Thursday, 28 February 2013

Brown Rice Peas Pulao

      I cooked Brown Rice Peas Pulao a couple of weeks ago and made it couple of times now with simple variations every time. It is simple and its quick to make, if you make it in cooker. I made this early morning as I had to carry it in my lunch box for work. I prefer home cooked food.
     Brown rice healthy to eat, is back in fashion again! In the past, brown rice was associated with poverty food or rural food. Everyone love polished white rice and they ate it with style. To make white rice, the husk, bran layer and germ of the rice seed are removed, leaving only starch. Brown rice is full of fibres and nutrients. So when people started changing their views towards food and moved to health food, brown rice came back with a bang!
    Now this does not mean I do not eat white rice, I do but occasionally I prefer eating brown rice over white rice. This dish is especially for people who want to carry something filling and healthy for work or may be have less time to cook their lunch or dinner.

Brown Rice Peas Pulao in my lunch box


1 cup Brown rice
1/2 cup Peas (frozen or fresh)
1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder (ready made)
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon Jeera powder (cumin powder)
1/2 teaspoon Dhania powder (coriander powder)
1-2 tablespoon Ghee or butter
Salt to taste

           I would suggest to use pressure cooker/ slow cooker, as the brown rice takes lot of time to cook if you decide to boil it. In the cooker add 2 1/2 cups of water and add rest of the ingredients. Yes! cook all the ingredients together. Close the lid and cook till the rice is done. You can have it with curd/yogurt (optional).
         When you add the butter or ghee while cooking it give rice very rich and creamy buttery flavor and texture. But when you add ghee on the cooked rice it just coats the grains. This pulao has very nutty flavor and is little chewy because of brown rice and has also creamy buttery flavor.
        Now you may think if we are eating healthy brown rice why add ghee or butter (Fats). Answer to that confusion is that our body needs healthy and essential fats for normal functioning of the brain and other parts of the body. So ghee improves digestive and immunity system, cartilage and joint lubricator and very good for heart. Whatever you eat, eat in proportion.

I will soon be posting variations to this pulao recipe. If you have any ideas of you own, which you have tried and loved it, please share with me.


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