bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter and 2 cup water. Pressure cook for 1 whistle or microwave for 10 – 12 minute. Fluff the rice gently and discard the bay leaf. Rice shouldn’t be over cooked.

3. Fry the sliced onions till brown to make barista and keep aside.

4. In a pan heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon ghee. You can skip oil and use 2 tablespoon ghee if you like. Add cumin seeds.

5. When seeds starts to splutter add frozen peas and boiled sweet corn. Add little salt and fry for 2 minutes.

6. Add the rice and fried onion slices. Reserve little barista to garnish. Mix well. Taste and adjust salt if require. Mix gently, rice shouldn’t be break.

7. When everything combines well remove from heat. Garnish with barista or fried onion slices. Serve hot with any mutton or chicken curry or any spicy gravy. Or you can enjoy this aromatic rice with raita only.

Notes

1.You can use green chilli if you want. Add chopped green chilli after adding cumin seeds.

2. Be careful while making rice. Rice shouldn’t be mushy.

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Kadala Curry Or Black Chickpea Curry

Kadala curry or black chickpea curry from Kerala cuisine.
A very flavourful and spicy curry. Freshly ground Kerala garam masala and coconut made the curry lip-smacking.
Beautiful state Kerala known as ‘God’s own Country’ or land of spices.
According to Wikipedia The cuisine of Kerala, a state in the south of India, is linked to its history, geography, demography and culture. Kerala cuisine offers a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry and red meat with rice a typical accompaniment. Chillies, curry leaves, coconut, mustard seeds, turmeric, tamarind, and asafoetida are all frequently used.

Kerala is known as the “Land of Spices” because it traded spices with Europe as well as with many ancient civilizations with the oldest historical records of the Sumerians from 3000 BCE.

I have shared two more black chickpea recipes here.

Black chickpea kabab

Paneer kala chana kofta curry

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Kerala cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is Sujitha Ruban who blog at

http://sujithaeasycooking.com.
Sujitha Ruban gave me two flavourful ingredients Mace and fennel seeds and I gave her banana and ginger powder. Check out her blog for the recipe she shared with these ingredients.

I made this kadala curry or black chickpea curry from Kerala cuisine with those aromatic ingredients.
Black chickpeas, also known as Bengal grams, Garbanzo beans or ‘kala chana’ belong to the ‘desi’ variety and have a much higher fiber content and lower glycemic index. Being an extremely versatile legume, it is widely used in a variety of Middle Eastern and Indian dishes like falafels, hummus and curries as well as salads, soups and stews or even as a quick snack. In addition to their delicious nut like taste and buttery texture, black chickpeas are extremely beneficial for health.

Being low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals, black chickpeas can indeed be a healthy addition to your diet. Two to three tablespoons of these legumes are equivalent to one portion of the daily recommended five portions of fruits and vegetables. The health benefits of black chickpeas are as follows.

Aids in Weight Loss: …
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Lowers Cholesterol: …
Stabilizes Blood Sugar and Low Glycemic Index (GI): …
Prevention of Diabetes: …
Great Source of Iron: …
Good Source of Protein for Vegetarians: …
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Now coming to the recipe. You will love this flavourful curry. And all the flavour comes from aromatic Kerala garam masala. If you have Kerala garam masala ready in your pantry then you can use 1 teaspoon of it. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder to bring some colour in the curry.

Recipe

Kala chana or black chickpeas – 1 cup

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Onion – 2, chopped

Green chilli – 1-2 finely chopped

Curry leaves – 12 – 13

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2 small

Coconut – 1/2 cup heaped, grated or finely chopped

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Coconut oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Water – 1 cup

Fennel seeds or sounf – 1/2 teaspoon

Mace – 2 blades

Cloves – 2 – 3

Green cardamom – 2

Star anise – a small piece

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Nutmeg – a pinch

Method

1. Wash and soak the kala chana or black chickpeas in sufficient water overnight.

2. Boil the soaked chickpeas with 2 & 1/2 cup water in pressure cooker for 7 – 8 whistle or till chickpeas becomes soft.

3. Lightly dry roast fennel seeds or sounf, mace, cloves, green cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and grated nutmeg. Roast lightly till fragrant. Don’t overdo.

4. Let the spices cool down. And grind into fine powder.

5. Grind the coconut. Add water as require to make a smooth paste.

6. Grind tomato and ginger. You can use chopped tomato and grated ginger. But I like smooth paste so ground altogether.

7. Heat oil in a pan.
Add mustard seeds or rai and let them splutter.

8. Now add curry leaves, chopped onion and green chilli.

9. Fry till onions becomes light brown.
Add tomato and ginger paste or grated ginger and chopped tomato.
Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

10. Add coconut paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli, black pepper powder and dry roasted and ground fennel seeds, mace, cloves, green cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg.

11. Saute till everything dried up.
Add boiled black chickpea or kala chana and salt. Mix well. Saute for a minute.

12. Add 1 cup water. Or you can add 1/2 cup more water if you want more gravy.

13. Let it boil. Now cook on simmer for 12 – 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

14. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat.

15. Take out 3 – 4 tablespoon chickpeas and mash well with a spoon and add in the gravy if you want your gravy thick.

16. Garnish with grated coconut and serve hot.

Note

If you want you can also add garlic to the curry. Grind garlic cloves with tomato and ginger.

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