Thursday, June 16, 2011

Orange & Peas Pulao

Out of the many joys of being a food-blogger, there is no match for the culinary sound bites from friends n relatives ranging from mere ideas to full pledged recipes that are sure party rockers . One such lovely recipe is from my aunt who always gloats about this pulao being the star dish in all her at-home bashes !
I worked on her recipe a little by adding green peas as well as a few strands of saffron.This one-pot meal was very flavorful and had a lovely orange'y aroma wafting for a long time.
One thing that must be remembered is to add the orange peel at the very end , because if added while cooking the rice will carry a slightly bitter taste that may not appeal to all !


Do you know that these yummy citrus fruits is loaded with antioxidants that helps in slowing the ageing genes and enables us to stay young ??  


What's in this rice :-
  • Oranges - 2 to 3 - for 1 glass of orange juice
  • Green Peas - a fistful
  • Onion - 1 large - chopped 
  • Garlic - 3 to 4 pods - chopped
  • Cashewnuts - a few
  • Green chillis - 2  - halved & sliced - to taste
  • Saffron - a few strands - infused in milk
  • Rice - 1 cup - Basmati/or rice of your choice (I used Karnataka Ponni )
  • Butter/oil - 1 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coriander leaves - a few sprigs - chopped for garnish
  • Orange Peel - peel of about 1/2 of an orange - diced - for garnish
  • Orange wedges - as required - for garnish - optional
  • Water - as required

Here's how:-


Extract juice from the oranges and set aside. Soak the saffron strands in warm milk for some time. In a wok add butter and let the fennel seeds sizzle. Now add the green chillis & garlic pods and saute. Add the cashew nuts and stir till golden brown. Now add the chopped onions and let it turn a fine pink before adding the green peas.  Add the orange juice and water as required along with the saffron infused milk. Once it comes to a boil add the rice and season with salt. Cover and let it simmer till the rice is cooked. Remove the pan from flame , gently fluff the rice adding the orange peel as well as the coriander leaves and serve it hot with choice accompaniments.


This goes to Kalyani's My Mother's Kitchen , Savitha's Veggie/Fruit a Month : Orange event announcement by Priya as well as Kankana's Hearth & Soul Blog Hop : 52

Have you sent an entry to this event ??  Hearth and Soul Hop at Sunshine and Smile

30 comments:

  1. Mouth watering rice, wonderful flavors. Looks fantastic!

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  2. Simply appetizing, love the addition of orange juice and orange peel in them..

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  3. That's an intriguing flavor combo that looks totally delicious!

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  4. Lovely looking flavorful rice. Looks fantastic.

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  5. wow this is such a flavorful one.. awesome!!

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  6. That must b quite flavorful:-) Great combination!!

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  7. Just imagining the flavor Priya. awesome.

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  8. I have seen many TV Shows(western); they use Orange Juice and grated orange skin in many recipes as we use lemon..

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  9. Nice try and flavorful Rice.

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  10. Gr8 try with orange..love this flavorful n colourful rice!!

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  11. Very unique and flavourful rice Priya, i dont bother to have some rite now..

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  12. Delicious.Will try and let you know.

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  13. Sounds interesting dear..flavorful and yum rice

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  14. this is very much new to me..looks very tempting..you can send any innovative recipe for our "Quick and Easy recipe mela".Please find the rules at http://www.spicytasty.com/misc/quick-and-easy-recipe-mela/

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  15. this is such an innovative dish,who would have ever thought of orange puloa

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  16. Urange peas pulao! What a great combination.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  17. This sounds so interesting and different! I love oranges so I'm sure that it's refreshing, citrusy
    and delicious!
    US Masala

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  18. wow..this looks great..adding orange juice is new to me, will love to try this..

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  19. This is great recipe, I can't wait to try it.
    Thank You.

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  20. Different pulao! Interesting new combination!

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  21. Never thought of adding orange to rice and now I see this I wonder why not :) Thanks for sharing dear.
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  22. Sure different but sounds like a delicious one..love the orange flavor in it..

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  23. looks delicious dear..very tempting..love it..

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  24. That looks so innovative and yumm. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  25. Hello and thanks for linking this wonderful dish with the Hearth n Soul!

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