Monday, May 16, 2011

Jeera Pulao & Punjabi Aloo Amritsari

Jeera rice & amritsari

Blogging has given me the boon of getting introduced to a lot of like minded friends from different parts of the world :)

One such sweetest buddy blogger is Sharmilee of Sharmis passion :) We got to know each other a year back and since then the friendship has grown to an extent that we even talk on phone for hours :) I was even more happy when I met her a couple of months back. Blogging has brought me a friend for life time :) awww sorry sorry too many friends for life time infact :)

Sharmilee is a very talented cook who manages to have minimum of 30 posts on draft on any day :P Now food bloggers would know how passionate she is towards cooking and blogging!! She is awesome at photography as well and we keep sharing our ideas all the time :)

This recipe that she posted a week back tempted me too much that I instantly cooked it up and all of us at home loved the combi a lot. All credits and thanks to her for the recipe :)

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Ingredients for Jeera Pulao:

Basmathi rice - 1 cup
Jeera(Cumin seeds) - 2 tsp

Cloves - 2

Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece

Bay leaf - 1

Curry leaves - few
Green chillies - 2

Onion - 1 large

Ghee - 1 tblsp

Oil - 1 tblsp

Salt - for taste

Water - 2 1/2 cups

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Method for Jeera pulao:

Wash and soak rice for 15 mins. Chop onions finely.

Take a pressure pan and add oil and ghee. Drop in the cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and cumin seeds. Saute for just one minute. Now add the curry leaves and split chillies and fry for a minute again. Add chopped onion and saute until it turns golden brown in color.

Drain the rice and add it to the pan. Mix it well with the other ingredients. Now add water and salt to it. Mix well and taste a tsp of this water to check on salt levels. Close the pan and pressure cook for just two whistles on medium flame.

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Jeera pulao is ready.

Serve it hot with Punjabi Aloo Amritsari or any gravy of your choice :)

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Ingredients for Punjabi Aloo Amritsari:

Potato - 5
Curd - 1/2 cup
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 1/2 tsp

Salt - to taste

To make paste:

Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Besan - 2 tbsp
Ajwain seeds(omam) -1/2 tsp

Salt - to taste

To grind:
Onion - 1
Green chillies - 1
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Cashews - 5

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Method for Punjabi Aloo Amritsari:

Cook potatoes and dice them into small cubes.

Make a paste of besan, salt, ginger garlic paste and ajwain by adding just a little water. Coat this mixture on the potatoes and allow it to marinade for half an hour.

Now take some oil in a pan and shallow fry the marinated potatoes until crisp and golden brown. Keep this aside.

Grind roughly chopped onion, green chilly, ginger garlic paste and cashews together by adding little water into a smooth paste.

Take two tsps of oil in a pan and add the above ground paste. Fry till raw smell leaves. Add a pinch of turmeric powder, garam masala powder, chilly powder, coriander powder and salt to it and mix well. Allow it to boil for two mins and simmer the stove. Add the curd and mix well. Finally drop in the fried potatoes to it and mix well.

Serve the creamy aloo amristari with jeera rice and enjoy eating :)

You can make this as an accompaniment with ghee rice or even roti, chapathi etc :)

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Written by: Nithya
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shriannalakshmi said...

Nice combo,wonderful clicks.

Raks said...

I too loved this post and wanted to try this combo instantly when I saw. Loved your neat set up and the ambiance! And you are so rite,I also always wowed at her no of draft posts ;)

Shylaja said...

Lovely clicks.Delicious combo
South Indian Home

Suja Manoj said...

Nice combo..looks so delicious..superb clicks dear

subhashini said...

very yummy combo.

Radhika said...

I love ur close up shots Nits. Simply Awesome. The whole thing gives a restaurant like ambiance.

Priya said...

Great one Nithya .. I am sure going to try this tonight!!! :D

Priya Suresh said...

Wonderful combo, simply irresistible..

Unknown said...

Thanks for those lovely words Nithi! Am sure our friendship will grow only closer and fonder as years go by :) Am glad that u liked the combination, lovey ambience and clicks as usual!

Indian Khana said...

Pulao n aloo sabji looks fab ...

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

neat and cute presentation and thats a wonderful combo and u have made it so perfect . I always eager to see her "coming up next"coloumn in her blog

MJ Delights said...

Hi Nithya,

I tried Punjabi Aloo Amritsari and was good...Thanks

Maria John

KrithisKitchen said...

Lovely dishes and an elegant table setting!

Vidhya said...

Wow yummy combo

Unknown said...

Loved this combo and as soon I saw it, I was like, didn't I see it already somewhere, you proved that I am not crazy and indeed Sharmi had posted this, beautifully done dear :)

Unknown said...

I did also see her recipe...never tried this combination as such...soon pretty soon try!

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

..Mouthwatering combo..drool worthy pics nits..

My Kitchen Antics said...

i love jeera pulao...n the aloo looks great..m gonna try that sometime

Nitha said...

delicious combo.. Love both the rice n aloo..

Rinku Naveen said...

Yummy combo! Niths I just loved the set up..lovely clicks...

Swapna said...

I love Jeera Pulao... Lovely clicks as usual and love that crochet mat too :)... Did you crocheted it Nithi?

Anonymous said...

Love your blog just for the pics.. you make water seem tasty!!!

sangeeta said...

Great pics Nithya !!!
The recipes are definitely winners.

Julie said...

yummy jeera pulao..first time at your space..wonderful blog!!
visit mine too

Unknown said...

super duper combo! and the pictures are absolutely tempting!

Abhilash Pillai said...

great clicks

Plateful said...

Ohh you girls are so lucky to be able to meet your bloggie friends. How I wish I could do the same! Alsa, not many bloggers from my part of the world..:( Sharmilee is a talented person and I'm one of her regular followers :)

Your clicks are gorgeous Nits! Every time I visit I'm lost for words..!!

SeasonWithSpice said...

I need to stop checking your blog when I'm hungry. All those spices and flavours are making my stomach growl...

M D said...

love the combo, love ur presentation and every bit of the recipe u have posted.

Namitha said...

That seem to be a winner combo..I too have noticed Sharmi posting very regularly which I could only cream of :-)

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