Quick tomato pulao is a very quick, one-pot dish using only a layering technique, ready in under 20 minutes!!
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Â½ cup basmati rice or any other rice
1 cup hot water
1 small onion, sliced or chopped
2 green chillies/jalapeno, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste (or grated)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 small piece cinnamon
Â¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
Â½ teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon Pav Bhaji masala powder/garam masala powed/biryani masala powder/sambhar powder
Â½ cup mung bean sprouts
Â¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons oil/ghee/clarified butter or combination of both
Wash the rice in plenty of water, drain and keep aside. Chop all the vegetables and keep the ingredients ready.
Mix the tomatoes, Pav bhaji masala powder (or any other powder you prefer as mentioned), chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander leaves. Keep it aside.
Heat a pressure pan over low heat and add the oil/ghee and spread this on the bottom of the pan. Start layering the ingredients.
Sprinkle the cloves and cinnamon. Spread the onions over this. Spoon the tomato mixture over the onions evenly.
Add the sprouts next. Lastly, layer the washed and drained rice, sprinkle salt to taste and pour hot water evenly over the whole mixture.
At this stage, you may choose to stir the whole mixture gently once or leave it as such. Close the pressure pan and increase the heat to high.
Once the pressure builds up and after one whistle, reduce the heat and cook on low for about 5 minutes. Alternatively, on high, let it cook for 2 whistles for al dente rice or 2 whistles for a softer rice texture.
Let the pressure release on its own, remove the lid of the pressure pan and gently fluff up the rice with a fork.
Serve this fast and easy tomato pulao with any raita (boondi raita, tomato and onion raita, or just plain yogurt) and some potato chips for a tasty quick meal.
- For a royal touch to the pulao, use ghee and garnish with cashew/almonds and raisins, roasted in ghee.
- If you do not have sprouts, use any vegetable you prefer.
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