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How To Make Kashmiri Pulao

By Shazia @diary_of_a_home
 Kashmir is famous for its picturesque landscape and delicious food. Kashmiri cooking is a work of art in itself, making use of distinctive spices and herbs like cardamom, saffron and cinnamon to create heavenly flavours.
The Kashmiri pulao is an example of one such dish. carefully crafted with aromatic spices and lots of dry fruit. When I first made it I thought it would take at least 2-3 hours of cooking but to my surprise it was fairly quick and easy to make.
I am planing to make this on Eid- ul-Adha because I think that there should be at least one vegetarian dish along with one dozen non-vegetarian dishes that we will be having.
The rice is cooked with spices water and saffron milk and then garnished with fresh and dry fruit. I have used only pomegranate seeds for the fresh fruit but you can use apples, grapes and even pineapple to adorn your rice.
As far as dry fruit is concerned I always get carried away and like to add as much as I can get my hands on. You can add raisins, walnuts, almonds or cashews whatever you like. The rice contains a little sugar so good news for those of you who like sweet and salty.



water1 liter

ghee or oil 4-5 tbsp 

onion1 medium

cinamon2-3 sticks

cardamom2-3 pods


mace1 tsp

fennel powder1 tsp

saffrona pinch

milk1/2 cup

raisins, cashews, pomegranate seeds, to taste

Fry the onions until golden brown, set aside and proceed with the rest of the cooking in the same oil.
How To Make Kashmiri Pulao

Heat oil add cinamon, cardamom, cloves followed by ginger and garlic.
How To Make Kashmiri Pulao

Cook for about two more minutes befor adding the soaked and drained rice, add the fennel powder and mace. Now pour over the water and leave to cook over medium heat till water evaporates and rice is tender.
How To Make Kashmiri Pulao

While the rice is cooking soak the saffron in milk, leave for a couple of minutes so that the rice releases its flavor in the milk.
How To Make Kashmiri Pulao

add to the rice and cook uncovered till the milk is totally absorbed into the rice.
How To Make Kashmiri Pulao

Add the pomagranate seeds, nuts and raisins also add in the onions and mix into the rice.
How To Make Kashmiri Pulao

I hope you like the recipe, have a nice day!
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Chicken is first cooked with yogurt and spices, the later is then layered with rice to create a scrumptiously delicious one pot dish.

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