Thursday, 24 January 2013

Coconut milk pulao

We had some friends staying over last weekend and it was a hell of a lot of fun. On Monday, after a day out shopping, we got back home exhausted. With the plan of ordering food from outside, we sat down and relaxed with a cup of tea for more gossip sessions. At around 5pm this sudden enthusiasm to cook came over me (and let me warn you, that's not something that happens often, or let me say ever). So I got up and said I was gonna make dinner.

This friend of mine said she would help and we got around to chopping and peeling. Pulao and a beef curry was on the cards and we started prepping. Half way through, the conversation went on to Thai and jasmine rice and coconut milk and my friend said she makes a pulao with coconut milk. She was explaining the procedure and it sounded too good to pass. Turned the whole thing around and decided to make that pilaf instead. 

It was so easy to make and absolutely delish. The whole credit for this dish goes to her and it would be one of those rice preps that will make its way through to my table more often. As I have said before, making rice in the microwave is a revelation to me and again its proved satisfactory. The recipe is quite versatile and you can add whatever veggies you please- it was my first time using potato in a pilaf but it was worth it, its a pretty nice addition. It serves 4 generously and I paired it with a side of beef and spinach curry, pickle and raita.
Rice- 1 1/2 cups (washed and soaked for at least 15 minutes)
Water- 3 cups
Ghee- 1 tbsp
Onion- 1 small, finely chopped
Green chilli- 1, finely chopped
Garlic paste- 1 tsp
Carrots- 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Beans- 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Potato- 1/4 cup, cut into small cubes
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Thick coconut milk- 1/3rd cup 
Salt- to taste
Lemon juice- 1/2 tbsp
Coriander leaves- to garnish (optional)
Melt the ghee in a frying pan and add sauté the onions and chilli till glossy, about 3 to 4 minutes. No need to brown it.
Add the garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell disappears.
In goes the diced carrots, beans and potato. Add salt and turmeric powder, stir well, close the pan with a lid and let it cook for about 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat. Make sure it doesn't char.
Open the lid and add the coconut milk, making sure the veggies are all coated well. Continue cooking with the lid open for a few more minutes, till the veggies are cooked.
Drain the rice and add it to the coconut milk mix. Stir continuously for about 2 to 3 minutes, coating the rice with the mix.
Meanwhile, boil 3 cups of water in the kettle.
Transfer the rice mix to a microwave safe bowl, add the boiling water, lemon juice and more salt and place in the microwave, uncovered.
Cook on high (mine was a 750 wts) for 20 minutes.
Once time is up, take the bowl out to see if all the water has been absorbed. If not, put it back into the microwave and cook for another 3 minutes or so.
Leave the bowl covered for about 10 minutes (this is completely optional) and then fluff well using a fork. The grains would all be separate if cooked perfectly.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve warm
Notes: Do different versions with frozen peas, corn kernels, mushrooms and so on to make it more interesting.
The coconut milk taste is very distinct, think it out with water if you are not a big fan and reduce the water used accordingly. For example if using 1/2 cup think coconut milk, then use only 2 3/4 cups of boiling water. 
You can also stir in the coconut milk along with the boiling water and add to the rice so the rice gets cooked in the coconut milk. Shall try that method next time and update with results.


Kadhyaa said...

that looks so yummy :). nice pic

Suja Manoj said...

Love the idea,coconut milk adds lots of flavor..yum

divya said...

wow..they look so good & delicious!!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and lovely looking pulao. Wonderfully prepared.

Priya said...

Serve me this pulao with a spicy side dish,can have it anytime.Love the coconut flavour in pulao.Inviting dish,lovely spread.

Sireesha Puppala said...

delicious good :) love the colour of pulav

M D said...

That coconut milk recipe looks good and is so beautifully presented that I am drooling over it! :)

Bharathy said...

So cute to try out your freind's recipe! Looks great, girl! :) hmm with beef curry? absolutely tempting!

Pratiba Bhat said...

Love the way you have spilt some rice grains in the third and fourth pics :) Makes the picture look homely.

Lubna Karim said...

Lovely recipe...I never tried coconut milk in rice...would love to give it a try...

Julia said...

This (and many other recipes on your blog) look delicious!