Saturday, 6 October 2007

Kesari Pulao with Paneer and Peas - Over Garnished


Don't you think this dish is a lil bit over decorated for the event...we both did..whatever I cook, I am thinking of an event and trying to get the best pic of the dish, hence this decorations...I think my decorations over powered the saffron in the dish..:(




Saffron/Kesari - All I knew abt this ingredient was only from movies...whenever a girl (here a Heroine) gets pregnant, her parents send this to her and the hubbie(here the Hero) dear dumps all the box of Kesari into the milk in one single day (that saffron box was supposed to last for more and makes the Heroine drink the milk..end of the story..


So when Sunita announced this month's spice event with saffron, I thought I shld do a lil research on this ingredient (because I did not know that this saffron can be used in so many recipes other than milk and puddings)...More about this ingredient is in Sunita's post...

I was craving for some paneer based dish for the past few days...So I finally decided to make Saffron Pulao with Paneer and Peas (I used peas just to make the dish colorful, not being health-concious :p)...Recipe is here. I replaced coconut with paneer pieces and avoided Sugar...S doesn't like sweet flavour in rice items..So I added some onions, green chillies and ginger garlic paste...to be concise I modified the whole recipe..:D according to our tastes....

Here goes the recipe,

Ingredients:

Rice - 2 cups (Raw)
Paneer - 100gm (home made or store bought) - Cut into 1 inch pieces.
Peas - 1 table spoon (boiled)
Onion - 1 sliced
Green Chillies - 3 chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Ghee - 3 tbsp
Almonds - 6 sliced
Raisins - 10
Salt - 2 tsp
Milk - 1 cup
Saffron - 1 tsp

Method:

1. Wash the rice, add 4 cups of water, salt and a tsp of ghee. Cook till 3/4th done. Remove and set aside.
2. Warm up the milk and soak the saffron strands for about 5min. Mix well.
3. Mix half of this milk with the cooked rice.
4. Heat Ghee in a pan, fry the paneer pieces and remove.
5. Soak these paneer pieces in the remaining saffron milk so that they become soft.
6. In the same pan with the Ghee, roast the almonds and raisins. Remove and keep aside.
7. Again in the same pan add the onions, green chillies and Ginger garlic paste. Saute for about 5min till the onions turn transperent.
8. Add the boiled peas, cooked rice and cover.
9. Cook for 10min on low flame till the rice is completely done.
10. Finally add the paneer pieces with the soaked saffron milk and garnish with almonds and raisins.

So this is my entry to Think Spice-Think Saffron Event of this month, hosted by Sunita.


16 comments:

remya said...

Lovely colorful pulao.....

sunita said...

That's a lovely recipe indeed and saffron is indeed showing it's colours...thanks for sending it over.

Laavanya said...

That pulao looks really good...

Lissie said...

the saffron has given lovely color to the pulao! thanks for visiting my blog!!

easycrafts said...

Hey even i have heard of kesar only in movies like you...i suppose its time for me too to explore something more than that...nice recipe

bindiya said...

The pulao looks very good and not overgarnished at all, the more the merrier!

Pamela said...

ooh ... the ingredients in your Pulao rice sounds delicious. It looks really good too.

The Cooking Ninja

Seena said...

Looks good, with nice color..haven't tasted this yet..

Padma said...

Kesari pulao looks so colorful and tasty.. photos chala bagundi, keerthi!

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Kesari pulao with paneer in it...Love the combo :-)
Pic looks awesome baby...

Happy cook said...

Love the pulao. And it is not ever decorated at all.

Bharathy said...

A pulao with paneer and peas must taste Awesome!!!Wonderful blend..
Loves the name Clickoo!!!Clourful and cute..:)
The pongal snaps were too good...esp with the colourkolam..:)...you have a cute blog here...
Thanks for dropping by..

Puspha said...

Very beautiful.

Timepass said...

Very yummy and tempting

Cinnamon said...

Hey Keerths, Pulav adurs.. and with so many badam.. it must be yummy :)

Mansi Desai said...

hmmm...smells good:) and i don't mind the extra nuts on the top!:D