Karnataka Style Vegetable Pulao Recipe

Veg Pulao in Karnataka, specially in Bengaluru is served for breakfast with boiled eggs, coconut chutney or onion and tomato raita. It is a very simple and easy, one pot meal to fix on a busy day. Always store a bag or two of frozen veggies it is very convenient to use in many recipes. 
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3 Cups Rice
2 1/2 Cups Mixed Veggies
(Carrots, Beans, Peas, Cauliflower, Capsicum and Potato)
1 Large Onion
3 Green Chilies
1 Cinnamon Stick
4 Cloves
3 Pods Cardamom
1 Star Anise
2 Bay Leaves

Masala Paste:
1/4 Cup Fresh Coconut
1/3 Cup Fresh Coriander leaves
1/3 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves
1 Small Onion
1 Tbsp Pepper 
1/2 Tbsp Fennel
1 Inch Cinnamon 
3 Cloves
3 Pods Cardamom
2 Inch Ginger
15 Pods Garlic
5 Green Chilies 
Salt, Oil and Ghee as required
Lime Juice for garnish...

Heat a wok on medium flame with 6 tbsp oil. Once the oil is hot add 1 Small Onion sliced, 1 Tbsp Pepper corns, 1/2 Tbsp Fennel, 1 Inch Cinnamon, 3 Cloves, 3 Pods Cardamom, 2 Inch Ginger, 15 Pods Garlic, 5 Green Chilies fry till the onions turn transparent.

Add 1/4 Cup Fresh Coconut, 1/3 Cup Fresh Coriander leaves and 1/3 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves fry for 30 to 40 seconds remove the masala from heat allow to cool.

Once the masala has cooled add to a mixer jar with a splash of water grind to form a smooth paste reserve. Wash the rice thrice and allow to soak in water for 5 minutes.

Heat a pressure cooker with 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp ghee. Add the spices 3 Green Chilies, 1 Cinnamon Stick, 4 Cloves, 3 Pods Cardamom, 1 Star Anise, 2 Bay Leaves allow to splutter.

Add 1 large onion and slit green chilies fry till transparent. Add the masala paste and fry till oil surfaces on top. add the chopped and frozen veggies fry for a minute in the masala.

Add salt as per taste to the veggies stir. Drain excess water from the rice and add to the veggie masala. For every 1 cup rice, I have added  1 1/2 cup water stir all the ingredient till well combined check for salt add if needed close the lid place a whistle and cook for 3 whistles on high flame.

Once the pressure has reduced open the lid, Add lime juice mix well and serve hot...Enjoy :)

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