To soak in water
Basmati rice – 1cup
Water – 1.5 – 1.75 cups
To saute in oil
Cooking oil + ghee – 2tbsp + 2tsp
Bay leaf – 1no
Vegetables – 3/4 cup (carrot-1no,beans-8nos,peas-1/4cup,potato – 1no)
Big onion – 2 nos (medium sized)
Red chilli powder – 1/2 – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Big onion – 1/4 no(use only quarter piece)
Green chillies – 3- 4 nos (small finger size)
Mint leaves – 10 nos
Fennel seeds – 3/4 tsp
Cinnamon – 1 small piece
Clove -2 nos
Cardamom – 1 no
Ginger – 1 inch piece
Garlic – 5-6 pods(small)
Cashews – 2 nos (optional)
1.Wash and soak the basmati rice for at least 30-45 minutes.Else u have to add 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice.Chop all the vegetables and onions(finely) & grind the masala.Keep it ready.
2.In a pressure cooker or rice cooker base,heat oil+ghee and add the bay leaf,star anise and kalpasi.Then add the onions,saute for a minute or two.Now add the ground masala paste.Wash the jar with very little water and add it.Saute well in medium flame till u get a nice aroma(People sitting in living room will definitely come to ur kitchen by the aroma;))
3.Add turmeric and red chilli powder.Saute for a minute.Lastly add the vegetables and required salt.Mix well.Drain the water from the soaked rice and add it.Mix well for a minute.
4.Lastly add 1.5-1.75 cups of water(depending on the brand) and a tsp of ghee and pressure cook in low flame till one whistle or 10-12 minutes.
5.Remove,mix with a fork like ladle.
Serve hot with any raita.I served with mixed vegetable raita.