If you had been to a local restaurant or food joint in Katanataka, you would have definitely not missed to see or taste this wonderful rice item on the menu. Initially I too thought what's Jeera rice?? Is cumin a major ingredient? I don't like their taste.. Reminds me especially of the super beneficial jeera water my mom gives me during childhood times. But I got acquainted to this item and it's really flavorful. If you like variety rices for your lunch, you must add this to your menu.
I usually try my mom's proven recipe for biriyani all these years. It's totally south indian and lip smacking recipe.. but I'm not talking about that one now. I would share that recipe on a another post. But this time I tried a different way to make chicken biriyani... and it ended as exactly I wanted it to be!! We love Andhra style biriyani served in Nagarjuna Hotel in Bangalore.... (not the Hyderabadi style). This is similar to south indian style, but more of green chillies. I tried a combination on my own to mimic the Nagarjuna Biriyani... and yayyyyyy I won it!! Sandy loved it to the core!! Now let's look into the recipe:
Pongal is a South Indian Rice Dish made for morning breakfast usually. I get tempted to have pongal in any of the South Indian famous restaurants... It tastes so heavenly when they serve it hot with a dollop of ghee, with white chutney and sambar. I love to have Pongal at any time of the day... but not the Karnataka style one. It is like porridge and you have to drink it... and the worse part is that they serve it with raitha. Eeeks!!
I make Pongal at home almost every week, because it's easy, tasty and heavy for weekend breakfast. So that my husband doesnt complain when lunch takes time. :) You would have read a lot of Pongal or Venpongal recipies... this one is especially for the working women who want to do stuff faster and avoid using lots of vessels for cooking. You need only one pressure cooker!! That's why i call it One pot Recipe.
I had been trying to make my best pulao, ever since I started cooking and you know what I finally made it!! :) I follow a lot of food bloggers to get inspired in cooking new recipies everyday. I dont like to repeat any recipies often and bore others too. One of the food blogger who is my favorite and has never let me down is Rak's Kitchen. Her photos are amazing, lip smacking and will definitely urge you to try them. This recipe is inspired from her tomato and peas pulao recipe. I do not want to repeat it's version, so here is the link to the recipe: Tomato Pulao Recipe.
My tweaks to the recipe:
# Avoided green chillies to reduce the spice and elaichi because i dont like it's flavor much :(
Do let me know if this recipe turned out well for you too.
Kavi is a foodie and loves to cook something new everyday, else she would get bored. She takes inspiration from many food bloggers. Her tried and tested recepies are shared here to inspire you. Happy Cooking!!