Varieties of preparing pulav ::
Often people get confused on which one to follow… But as per my research, there are only 2 versions of making pulav… and all the varieties more or less comes under the below versions only except the addition of vegetable variations.
- 1st variety where the masala is ground to a paste
- 2nd variety where the masala (Like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves etc) is seasoned along with other seasonings similar to fried rice..
In our home, we follow the 1st variety always as everyone likes that and we can ensure that cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and masala items aren’t thrown away…
Sona Masuri Rice/Basmati Rice -1 cup ( Soak in water for 30 minutes) so that it cooks fast and rice remains grainy( Uduru )
Tomatoes – 2 big or 3 small chopped finely
Onions -1 big or 2 small chopped finely
Any of the mentioned vegetables or a combination could be used Beans, carrot, Potatoes , Green peas, Cluster bean, Navilu kosu or knol knol, Seemebadanekaayi or choyote squash etc.. or any type of pulses like hesaru KaaLu, kadale KaaLu, Rajma, Kabul KadaLe kaaLu etc…
To Grind items:::::
Yelakki or Cardamom -2
Chakke or Cinnamon – 2 small pieces
Lavanga or Cloves – 2
Marathi moggu (Star anise) – 1 small piece
Sompu or Saunf – 1 tspns
Shunti or Ginger – 1 small piece
Coconut grated powder – 1/2 cup
Green chillies – 7-8 based on spicy variety or lesser
Coriander leaves -1/4 cup
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Method :: Take oil in a pan, add Jeera or cumin seeds, when it starts spluttering, add onions, fry well until brown color, add tomatoes and fry well until it turns sullen/mushy…
 Now take a rice cooker or normal pressure cooker, add the soaked rice, seasoning made in step 1 that is tomato, onion fry, add this, now add the ground paste (Under To Grind items section above), mix all well add crystal or table salt 2 tspns, and add water in 1:2 ratio that of rice that is 2 cups water or maximum 2.5 cups of water( for vegetables to get boiled along) and await till it is done ( it will take around 30-40 mins in rice cooker) and 2 to 3 whistles in pressure cooker..
 Serve with Raitha..