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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Kashmiri Pulao | Sweet Pulao

Kashmiri pulao is a famous pulao in restaurants.I tried to recreate the same pulao at home.This pulao is rich in dry fruits and nuts.It is a delicate,mildly spiced pulao with a hint of sweetness(chopped fruits) and vegetables.Kashmiri Pulao is a one pot meal,can be served just like that or with a simple raitha as side.Saffron adds the color and flavor to the rice but my version is without it.This pulao is very colorful and appealing.All liked it very much esp kids.Try this out & enjoy!!

basmati rice 2 cups
water 4 cups
salt to taste
green chilli 2 slices
frozen green peas 1/2 cup
turmeric powder a pinch
ginger garlic paste 2 tsp
*saffron few strands
*milk 2tbsp 
ghee 2tbsp
oil 3 tbsp

whole spices
cinnamon 2" piece
cloves 4-5
bay leaves 2
aniseed 1
cardamom  3

for garnish
almonds 15-20
cashews 15
pistachio 1/3 cup
golden raisins 1/3 cup
black raisins 1/3 cup
fried onion 1/2 cup(optional)

pineapple/apple 1/2 cup
pomegranate seeds/grapes 1/2 cup 

  • Soak the saffron in milk and leave aside(I haven't used it).Wash and soak the basmati rice for 20 mins,drain water & keep to cook rice(has all nutrients,don't throw away).Keep aside the rice.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and lightly toast the nuts one by one and add the raisins.Drain the nuts and dry fruits in a platter.Add the oil and one sliced onion,half moon sized.Saute until golden brown.Drain on a plate.(omit this step if using store brought fried onions)
  • In the remaining ghee mixed oil,add the ginger garlic paste,green chillies.Saute until the raw smell disappears.Add the whole spices(listed above) and fry lightly.Next,add the drained soaked rice and thawed peas.Fry lightly by gentle stirring.Add a pinch of turmeric powder.
  • Add the saffron mixed with milk mix and 4 cups of water.Add salt as required.
  • Cook covered on medium flame until done(about 10 mins).Gently fluff with a fork to see if done and the moisture is completely absorbed.
  • Switch off flame and add chopped pineapple,pomegranate seeds and any other fruits if using.
  • Finish by adding the fried onions,fried nuts and dry fruits & is ready to serve.
Servings~ 4 adults 

* I love the flavor of fried onions and so have added.But the authentic recipe doesn't call for fried onions.
* You can even add half a tsp of chilli powder instead of green chillies.But it may alter the color lightly.
* If you wish to have a white colored rice with fruits and nuts,then omit adding turmeric powder and saffron.I just added turmeric powder as saffron wasn't available.
* You can even add more vegetables like chopped beans and carrots.

For all other pulao/biriyani recipes from Erivum Puliyum,click this link.

Go ahead and give this a try,


great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

rich and tasty pulav. Colorful too..

Torviewtoronto said... Best Blogger Tips

looks colourful and flavourful deliciously done

Vineetha said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie - This looks so delish and festive for the holiday season. I love the idea of pineapples and pomegranate seeds to top the pulao, so unique!

Sooriya said... Best Blogger Tips

Thats so delicious treat!!!

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful clicks,colorful and yummy pulao

FLAVZCORNER said... Best Blogger Tips

The Pulao looks so colorful and delicious!! I am pretty sure this will be a kid pleaser item on the dining table.

indugetscooking said... Best Blogger Tips

I love pomegranate with rice. Looks so colorful and wholesome.

Motions and Emotions said... Best Blogger Tips

lot of flavours in every bite

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

so colorful!!! has every goodness in it... :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I had this Kashmiri Pulao very often for my grad days..... When I saw ur pics, I was in those memories... Urs is so colorful and tempting one.....Love it :)

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum yummy . Happy new year to you and your family

Ranjani said... Best Blogger Tips

its really an appealing pulao.. you made it wonderfully with lovely shots..

Thermofan. Marisa G. said... Best Blogger Tips

Dear friend, I like your dish. Lots of ingredients very well combined.
My best wishes. Be happy with your family.
Happy 2015

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so rich and inviting.. I'm feeling so tempted looking at the pic..

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

love this sweet pulav, on my list

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

colorful and delicious pulao..

meena said... Best Blogger Tips

I too made some Kashmiri pulav the other day.Is it because of the weather or our tastes are same :) I always find things I love here.