When I was so young, I read a recipe from a famous magazine. I still remember the name of the recipe "Groundnut Rasagulla". I tried it out and it turned out to be a super duper flop. From that time i made a decision that i should never try recipes from magazines. Last time when my MIL came here, she brought the magazine Aval Vikatan. They give a small recipe booklet along with that. I was just flipping the pages and I found this recipe. It appeared so easy, hence I thought I can give a try (To test whether the magazine recipes are really worth trying at least now ;)). Tried it out and it turned out so well. So some magazines gives the true recipes too ;)
Basmati Rice-2 cups
Vegetables minced- 2 cups (I added carrot, beans, potato, cauliflower, green peas, mushroom and paneer)
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Curd - 1/2 Cup
Coconut Milk - 1 cup
Onion - 1 minced
Tomato - 1 minced
Green Chillies - 2 diced
Mint leaves - 1 handful
Cardamom - 2
Clove - 2
Cinnamon - 2
Red Chillies - 8
Green Chillies - 4
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 10 pods
Fennel - 1 tsp
Cashew - 10
Grind together all the items mentioned to grind, to a smooth paste.
Soak the basmati rice for 15 mins
In the kada, add the ghee and add a bay leaf and other spices like cinnamon and clove.
Add the onion and saute well till they become translucent. Then add the chillies and tomato.
Now add the ground masala and saute well, till the raw smell goes off.
Now add the vegetables and mix well.
Add the rice and rest of the items and mix well. Transfer the contents to a rice cooker and add the required water(1 1/2 cup is enough as water is already there in coconut milk and curd).
Once the rice is cooked well, garnish it with mint leaves and serve hot with onion raitha.