Microwave Spicy Pulao

Winter makes me crave for something hot and spicy.Though I usually prefer milder stuffs,the cold climate does change my preferences.But the thought of stepping into the kitchen is so miserable that the only thing that cheers me up to cook a quick meal in the beloved microwave.

One noon,when I was in need of a 'spice fix', I looked around and found this spicy pulao in tarla's website and it tempted me to prepare it immediately. I used the regular rice, but Basmati rice will give a better visual appeal.

I paired it up with another easy breezy side dish- Aloo Raita .
Here is the recipe...

1.Wash and soak 1 cup rice for 15 minutes

2.Meanwhile,grind 4 red chillies, 1" piece ginger, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon cumin-coriander power with a little water.Melt 1 teaspoon ghee [microwave for 30 seconds] and put in the ground paste.Microwave for 1 minute.

3.Drain the rice and add to the the bowl with the spicy paste.Add 1 cup peas[I used frozen],1/2 a cup chopped carrot,1 tablespoon thick curd,salt.

4.Add 2 cups water and mix well.

Microwave covered for 12 minutes or till the rice is done.Stir gently a couple of times in between.

It is good on its own, but you can also serve it with a raita or yogurt / pappad or chips

This goes to Srivalli's 365 days of MW cooking , Indrani's MEC-Combo meal, also started by Srivalli

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Bon Appetit...

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