I have told many times that I love all rice varieties such as pulao, biryani, fried rice etc. So I make different kinds of rice often by adding different flavours. I have already posted a version of Vegetable Pulao, which looks so white as there are no masala added. This is another version which is very flavourful and the secret behind it is addition of Fennel seeds. This gives the pulao a fresh feeling and a nice aroma. I have also added different veggies this time such as potato and bell pepper, which I usually don't add in pulao. You can add any type of veggies you prefer. As usual its a pressure cooker version and simple to make. Try adding fennel seeds if you haven't while making pulao, you will surely love it :)
1 cup Basmati Rice
1 Onion small chopped
1 cup mixed Vegetables ( Carrots, Capsicum, Potato)
Whole Spices : 1" pc Cinnamon, 2 Cloves, 2 Cardamom pods, 1 Star Anise
3/4 to 1 tsp Fennel seeds
1 tbsp Ghee
3/4 tsp Chilli powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Ginger- Garlic paste
1.5 cup Water
Kasoori methi (optional)
Wash the rice several times under cold water and soak in some water for 30 minutes.
Heat ghee in pressure cooker. Fry the Whole Spices as listed until it leaves a nice aroma.
Splutter the fennel seeds. Add onions and ginger-garlic paste, saute until they are transparent.
Now add the vegetable and fry for about 2-3 minutes. Add chilli powder, garam masala, turmeric powder , salt and mix.
Finally add rice and kasoori methi saute for a minute. Add water and give a stir. Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.
Serve hot with any raita or side dish.