Kashmiri pulao

Kashmiri pulao, as the name suggests, is a rice dish from Kashmir. The cuisine was influenced by the Mughals and is famous for using nuts and dried fruits from Central and Western Asia.

Kashmiri pulao can be slightly sweet and has a glorious texture. The amount and type of the nuts and fruit used will decide just how sweet the dish is.

Our favourite fruits are dried mango, dried papaya and raisins. I have made this dish using fresh fruit – apple and pineapple, finely diced and added when you add the dried fruit. This was a wonderful variation. In fact, using fresh fruit and dried fruit is pretty good too, but be careful not to complicate the dish. Part of its charm is its subtlety.

Note that I have specifically called out dried figs and do not include them in the generic dried fruit. The figs are an important part of the taste – do not leave them out.

Don’t stint on the saffron, but don’t overdo it. Too much saffron can ruin a dish with an overpowering medicinal taste.

kashmiri pulao recipe

preparation: 5 minutes
cook: 25 minutes
soak: 30 minutes
total: 1 hour
yield: 4 servings
calories: 570 kcal
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ingredients

to serve

  • 1 lemon - juiced
  • 1 tbsp almonds - flaked

instructions

  • Wash the rice in several changes of water until excess starch has gone. Cover rice with cold water and soak for 30 minutes.
  • Warm milk, add the saffron threads and set aside to steep.
  • Heat oil in a large frypan on medium heat. Add the cumin seeds, cassia, cloves, cardamom and bay leaf. Cook for 30 seconds, or until spices sizzle.
  • Reduce the heat, then add the onion and sprinkle with the salt. Fry for ten minutes until soft and coloured.
  • Add almonds, cashews and dried fruit. Stir and fry for three minutes.
  • Drain the rice and add it to the pan. Stir well to coat each grain with spiced oil.
  • Add 700ml of water, the saffron-infused milk, the dried figs and salt. Bring to the boil, mix well, then reduce heat to very low. Cover, and cook for fifteen minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Remove from heat, add the pistachios and pomegranate seeds then fluff the rice with a fork. Cover the pan with a tea towel and replace the lid. Allow it to stand for another five minutes.

to serve

  • Gently stir through the lemon juice, sprinkle with the almonds, and serve.

notes

  • 300g of uncooked rice is approximately one and a half metric cups.

nutrition

Serving: 200g | Calories: 570kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 312mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 3mg

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