Pudina Vegetable Pulao (Mint Flavored Vegetable Pilaf)
Finger Hot is the commercial name for this asian-type pepper that is actually very similar to fresh cayenne and can be used in any recipe to add heat without changing the flavor. It is a good chile to chop and use in stir fry.
They are thin-walled and measure about 1/2″ wide and 5″ to 8″ long. These chiles also dry very nicely.
Basmati Rice – 1½ cups (soaked in water for at least ½ hr)
Potatoes – 2 small or 1 medium
Mixed vegetables (carrots, beans, peas) – ½ cup (I used frozen mixed vegetables)
Onion – 1 medium thinly sliced
Pudina (Mint) – ½ cup
Green chiles – 2-3
Chili powder – ½ tsp
Ginger-garlic paste – ½ tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste
Cinnamon – 1” stick
Cardamom – 2-3 pods
Bay leaf – 1
Cloves – 2-3
Make a paste of mint and green chilies adding very little water.
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in pressure cooker. Add all the spices and sauté for 1minute. Add onions and ginger-garlic paste fry till translucent.
Add all the veggies, mint-chile paste mix well. After the veggies sweat out for about 5 minutes, add rice, chili powder, garam masala, salt and water.
Pressure cook for 2 whistles. Serve hot with onion raita and chips.