5minutes to a pulav

This recipe comes directly from my mom. It’s an example of how simple and easy it can be, to cook a delicious dish in minutes. What’s more, the ingredients are thankfully minimal!

if you do try this recipe – hopefully today – please be sure to drop me a comment on this blog or msg or email.

The humble cooker is my mother’s best friend. We are rice eaters and till i got married, i did not even register the fact that rice could be cooked in anything except the cooker! It ensures speedy & definite cooking and every flavor is beautifully infused into the vegetable or rice. But using the cooker is optional.


This recipe serves 2

oil – 1 teaspoon
ghee – 1 teaspoon
ginger – 1 inch
whole black pepper – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon
onions – 2 sliced in length
tomatoes – 4 medium sliced in length (slightly thick)
rasam powder – 4 teaspoon (ajji mane rasam powder will usually have more fragerance and flavour here)
turmeric/haldi – 1/4th teaspoon
salt – 2 teaspoon or to taste
raw rice – 1 cup, soaked for 10 minutes if possible
water – 2 & 1/2 cups


1. in a cooker, fry ginger & ground pepper.
2. add onions and fry for 2 minutes.
3. add tomatoes & everything else (except water) & fry for 2 minutes.
4. Add water, cover the cooker & cook on medium heat till you hear the sweet sound of 2 whistles!


Don’t fry tomatoes separately, you need the juices.
Preparation time drops to 10mins if you add boiling hot water to cook

instead of all-water, you can add 1 cup of coconut milk (the kind you get in stores will do nicely) and 1 cup water. can you imagine how it adds to the wow! – factor 🙂


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