As for these green cauliflower? I simple got tired of white cauliflower and decided to try one of
Brussel Sprouts are a Fall Crop just like the other cruciferous vegetables and require cool weather and are harvested by the first frost. I was able to find fresh Brussel Sprouts early spring. While they are great with potatoes like in this Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts Masala Fry my favorite is in a mixed vegetable rice. Great for a weeknight meal and the biggest benefit is having a perfect lunch.
While the Pulao can be made as fancy as you wish but for a weeknight meal it can be as simple as possible. A raita or some chips is all is needed to make it a complete meal.
Brussel Sprouts and Green Cauliflower Pulao
Preparation Time:15 minutes
Cooking Time:25 minutes
- 2 cups of Basmati Rice
- 15 Brussel Sprouts slit in half
- 3/4 of a cauliflower broken into florets
- 5-6 green chilies slit
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1 tbsp of finely chopped garlic
- 2-3 tomatoes finely chopped
- 1 cup of chopped coriander leaves
- 1 cup of chopped mint leaves
- 1/2 tbsp of red chili powder
- salt to taste
- 2-3 tsp of oil
- seasonings - 1/2 inch cinnamon, few cloves and 1 star anise (whole spices)
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- Wash and soak the rice for about 20 minutes or so.
- Heat oil in a pressure cooker and when hot add the seasonings (whole spices) and saute for 1/2 minute.
- Add in the cumin and fennel seeds followed by the onions.
- Add the onions and saute till the they start to brown. Add in the ginger and garlic and saute for a half minute more.
- Add the coriander leaves and mint leaves and saute till they are completed wilted.
- Add in the tomatoes and saute till they become mushy. Add in the salt and chili powder and mix it in.
- Now add in the brussel sprout and saute for a minute.
- Add the rice and saute gently for about a couple of minutes.
- Add the required amount of water (see Note:) and let it come to a boil. and let it cook for about 8-10 minutes till the rice is half cooked and about 3/4th of the water is absorbed.
- Add the cauliflower florets and mix it into the rice.
- Close the lid put the weight on and in medium low heat let the rice cook for about 6-8 minutes. Turn the heat off and let it sit for another 8 minutes or so.
- Note:The amount of water to rice varies depends on if the rice was soaked or not. The Basmati rice I had used required 2 cups of water for every cup of rice but since it was soaked it was sufficient to add 1 1/4 cups of water for every cup of rice.
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