Indians or middle easterners cannot survive without pulao, a vegetable rice item. It is one of the easiest and tasty meal – very suitable for get-togethers, party, potlucks or to prepare for a number of guests. One filling, healthy and tasty meal. In pulao the most important ingredient is the basmati rice itself. I will not even debate on not using basmati white long grained rice here. Instead, I experimented on adding foxtail millet instead of 50% of basmati and it turned out no one noticed any difference. Inspite of it, I got good praises for the pulao. So do add atleast 40% of millet to your rice items and healthify your meal.
We had this with mushroom curry and it is a big hit. I have been recently asked what could be a healthy vegetarian dish for thanksgiving table and I could come up with many, and this definitely is one. A pulao with mushroom gravy or chick pea gravy – a complete healthy thanksgiving vegetarian food.
The pulao I made is sans onion, garlic, red chilli. It is entirely upto you to follow your own recipe and add millets in addition.
Pulao with millets
Pulao with millets san onion, garlic, chillies.
Wash and Soak green peas, foxtail millets overnight.
Wash and soak basmati rice so it gets soaked for at-least a couple of minutes before we boil the rice.
Cut the vegetables into cubes - potatoes, carrots, green beans. Shred the cilantro and mint.
Mince the ginger in a spice grinder.
Heat the pan, add coconut oil, and let it heat.
Add the whole garam masala (javetri, cloves, cardomom, bay leaves, black pepper) and black cumin.
Add minced ginger and mix well so it gets evenly cooked.
To this add all the boiled vegetables, cilantro, mint. Add 2 tbsp pulao masala.
Also add the foxtail millet and basmati rice to this mix.
Add salt and water. (Can add half the quantity coconut milk if needed - optional). The water should be two times the total content of millet and rice minus 1 cup.
So if millets is 1 cup and basmati rice is 1 cup, water is 4 minus 1 = 3 cups.
Taste the mixed water, to check for saltiness. The water can be a little salty if potatoes are used as they absorb quite a bit of salt.
If boiling in a pressure cooker, on medium wait till 2 whistles and remove from stove. If instant pot or rice cooker, just set it at rice setting and it should be done.
Once done, immediately remove from heat, so it does not overcook.
Garnish with cilantro, cashews if needed.