Friday, January 4, 2013

Mushroom Pepper Pulao | Mushroom Pepper Pilaf

There is nothing a like a wholesome one pot meal on cold winter evenings. These days we are right in the middle of a cold spell, cold days and even colder nights. There are inches and inches of snow on the ground and pretty much everything is frozen. Luckily we have lots of sunshine and bright days that make the early sunset more tolerable. Thanks to the sunlight we see an endless stream of birds on the trees and the occasional squirrel and wild rabbit too!! 

I have taken to cooking in the mornings - that means we sit for dinner by 7pm which I find is the best time to eat. This gives us time to read, catch up on board games, and just relax with a mug of cacao or hot milk after. And a one pot meal is just perfect on such days. Now on to the recipe! I had a really big batch of mushrooms that I had picked up last weekend sitting in the refrigerator. I split the batch in half. With one half I made a delicious curry, recipe to come up soon, and with the other I made this super yummy Pulao. For a treat, enjoy with fresh yogurt or a curry of choice.

11/4 cup parboiled long grain rice
2 cups button mushrooms, chopped fine
1 small green pepper, chopped fine
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1/2 tsp cumin
Salt to taste
6 whole black peppercorns
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp cooking oil

  1. Heat oil in a large pan. Add the cumin and then the whole black peppercorns.
  2. Now add the onions and fry till they are transparent.
  3. Add the green peppers and fry till the begin to soften.
  4. Throw in the chopped mushrooms and continue frying on a medium high heat.
  5. Stir continuously and fry until all the water has left the mushrooms and the oil begins to separate from the vegetables.
  6. Wash and drain the rice, add to the fried mushroom mix with salt to taste.
  7. Stir in the pepper powder and fry for a minute.
  8. Pour in about 21/4 cups of water, bring the whole to a boil.
  9. Reduce heat to low, cover the rice and cook until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is fluffy.

Vegan Recipe

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