Jaipuri Pulav / Rajasthan Special

Rajasthan is the state that oozes its age long tradition even today. The language, culture, food all speak volumes about its glorious past. Predominantly their food consists of sun dried items in the vegetarian category. This is because of the lack of fresh vegetables round the year. Now things have changed all over India and everyone gets everything easily with the help of importing of missing goods. However the cuisine that got developed would push you to try some unusual food types. I initially wanted to make the ker sangri vegetable which I absolutely love. However my first few attempts were a bit downer as they didnt quite taste like what I had eaten at the Rajasthani thali house which is famous for this dish. I have not given up my hunt for the most authentic recipe but until I do that, I will share the Jaipuri pulav. This is a rich and elegant rice dish that goes very well with gatta kadhi.

2 cups basmati rice
1 bay leaf
1 tspn black pepper
1 inch cinnamon
2-3 cloves
2 -3 green cardamom
1 onion finely sliced
1 tbsp roughly chopped cashew nuts
1 tspn cashewnut paste
1 tspn garam masala
1 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp Clarified butter/ ghee

1) Soak the washed rice for 15 - 20 min in water.
2) In a nonstick deep pan, heat the ghee.
3) Add the bay leaf, cloves,pepper cinnamon, cardamom and saute till you can smell the aromas
4) Add the chopped onions and saute it further.
5) Add the cashew nut paste. Saute till it is well mixed
6) Quickly add the drained rice 
7) Add 4 cups of water, salt and stir well.
8) Cover and let it cook till the rice is done
9) Now uncover. Add the cashews and raisins.
10) Sprinkle some garam masala on top.

Serve with a gravy or kadhi of your choice.


Priya Suresh said…
I remember making this pulao for our earlier Mega Marathon, i can finish that bowl in a jiffy..Delicious pulao.
Unknown said…
such an authentic and delicious pulao!! well made!!
I love this spicy sweet pulao. Hope you find the authentic recipe for ker sangria vegetables. Have not heard of it but now I am interested. :)
Srivalli said…
I remember others doing this for another BM and enjoyed reading about it...pulao must have tasted great..raisins must have given that kashimiri touch as well..
Pavani said…
That is a simple and delicious looking pulao.
Harini R said…
Wow! That is such a simple and everyday kind of a pulao. Very homey as well..
I am so excited to see this Pulao! My family loves the sweet and spicy combos.
Usha said…
This is one of simplest pulavs I have come across.
Such a flavorful pulao...
Padmajha said…
Nice pulao Pradnya. I think I will be the only one to eat this as the adults at home don't like a mix of sweet in savory dishes!
Chef Mireille said…
I'm trying to avoid carbs and here you are tempting me
jayanthi said…
nice delicate pulao among all the rich dishes today
Archana said…
This has been on my to do list for long. Hope I am motivated enough to make it now.
Interesting Pulao from this state..very we'll made with cashews, love it.
Suma Gandlur said…
I am hearing about this pulao for the first time. It must be a flavorful one though it looks simple.

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