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Monday, June 6, 2011

Methi - Tuvar Pulao

Thanks to blogging marathon, I did blog continuously for weeks in the past month, which was very unlike me. J However I took an intentional short break from the web world the past week and could indeed stay away from the tempting posts of fellow bloggers. I did not peek into my email box either and that explains why I did not even respond to the delicious entries I received for my cooking with whole foods - toordal event. I would have extended my break a little longer if not for the event I am guesthosting. The event is going to end by 10th and I had to post at least a few entries this week to do some justice to the event.

Today's post involves a simple, flavorful and addictive meal involving the fresh tuvar / toor beans. Fresh pigeon peas, fenugreek greens and fragrant Basmati rice are cooked along with aromatic spices in a subtly sweet coconut base. Serve this with a spicy gravy dish / raita and you would end up with a delightful meal, I promise. J

Ingredients: (4 - 6 servings)
1 - 2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp grated ginger
6 cloves
1 bay leaf
4 cardamoms
3 one inch cinnamon pieces
4 - 5 Serrano peppers (adjust accordingly if using different chillies)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (optional)
1 onion (chopped)
1 bunch fresh fenugreek greens / methi (about 2 cups of leaves)
1/2 cup fresh tuvar / pigeon peas
2 cups Basmati rice
1 Tbsp salt
2 cups coconut milk + 2 cups water (or 4 cups water if not using coconut milk)
2 Tbsp of toasted cashews (optional)

Heat oil in a thick bottomed deep pan or a kadai and add cumin seeds. When they start to brown add ginger, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf and sauté for a few seconds. Next add the chillies and fry for a few seconds. Then add the onions and fry until translucent. Next add the fenugreek greens / methi and fresh tuvar beans and sauté for a minute.
Meanwhile, wash the rice in a couple of exchanges of water and drain. Add this rice, salt, turmeric powder and coconut milk - water to the pan. Stir once and cook covered until done, about 20 - 25 minutes. To keep the grains intact, avoid stirring in between.
Garnish with cashews, fluff and serve. Discard the bayleaf before serving.


Prathibha said...

Nice rice..looks yummy

Hari Chandana said...

Very delicious and healthy combination.. yummy !!
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Nisha said...

Rice looks delicious. beautiful click

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Simple n flavor full rice i use to make a similar version but i add tomatoes to it..

Priya said...

Nutritious,healthy and filling pulao, never used those whole toors in my cooking,wonderful pulao..

Reva said...

Simple yet delicious heartwarming dish..:)

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

very inviting rice !! looks so wonderful !!

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Delicious and flavorful dish.

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks perfect and delicious dear :)

harini-jaya said...

I can feel the aroma of methi leaves and the soft punch of green toor beans. I like to transfer the ingredients into an electric rice cooker for risk-free cooking :)

Suma Gandlur said...

Harini, I know the common notion that cooking in a pan on stovetop is difficult. :) However I find it ridiculously easy when a nonstick pan is used to cook pulaos. I add all the ingredients, close the lid and peek only after 20 minutes or so. It is usually done under 25 minutes.

Now Serving said...

looks lush and yummy, Suma!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

I could feel the nice aroma from the combo of methi leaves and tuvar.. so good..
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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Yum, what a beautiful color. Did you see I tried and posted about your mango-peanut-cilantro chutney? We all loved it, thanks :)

Sobha Shyam said...

very colourful, healthy and fragrant rice..

Kairali sisters said...

That looks fabulous suma

Kalyani said...

very new recipe to me .. looks delicious ..... following u on google followers .......

SouthIndianHome said...

Delicious Pulav

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Vardhini said...

Methi and tuvar .. yumm .. rice looks so perfect. Thx for sharing.

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Usha said...

Pulao looks excellent! Drooling over the picture and love the first pic

Megha said...

I tried this Methi Tuvar Pulao today. It came out very well, thanks Suma..

All your dishes are very simple and tasty. Thanks, keep blogging.