Pulao is a signature item that my mom used to make for us during special occasions.Since we got it only occasionally we used to treasure every bit of it.My mom's pulao is the best i have eaten in my whole life.Here's the recipe.
Basmati rice-2 cups
Onions-2 nos sliced lengthwise
green beans & carrot-1 cup(diagonally chopped)
green peas-1/2 cup
cashews & raisins
croutons(bread cut in cubes and fried or baked)
coriander leaves-a bunch
mint leaves-a bunch
onion-small piece 1/4 piece
Soak the rice for 1 hr.In a vessel add a tsp of butter and stir fry the vegetables in a tbsp of the grounded masala and salt until they r half cooked.Keep it aside.In the same vessel add a tbsp of butter and the rest of the masala.Fry it till the raw smell goes.Then add the soaked rice and roast it with the masala until it is slightly brown.After its done pour this entire mixture into a rice cooker or pressure cooker.Add water,salt and all the vegetables except green peas and onions.If you are using rice cooker then it will switch off automatically ones all the water is absorbed so no worry about that.But if using pressure cooker keep in mind not to over cook just 1-2 whistles will do otherwise the rice will end up mashed.Fry cashews and raisins and keep aside.Ones the rice is done add the fried onions and peas on top.Garnish with cashews and raisins.For extra flavour add croutons on top.