Nuts n’ Berry Pulao

When I think of pulao, only one thing comes to mind it is a makeover to a simple rice dish in which it is accessorised with as many ingredients as you can think. A regular rice dish is so humble and versatile that by adding a few other things, it becomes the whole meal in itself like pulao, biryanis one-pot meals, etc.
By adding veggies, meats, or nuts it becomes not only tasty but also colourful which works as an appetizer. All these add the nutritive value to the pulao.
Today when I decided to prepare a veg pulao, I added nuts and berries( as these were left in my pantry in sufficient quantity after baking a nuts’n berry cake)to it and a few of these things along with mixed veggies took its taste to another level. Cranberries, raisins, and dried apricots gave it a sweet-sour taste and nuts added the crunch to the veg pulao. This nuts me the famous IRANI BERRY PILAF inspires berry pulao. Let me share the recipe with all of you

Nuts n Berry Pulao /IRANI BERRY PILAF

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Preparation time – 20 minutes
Cooking time – 25 minutes
Coarse – main
Cuisine – Middle Eastern
Servings – 4-5
1 – Long grain basmati rice – 1 cup (250 gms  )Washed and Soaked for 20 minutes
2 – Sufficient water for boiling or 4 cups
3 – Thinly sliced Onion – 1 big sized
4 – Thinly sliced carrot – 1 big sized
5 – Green peas – 1/4 cup
6 – Mixed nuts and berries (cashew, pistachios, raisins, cranberries, and dried apricots) 1/2 cups or 125 gms
7 – Milk – half cup
8 – Ghee – 1 tbsp
9 – A few saffron/Kesar strands
10 – Salt – to taste
1 – In a saucepan keep the rice boiling
In the meantime, pan-fry onion and carrot slices till golden brown
2 – Blanch peas and transfer them to cold water so that they do not lose colour
Let the rice boil until 75% or until 1 bite is left
3 – Strain the rice through a sieve and keep it aside
4 – Mix milk, ghee, and saffron strands and heat them to combine everything
5 – In the same pan in which veggies were fried spread half of the rice as 1st layer
Spread half of the cooked veggies berries n nuts as the 2nd layer
Again rice as the 3rd layer and the remaining veggies, berries, and nuts as 4th last layer
6 – Sprinkle milk-ghee mix all over and cover the lid
Cook this pulao at a very low flame for more than 10 minutes
7 – Switch off the gas and let it remain covered for a few more minutes in its steam
Heavenly tasty veg berry pulao is ready to relish with plain curd or raita