Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Veg Pulav & Meme

This is the first time I ever got tagged, I am excited as well as nervous...I was tagged by Sandeepa of Bong Mom's CookBook with a MeMe of "5 Things most people don't know about me". Thank You Sandeepa. Well 5 things most of you don't know about me are :

I had never cooked until I got married. I couldn't even prepare a cuppa tea (It was not that I was not interested in cooking). All our relatives and friends use to complain my mom about not teaching her children to cook....and mom use to smile and say, the kids will learn whenever the time comes. She was so true and here i am with my food blog!

I was born in Kerala, raised in Gujarat, and my in-laws are from Mumbai. So that's why you can see the mix of recepies from all the three states.

I am scared of horror movies.....Its been a long long time since I have watched a horror movie. I think the first and the last time I ever watched a horror movie was when I was in 3rd grade and that too an English one, couldn't sleep for couple of months and kept everyone else awake too :).

I am usually in control however when it comes to my daughter, I don't know what happens to me, I just trip...that's how I called 911 couple of times without any reasons and had to apologize both times.

Sri is not my name. Actually it's my daughter's nickname.

I would love to tag Sumitha, Mandira, Mishmash and Shaheen.

I am sure everyone of you know how to make a veg pulav...However I thought that I will contribute my version too!! :). So here's the recipe for the pulav....


2 cups Basmati rice
2 tbsp Oil/ghee (you could do 50-50)
Whole garam masala (1 bay leaf, 1 inch cinnamon, 3 cloves, 1tsp fennel seed)
1 small Onion (or half of medium size Onion)
1/2 cup Green beans (you can add more if you wish)
1/2 cup Carrot
1/2 cup Green peas
1 tsp black pepper or Red chili flakes
1 inch Ginger
4 Garlic cloves (mine were big ones)
6-7 Green chili
1 tsp Lemon juice
4 cups Water


  • Soak the basmati rice for half an hour or so
  • Wash and french cut the green beans or you could also use frozen french cut beans, chop the carrots and chop the onion
  • Make a paste out of ginger, garlic, grenn chili,lemon juice and salt
  • Heat oil or ghee in a pan, add the whole garam masala
  • After few seconds add the chopped onion, french cut green beans, green peas, carrot, red chili flakes and salt
  • Sauté for till the onion are golden color then add the ginger-galic paste, add the garam masala powder and saute for a minute or two
  • Drain the rice and add it to the pan, mix it gently
  • Add 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover and cook till the rice is done...and there you have it friends veg pulav!!!


You can substitute water with vegetable stock or even chicken stock for that extra flavor.

Instead of adding the whole garam masala you could go ahead and add garam masala powder....if using powder add it while adding the ginger galic paste.


Linda said...

how beautiful. yum-my. i've got a hankering for rice!

the lighting in this photo is superb!

Mishmash ! said...

Enjoyed reading ur Meme..See some personal connections in ur first two MEME's. Pulav looks good :)


Mishmash ! said...
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Mishmash ! said...

hmm...i guessed so coz i read it carefully ;)

Anonymous said...

HI Sri
Perfect looking pulav, Enjoyed reading ur MEME.

Seema Bhat said...

So this is not your name and is your daughters nick. Cool. And yeah about being scared of horror movies I am with you here. And pulav looks delicious. Loved the pix.

Sia said...

oh do u hide behind the pillow and blanket while watching horror movies like me? ;) it was fun reading ur meme:)

TNL said...

It was nice to read your meme...and you pulao looks great!
Do share your real name sometime!only if you want though. :)

Sri said...


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the meme...and the looks so comforting...great during these winter months...thanks for sharing

Lakshmik said...

Hi Sri

Simple yet delicious recipe for pulao. Nice meme too. Yes, I am scared of horror movies too.

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hi Sri.This looks great.It was nice to read a meme too.Would you mind saying what is your name them.Well i will like to call you sri itself.Hmm.

Bong Mom said...

The photo looks great, very alluring
You called 911 :), next thing you know your daughter is going to re-dial
I am scared of horror movies too, rarely watch them

J said...

Pulav looks good and nice meme!!

Anonymous said...

I am the same for horror movies!!! hahaha
Loved reading your meme :) And the pulav looks diving. :) Nice mix of colours. :)

Asha said...

Hi Sri(?!) :D
I made Pulao too today,will post later!:))Looks fabulous.
Great reading the MeMe,three states!!Great to know that.911 calls are little scary but I can understand the panic for a first tome mom!I have a doctor at home(Arvind) ,so help is a phone call away.I love Horror films!!;D SAW 1-2-3!!

Sri said...

Yes Dilipji it is comforting and great during these winter months.

Thanks Lakshmik.

Hi Soumyaji yeah sure. Thanks.

Oh my Sandeepa that would be even more scarier than the horror movies!!!

Thanks Jyothsna

Mrs. K said...

Oh I almost forgot about that meme! I got tagged with it too. Veg pulav looks great.

Shah cooks said...

i make veg pulav almost similarly but don't add ginger garlic. Can i pass on this meme? i really don't feel like writing abt myself more.
sorry sri to disappoint you. will do whatever meme u sign me up for next time.

Sri said...

Thanks RP. Will be reading your meme too!!!

Sure Shaheen you can pass on this...don't be sorry for that :)

Gattina Cheung said...

I love your pulav!!! you can give me two big plates and I'll finish them in no time! Your mom is right, when the time comes, you just have to do it. And sure you do a fantastic job Sri!

Krithika said...

nice meme. pulav looks mouth-watering

Anonymous said...

Hey sri
I made pulav last week, grinding ginger, garlic and green chilles toghter really makes lots of difference!!! thanks for wonderful tip.

Anonymous said...

Today is sunday . Iam in canada. Well without any knowledge to prepare special dishes and i was asked by my husband to prepare veg pulo. Can u imagine how can a girl who was just a tomboy b4 marriage can prepare it. i never entered kitchen b4 my marriage and it was only after my marriage iam attempting to do....

Well iam a south indian and iam sohappy to say that aapka dish la javab is so easy in making it...Thanks...a ton...


Sri said...

Yes Gattina that's true.

Thank you, Krithika

I am glad you loved it Padmaja.

Thanks Priya....Our story is similar...and am glad you liked it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sri
This is the first time i am having a look about your blog.You have got a nice blog.
Veg pulao looks mouthwatering......
I want to try this.I think you forgot to mention garam masala powder in ingredients.So how much i shouls add garam masala powder?Let me know details.

Unknown said...

looks really good & simple receipe

Unknown said...

simple & interesting receipe

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