Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Vermicelli Pulao

The first time I tasted this dish was at my Bappa's (Uncle) place. Ever since then this is the one of the dishthat he makes when I visit them. My bappa is an excellent cook. Any tips or traditional recipe he is always ready to share. During my return from last trip to India, my dad had to cancel his tickets at the last minute as he had some meeting. My uncle along with my mom came to see me off till Mumbai. During the train journey I got a lot of recipes from him. His recipes never fail for me. He gives the exact measure and accurate steps. One such was Rava idli. Though it was my first attempt it had come out perfect.
Coming to this Pulao, I have tried a lot of times but could never recreate that dish as he makes it. Last time when I met him he gave me the exact ingredients and it came out perfect. We both loved it. Only change that I made was he makes use of fresh Garam masala but I used store brought one. 
Here is what's needed:
1 Cup Vermicelli (I used Bambino)
1/2 cup veggies like Carrot,Beans sliced thin
handful of green Peas (I used frozen)
1 big Onion sliced lengthwise
2-3 green Chilli's slit
1 small Tomato chopped fine
2 Garlic cloves crushed
6-7 Curry Leaves
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Garam masala powder
1" Cinnamon stick
Salt to taste
Oil for seasoning
Finely chopped Coriander leaves for garnishing

1) Dry Roast Vermicelli on a medium heat until they turn golden brown and transfer it to a plate. 2) Boil the veggies until 3/4th done. Drain the water to prevent further cooking. Do not throw this water it can be used to cook the vermicelli. Measure the water and add more water if needed to make it 2 cups of water. Keep it to boil.
3) Take some oil in a Kadai. When hot add crushed Garlic, fry for a min. Add chopped Onion with little salt and fry until it turns golden brown. Transfer them to a seperate plate.
4) In the same kadai add little Oil. Add Mustard seeds. When they splutter add Curry leaves + green Chilli + Cinnamon stick . When the colour of green chilli changes add tomato. Fry it well. Add turmeric powder + Garam masala powder+ Salt.
5) Add the roasted Vermicelli and 2 cups of boiled water. Mix in the veggies too and give it quick stir. Check for Salt and cook covered on medium flame until done. 
6) Just before you switch it off add fried Onion and chopped Coriander leaves and mix well. Let it sit for min. Switch off and serve hot.

P.S: You can add cashews to enhance the taste. Even Beetroot can be added to make it colourful.


Unknown said...

LOoks delicious...nice entry... nice idea... thxs for sharing...

anudivya said...

I just make upma with vermicilli or maybe kheer. Got to try this...

Uj said...

Thank you. Do try it.

Do try it. It really tastes good.

Unknown said...

Thanks for all your mouth watering photograph's that tempts the most to try your stuffs. I will first start off with Khandvi that attracted me the most :-).

Priya Kurup Premkumar said...

Hey Ujwal, thanks for your comment on my blog. Its been a while since I blogged.

Your Vermicelli pulao, will be trying soon. Looks very interesting. The bittergourd too, love the vegetable, making hubby eat that is a task. Will try that soon too.

Anu said...

Ujwal-this looks great! i have some vermicelli lying in my pantry, i will definitely try this one.

mokaman said...

Just swung by your blog. Looks like a good recipe. WIll give it a try.

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