Monday, July 16, 2012


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Its been a while since I have posted a recipe on pulao for the simple reason that I either make it at odd times (well... I consider anything made for dinner also as an odd time as I find it difficult to take any good pics) or when I am short of time.I must say pulao is easy to prepare and is also a good dish in any party. The flavors of the whole masalas and herbs and the beautiful fragrance of basmati rice when cooked to the perfection when paired with a raita(seasoned yogurt) is truly a blissful meal.
While I have already posted various pulao recipes like Mint pulao, Palak Pulao, Vegetable pulav,Peas pulao to name a few, today's Methi pulao is one of the most favorite one at home.Unlike regular pulaos, I make Methi pulao with coconut milk, a hint of bitterness from those fresh greens and the slight sweetness of coconut milk adds a nice taste to the pulao.I can assure you that you will fall in love with this flavorful pulao, if you try this recipe.
(Serves 2)

1 cup Basmati Rice
2 cups Methi leaves/Fenugreek leaves
1 Onion,sliced
1/3 cup Paneer,cubed
1/3 cup fresh/frozen Green Peas
1 tsp home made Sambar powder*
1/2 cup Coconut milk**
1 1/2 cups Water
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1 Bay leaf
1" Cinnamon
3 Cloves
2 Marathi Moggu
2 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Ghee
Salt to taste

to grind:
3/4" Ginger
4-5 Garlic pods
4-5 Green chillies
  • Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 10 mins.
  • Remove the fenugreek leaves from the stems carefully and wash them and add a pinch of salt and keep aside for 5 mins.Squeeze the water out of methi leaves.This will help to remove the bitterness slightly from fenugreek leaves,though it is optional to add salt.Do not chop the leaves for the pulav it will make the pulav bitter.
  • Heat oil and ghee together in a wide thick pan or pressure cooker.Add cinnamon,bayleaf,cloves and marathi moggu and fry until they pop up.
  • Grind ginger,garlic and green chili to a paste.
  • Add sliced onions and fry until they turn pink.Add ground ginger-garlic-green chilli paste and fry well until the raw smell goes away.
  • Add fenugreek leaves and fry for 2 mins.Add green peas and fry for 1-2 mins.
  • Add drained basmati rice and fry well for a couple of minutes.
  • Add paneer,sambar powder to rice and give a saute for a minute.
  • Add coconut milk(1/2 cup) and water(1 1/2 cups) and add enough salt and let it come to a boil and close the lid of the pan/cooker and cook over low flame for 10-12 mins in the pan.If you are using pressure cooker pressure cook for 1 whistle and simmer the flame and cook for another 7-8 mins.Switch off the flame.
  • After the pressure drops,add lemon juice and give a nice and gentle stir to the pulao.
Serve it hot with raitha and papad.

* You can use 1/2 tsp Biriyani Masala(ready made) instead of sambar powder in the recipe.Both have their own taste and I like both the ways.
**I used 2 tbsp coconut milk powder mixed in 2 cups of warm water to make instant coconut milk.You can adjust the amount of coconut milk to suit your taste buds.You can even avoid coconut milk in this recipe if you do not coconut flavored pulaos.
  1. You can add mixed vegetables like carrots,potatoes,beans,capsicum in the recipe.Also you can add soaked chickpeas instead of veegatbles or peas in the recipe which makes it Methi Chana pulao which tastes nice too.
  2. If you are using frozen paneer,soak them in hot water for a while which makes paneer soft.
  3. You can add cashewnuts while frying onions which adds a nice taste to pulao.
  4. You can even avoid coconut milk in this recipe and replace with water(2 cups) if you do not coconut flavored pulaos.
  5. Marathi Moggu is not a very common spice available everywhere,if you do not get it leave the spice and proceed with the same recipe.
  6. For a Vegan version avoid ghee and paneer in the recipe.


Reshmi Mahesh said...

Inviting pulao...Looks very delicious...Lovely clicks..

Unknown said...

lovely clicks and extra ordinary presentation... pulao looks perfect

Mélange said...

Pulao looks extremely inviting.I am a sucker of Pulao.Cheers !

Savi-Ruchi said...

I too add coconut milk while making methi pulao. I throw in some carrots too, however never tried adding sambhar powder. Your version looks different. Will try your version sometime.

Unknown said...

I make this the same way with whole spices and all..have it in my space..

Unknown said...

Methi pulao looks yummy.

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anjana said...

very flavourfull and favourite pulao

Supriya's Rasoi said...

Methi pulao looks delicious! lovely presentation Pratibha.

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Simple and yummy one pot meal. Lovely combo with boondi raitha

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Very flavorful and healthy pulao...looks yummy..

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Prathima Rao said...

Flavorful pulao!!! I had posted a similar version of methi pulao..and yes, adding coconut milk cuts the bitterness and enhances the flavor of d pulao.. :)
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virunthu unna vaanga said...

very yummy n healthy pulao prathy...

Priya Suresh said...

Wish to have this beautiful and flavourful pulao for my lunch rite now. Love the addition of coconut milk here.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Learned a new trick ie. addition of coconut milk reduces the bitterness of methi..This one pot meal looking yummy

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Healthy and inviting pulao,looks tempting..nice clicks....

Unknown said...

That bowl of pulao is so inviting beautiful pic.

Swathi said...

Delicious pulao and nice clicks.

Archana said...

Wow so delicious. Love the use of coconut milk.

Kavitha said...

delicious and very tempting :)

Unknown said...

Methi and coconut milk, two favorites and I am in :), looks good Prathibha!

Sobha Shyam said...

wow, pulao looks fabulous...would have been very flavourful rt !

shubha said...

Hi, I will try this recipe.It looks yummy.Pls tell me what is marathi moggu.Thanks

Spice up the Curry said...

methi pulao looks very yummy

AJ said...

So tempting!! Love methi flavour in dishes!!

M D said...

Wow! The pulao looks delicious and inviting!

Priya dharshini said...

One of my fav pulao...Very nice click..


Looks very delicious!

Unknown said...

Very tempting pulao with yummy pics..

Cathleen said...

This looks delicious! I never knew how simple this was to make, I love it!

Anonymous said...

very very tasty and mouth watering

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