The recipe of this one pot meal of Methi Pulao was shared by my friend dear Rekha Pai. It is so fragrant and filled with the goodness of Methi leaves. In fact it needs no accompaniment. I served it with a mixed vegetable raita as the family likes all rice preparations with a curd based side dish. Methi is good for diabetics, so those interested in trying this recipe could replace rice with any of the millets.
250 gms Basmati rice washed and drained
500 ml boiling water
Ingredients to be ground to a paste:
12 green chillies
2 garlic cloves
2 inch piece of Cinnamon
5 Marathi moggu ( Kapok buds)
A bunch of coriander leaves
3 tbsps oil
A large pinch of turmeric powder
For the tempering:
4 tbsps Ghee/ clarified butter
15 cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 large onions minced
4 large tomatoes chopped fine
A large bunch of Methi leaves chopped fine
Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the whole spices. Toss and then add the onions , garlic , green chillies, coriander leaves and turmeric powder. Roast till the onions turn translucent. Switch off, allow to cool and grind to a fine paste. Keep aside.
Heat the Ghee in a pressure cooker. Drop in the onions and garlic and roast to a golden brown. Add the ground paste and roast till it leaves the sides of the cooker. Add the methi leaves and roast till they wilt . Tip in the tomatoes and roast till mushy. Add the washed and drained rice and saute for a couple of minutes. Add salt. Pour in the boiling water , cover and cook to two whistles. Serve hot with a raita of your choice.
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