Since GG started her internship, I have been trying to make more one-pot meals that she can take with her. Some experiments in making one-pot meals are successful or some are a big failure. Today’s recipe is one of those experiments which were successful. Everyone loved it and S who is usually not a big fan of the cauliflower and broccoli combination asked me to make this instead of the usual stir fry I make.
This is a very simple recipe to make and barely took me 10 minutes to prep and put in the rice cooker. If you are making this on the stovetop, it will need a bit more care as you need to keep an eye on the water level.
Cauliflower and Broccoli Pulao
- 1 cup basmati rice
- ½ a head of cauliflower, cut into medium-sized florets
- ½ a head of broccoli, cut into medium=-sized florets
- 1 medium-sized onion, halved and sliced finely
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 cloves
- 3 cardamom pods
- inch cinnamon stick
- ½ tsp green chilli paste or 1 green chilli, chopped into big pieces
- 10 pieces of cashew nuts
- Salt to taste
- 1.5 cups water
- Wash the basmati rice well till the water runs clear and then soak it in water for 20 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
- Heat a pan and add the ghee and when the ghee warms, add the cashew nuts and let the nuts become golden brown.
- At this point, add the cumin seeds and let the seeds pop.
- Once the cumin seeds pop, add in the bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom pods and saute for a few seconds each.
- Then add in the green chillies or the chilli paste and saute for a couple of minutes.
- Now add the chopped and washed cauliflower and broccoli florets and saute for a couple of minutes.
- Once the florets are cooking for a few minutes, add in the washed and drained rice and season with salt. I usually add about 1 tsp of salt for a cup of rice, but this is a personal preference.
- Transfer the rice mixture to a rice cooker and add 1.5 cups of water and cook until done. If you are using the stovetop, stir once a while until all the water is completely absorbed by the rice and the rice is cooked.
- Once the rice is done, switch off the stove or rice cooker and let it sit for a while before opening it and fluffing it with a fork.
- Serve hot with a raita.