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Saturday, 28 April 2018

Aloo Chutney Pulao

Aloo chutney pulao is a flavorful one pot meal where rice is cooked with baby potatoes and Green Chutney. The spicy coriander and mint chutney adds both taste and an appealing color to the rice dish while whole spices give a nice aroma . Aloo chutney pulao is a typical rice dish from Indian state of Haryana. This filling rice dish with a simple and easy to follow recipe can be served at lunch with some raita or plain curd. Goes well in lunch box too ! It is a best option when you are short of veggies in your kitchen pantry and also on those lazy summer afternoons where you are no where in a mood to cook elaborate meals.

Haryanvi Cuisine is simple and flavorful. The food here is wholesome and uncomplicated or fuss free. Rightly called as the 'Land of Rotis' people in Haryana are fond of eating different kinds of rotis. Wheat and Bajra roti being common. There is also abundance of milk and milk products in the Haryanvi Cuisine. People make butter and ghee at home and use it liberally in their daily diet.

Haryanvi Cuisine is the theme for the month of April on the Shhhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge facebook group and i am paired with Sasmita Sahoo who blogs at Firsttimercook. Do check out her blog for some wonderful recipes. She gave me two secret ingredients , green chilly and bay leaves and i made this flavorful aloo chutney pulao using these ingredients. In return i gave her besan (chickpea flour) and coriander powder and she made besan ki masala roti using it.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 3-4

Ingredients for Chutney:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2-3 green chilies
  • 1/2 inch ginger piece
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried pomegranate seeds (anardana) (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoon water

Ingredients for the Pulao:
  • 3/4 cup basmati or any long grain rice of your choice
  • 5-7 baby potatoes
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 2-3 black pepper corn
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 1/2 cup water

  1. Rinse the rice 2-3 times and soak it in clean water for 10-15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile we will make the green chutney. For that add all the ingredients under the list chutney in a grinder jar and adding little water make a fine paste from it. I did not have anardana at home so i added 1/4 teaspoon amchur powder (dried mango powder) instead.

3. Peel and wash the baby potatoes and prick them with fork. Add half of the green chutney to them in a bowl and marinate the potatoes until use. If you do not have baby potatoes. Use the regular potatoes and cut them in 4 pieces.

4. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Add the whole spices ( bay leaf , cloves, black pepper corn, cumin seeds , cinnamon and cardamom ) and let them sizzle and infuse their flavors in the ghee for few seconds.

5. Next add sliced onions and saute for 1-2 minutes. Now add the marinated potatoes and the remaining chutney and stir fry for another 1-2 minutes on low to medium flame.

6. Drain the rice and add it to the sauteed onions and potatoes and stir fry for another 1 minute. Add 1 1/2 cup water and do a taste test. Add salt if needed (we have added salt to the chutney, so add it in rice accordingly).

7. Put the lid on and pressure cook the rice for 2-3 whistles and put off the flame. Open the lid once all the pressure has escaped. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve with some curd or raita of your choice.

  8. I have served the aloo chutney pulao with Cucumber Raita

 Recipe Notes:
  • If you do not have anardana , you may replace it with amchur powder.
  • Do not add more water while making chutney. Also add only double the amount of water to rice quantity or else you would end up in a mushy and sticky rice.
  • The amount of green chilies can be adjusted as per taste.
  • If you do not have baby potatoes, you may use the regular potatoes and cut them into 4 pieces and use in the recipe.

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  1. After reading through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be book-mark and checking back often!

  2. The pulao looks so yummy and the potato looks so nicely cooked. Bookmarking this recipe.

  3. This looks amazing and you have cooked it perfectly Poonam. Every rice kernel stands out separately and that is the magic of a pulao. I have to make this soon, the chutney flavours, aloo and rice, all being my favourites and a good summer one pot meal option too.

    1. Thank you so much Vidya for your kind words. Do try it out..i am sure you would love it

  4. Wow , pulao looks super yummy. So delicious and very flavourful.lovelt share dear

  5. Poonam, this aloo chutney pulao looks so awesome! I made it recently too, and loved the burst of flavour that it was.

    1. Absolutely Priya..everyone in my house loved it to the core..thank you

  6. Poonam, love the colour of the pulao. It is a tempting one pot meal. Have to try it out for a lazy Sunday lunch.

    1. Do give it a try di..I am sure you will enjoy this one pot meal

  7. You make this look so easy peasy. love the way the colour stays on and looks tremendously delicious.

  8. Wow what an amazing texture.. Perfectly cooked and aromatic rice !

  9. Our traditional food are so simple yet so packed with flavour, not to mention filling. Loved your pics!

    1. Indeed Aruna..these dishes are simple yet comforting and delicious..thank you

  10. Aloo chutney pulao looks mouthwatering Poonam. So flavourful and delicious.

  11. The chutney looks good enough to have in a sandwich or as a dip, and in combination with the aloo, the aloo chutney pulav sounds utterly delicious. Love the simple directions too!

  12. What a flavourful and delicious looking chutney pulao, one pot meal are always my favourite!

  13. This aloo chutney pulao looks so delicious and it is on my to do list. Nice share.

    1. Do give it a try Jayashree..you will love it for sure !

  14. Aloo chutney pulao looks delicious, love that green colour..

  15. Looks like aloo chutney pulao is the star recipe of this Haryanvi cuisine.. Yours looks prefect with pretty green colour.

  16. same pinch...i have made the same thing for the challege and the taste was awesome and yours is beautifully plated and looks delicious too...lovely share for the challenge....yum

  17. Wow! Drooling over the pics. They tell a beautiful story n you need not read the recipe.wonderful

    1. Thank you so much di ..glad that you liked my post

  18. Nostalgic recipe bookmarking this pulao to prepare.. thanks for sharing a yummy recipe..

    1. Happy to know that you like the recipe.bdo givevitbsvtry Sujitha