May 11, 2008
Pulaos and Biryanis are the two type of Indian rice recipe that form an integral part of any formal or informal lunch or dinner. The main difference between the two is the style in cooking techniques. To make a basic pulao, rice is first tempered in desi ghee (clarified butter) and spices, then exact measured water is added to the rice. For 1 cup of rice 2 cups water is used. If using a pressure cooker, for every 1 cup of rice 1 and 1/4 of water is sufficient. Biryani, on the other hand is made from par boiled rice, which is then assembled with the other ingredients, sealed and put on dum for at least 45 minutes (put on a very low heat, so that all the flavors inside the pot amalgamate well).
There are many who are novice about the difference between the pulao and the biryani. Pulao is a dish that is combined with all the ingredients like vegetables, meat, spices cooked together to make the dish but in case of biryani they are half cooked separately and put in layers and cooked on dum (slow process of cooking over a very slow flame).
The pulaos are the main contender in the comfort food and extremely high on demand in many restaurants. Along with the pulao follow a variety of spiced rice like the tomato rice, lemon rice, mango rice etc. Pulao is a very popular main course dish that trance all with its aromatic vibes it creates while preparing the dish with profound fascination and also has made its way in the façade of Indian cuisine. An absolutely alluring dish that makes you strongly craves to devour only the comforting foods in the days to follow. The roots of the recipe of pulao is strongly attached to the north Indian cuisine and slowly moved across the threshold of south Indian cuisine leaving them too absolutely mesmerized with its heavenly aromatic fragrance that fills the whole areas with its subtle flavors. I would sincerely suggest and advice that it is always best to make a healthy and nutritious vegetable pulao at home which is not either too over cooked or lightly cooked, too oily or too insipid and shall keep your culinary skills high.
I am highlighting some of my best Pulao recipes and would be delighted that you all give a try and enjoy their explicit taste and flavours:
This is a very popular Mughlai rice preparation made with caramalized rice with black cumin and is often served with rich creamy kormas gravies.
Veg Pulao is a comfort and satisfying complete meal, cooked with aromatic rice (basmati), mixed vegetables & whole spices. This makes a healthy, nutritious & delicious one pot meal paired with raita, pickle & roasted papad.
Zafrani Pulao or Saffron Rice
Zafrani Pulao is a mix of rich ingredients - Basmati rice cooked in a sweet and rich blend of spices and nuts.
Methi Paneer Corn Pulao
Paneer Corn methi pulao is a one pot meal prepared with sweet corn, paneer and fenugreek leaves, the duo tastes awesome and gives a fantastic flavour to the pulao. This is one among the best lunch box meal that is easy to make and doesn't need any special sides to accompany it, just some curd or raita will do.
Celery Basmati Pulao
The combination of this two main ingredients celery and basmati rice will gives an attractive aroma to the dish when you cooked. this dish is not only a delicious but also healthy.
Cheese Pearls Pulao
This pulao is a visual delight with lightly browned cashewnuts. Moti pulao is truly a delghtful rice recipe with authentic Indian flavours and the motis which means pearls which made from paneer and khova gives a rich flavour to this pulao.
Ram Pulao Gatta Pulao
An easy-to-make khichdi from the Guajarati town of Kathiyavad! A perfect combination of dals, rice and loads of mixed vegetables makes this khichdi nutritious and filling, with a melange of flavours and textures that is irresistible. Enjoy this spicy one-dish meal with low-fat curds, or with kadhi and papad.
Spicy Pulao with Stir fry Brinjals
Spicy Pulao with stir fry Brinjals is an amazing rice dish preparation commonly known as Vangi masala bhath made with eggplant/ brinjal added to basmati rice with aromatic masala playing the key role.
Shrimp Mango Coconut Pulao
An innovative and delicious rice preparation made with a combination of shrimp, mango and coconut giving a unique taste and flavour to the rice.
Mushroom Mint Pulao
A fantastic combination of mushroom, spices flavoured with mint together cooked with basmati rice.
Achari Chana Pulao
Achari Chana Pulao/ Achari Chole Pulao or Pickle spiced chickpea rice is a brilliant twist in bringing out the pickle flavour in the rice and channa (chickpea) cooked together spiced with aromatic basmati rice and serve raita, salad.
Mughlai Vegetable Pulao with fried bread
This Mughalai vegetable pulav is an adapted pulav in the regions of Deccan area where the stale double roti is fried and mixed along with the pulao it gives an extra dimension to the simple vegetable pulao and every one will be digging for the bread pieces.
Andhra Chicken Pulao
Andhra chicken pulao or Kodi pulao is a scrumptious one pot meal made with fresh spices, cooked meats or sautéed vegetables with rice (uncooked rice) combined together until done. It's a great one-pot meal, and a delicious weekday alternative to your old meat and potatoes standby. Spice it up in the kitchen and switch it up with this delicious Indian dish! Kodi pulao is prepared with adding chicken with fine meat, rice and seasonings. Kodi pulao is akin to biryani but is lighter and is not greasy. Kodi pulao is served hot at the lunch table and is a favoured Indian food.
Jarda Pulav is luscious sweet saffron rice specially made during Eid festivals. Mawa or coconut or any spices can also be added in the pulav to enhance the flavour.
Pineapple Zarda Pulao
Pineapple Zarda Pulao also known as Zafrani Pulao, is a Indian sweet rice preparation using pineapple pieces or canned pineapple, which is diced and added to the pulao.
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