Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Microwave Jeera Pulao

Jeera Pulao is a famous rice dish from North India.It is a simple and tasty variation.You can enrich it by using butter instead of oil and adding a few cashews as garnish and serve it as such or with any gravy.It goes well with vegetable kurma.Usually rice varieties are served with yogurt based side dishes called Raita and some crispies.

Jeera Pulao is usually prepared with the fragrant Basmathi rice but for a change I made it with brown rice.You can follow the same method with the regular/ Basmathi rice but just adjust timings. [Brown rice takes a longer time to cook].Also the quantity of water used may vary with the variety of rice used.This Jeera Pula was a little chewy but delicious and definitely healthy.

I used:

Brown rice - 1 cup
Jeera / Cumin seeds- 2 teaspoons
Onion-1 finely sliced
Green chillies-3 ,slit
Ginger garlic paste- 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves- a few
Cinnamon- a small piece
Cardamom- 1
Bay leaf-1
Oil- 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

  1. Wash and soak brown rice for half an hour.Drain and keep aside.
  2. In a large microwave proof bowl,put in oil,cumin seeds,onion,ginger garlic paste,curry leaves, cloves, cardamom,cinnamon and bay leaf.
  3. Mix well and microwave on high for 3 minutes or till onion is translucent.Stir once in between.
  4. Into the same bowl add 3 cups of water,salt and the rice and cover and cook for 20 minutes or till the rice is done.Stir a couple of times in between.
  5. Let it stand in the microwave for 2 more minutes.
Serve as such or with a raita[Raita varieties can be found here] / crispies like pappadam or chips / vegetable kurma .

Piping hot Jeera pulao!!!

Incidentally this happens to be the 200th vegan post in my blog.Do take a look at the other Vegan varieties at Seduce Your Tastebuds.

Happy cooking....



Love that rich color, Padmajha. I'm not really a fan of microwave cooking, but will certainly try this using a cooker. Brown rice is a great addition, it has a lovely nutty flavor. Great dish!


PJ, how did you get that colour for your rice?


200th vegan post? Wow!


Thanks Deepika and Sra..

Cynthia, I used brown rice for this..


Congrats on your 200th post. That is a huge achievement! I have not used clove or bay leaf to flavour rice before. I am mostly a purist when it comes to basmati rice, although I have added cinnamon from time to time. I have never used the microwave to cook rice...this recipe will be a string of firsts for me, but I like a challenge!!


I've been wanting to try an alternative to white rice for a while now. And never thought of making the same jeera pulao with brown rice instead of white! Now I will :).
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