This is one easy one-pot dish which you can rely on specially if you are running out of time.
We generally have this pulao on some lazy day when I am not in a mood of preparing a full-fledged meal and this does not require much preparation or time and it is filling too :-)
1 cup basmati rice
onion (1 medium)
spices - cardamoms,bay leaf,cinnamon,pepper corns,cloves
green chillies (4-5)
Chop all the veggies to small pieces.
Chop the onion and green chillies finely.
Heat oil in a non-stick pan/kadhai.
Add the whole spices - 1 bay leaf,3-4 cardamoms,2-3 cloves,1/2 tspn pepper corns,1 medium stick cinnamon.
After a minute add onion,ginger-garlic paste and green chillies.
Saute for 2-3 min.
Now add all the chopped veggies.You can add the veggies as per your choice.I had cauliflower and beans lying in my pantry which I wanted to finish off.Hence I added only those.But the more the veggies the tastier it is :-)
Add salt and close the lid and let the veggies cook for a while(2-3 min).
Now add the rice to this and add 2.5 cups of water.Actually we need 2 cups of water as I used 1 cup of rice,but since there are vegetables I added another 1/2 cup.
Add salt.Turmeric powder can be added but it is optional.
You may check it intermediately and once it is done a nice aroma will fill your kitchen.
Vegetable pulao is ready to serve with or without raita :-)Garnish the
pulao with roasted cashew nuts and raisins.