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Wholesome Pulao or  Vegetable pulao is an all-time favorite to many especially the kids as it has no elaborate curries and rotis. It’s easy to carry, delicious and stomach filling. This is a dish that is healthy with all the right vitamins, nutrients and minerals. This dish is made with aromatic long grains cooked with mixed healthy vegetables and spices. It is an excellent dish that can be served during parties and events. This pulao is a fantastic dish, mildly spiced, rice cooked with a variety of vegetables that includes capsicum, carrot, spring onion, cabbage and French beans.

Rice, edible starchy grain. A cereal grain, Rice is a seed of grass species. Half of the world’s population subsists wholly or partially on rice.  White rice and Brown rice are world’s wide production. It plays major role in many dishes like biryani (with fish, meat, egg), fried rice, bread, soups, veg rice, curd rice, rice payasam and many more. South Indian meal is incomplete without rice. Rice supplies a large fraction of energy needs and forming an outstanding proportion of other nutrients diet.

Capsicum is another excellent vegetable that can be used in making vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Capsicum is a vegetable that comes in an exciting range of colors, like green, red and yellow. Known by many name like chili pepper, bell pepper, red or green pepper, this vegetable is used as spice, medicine and vegetable. Capsicums are cooked, grilled, baked, boiled and roasted. Though this veggie is available throughout the year, they are most abundant and tasty during the summer and early fall months. Some of dishes are made with capsicum are Mushroom & bell pepper fried rice, Capsicum & coconut curry, Capsicum chutney, capsicum sada masala, Capsicum masala sandwich dosa and may more..

Carrot is a commonly available vegetable that is used as part of many dishes like biryani, fried rice, noodles, soups, kormas, etc. It is usually orange in color. Carrots are crunchy, crispy and have a sweet, subtle and pleasant taste. They are come in many different colours - white, yellow, red, and purple. While the red ones seems to be more commonly found in North India, you can find the orange ones in the South of India. Carrots are used in vegetables, dal, salads and desserts. They're cooked with rice to give it a minty aroma and a whole lot of depth. Gorgeous red coloured carrots flood the market and are quickly bagged by those who enjoy seasonal cooking. It is an excellent vegetable eaten in salads or added to other vegetables and cooked. It is used in many dishes like Carrot Halwa, Carrot Payasam, Carrot Cauliflower Pickle, Carrot Nut Cake, Carrot Khoya Kajjikayalu, etc..

Spring onions, also known as scallions, green onions, salad onions or green shallots which is an immature onion with a white base and long green leaves. Spring onions are white onions harvested at a young age. They belong to the family of garlic, leeks, shallots and chives. Spring onion or Scallions generally eaten whole as salad. They can be used raw, cooked and is often used in Asian cooking. It is widely used in the southern part of India. In the Karnataka it is used extensively in snacks, salads, curries, rice varieties and chutneys. In Kerala it is used in Sambar (a tamarind-flavoured lentil soup) and different types of kuzhambu (curry). Spring onion is used in many dishes. Some of the dishes are Spring onion chicken, Hot tomato & Spring onion, Spring onion chutney, etc..

Cabbage belongs to the brassica family and is a kin to vegetables like cauliflower, brussel sprouts and broccoli. One can choose to cook from a range of variety including the popular savoy, the regular green ones, those with a sensational purple hue, the Chinese bokchoy and wombok, etc. Cabbage is cultivated all-round the year and is easily available. We can make many dishes with cabbage like Cabbage Kofta Curry, Cabbage Foogath, Cabbage Cashew Upma, Channa Cabbage, Cabbage Pakoda, Cabbage And Chickpea Kootu….

French beans are defined as the unripe fruits of any kind of beans especially common beans, the pods of which are known as string beans. French beans are smaller than common green beans and have a soft, velvety pod. Quite fleshy for their size, only tiny seeds inhabit these delicate pods. French beans are sweet, tender and wonderfully crispy. These beans are delicious. These beans are eaten around the world, and are marketed canned, frozen, and fresh. Green beans are often steamed, boiled, stir-fried, or baked in casseroles.  French beans generally grow as a bush, which grows twelve to twenty inches tall depending upon the variety you decide to grow. Recipes prepared with French beans are Stir fry French beans and carrot, Spicy pork with French beans, etc..

Cooking Tips:

  • Do not overcook the rice, it would spoil the texture of the pulao.

Health Tips:

  • Rice contains no gluten, which makes it one of the best non-allergic foods.
  • Rice contains a lot of carbohydrates that give our bodies the instant energy.
  • Carrot doesn't just sharpen your eyesight, but can also restore it. In fact, urban legend states that eating large quantities of carrot will allow one to see in the dark.
  • Carrots also improves the appearance of the skin, hair and nails.
  • When taken daily diet, carrot can lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • French beans are rich in iron, the nutrients found in hemoglobin which helps in giving energy to the body.
  • French beans also help in improving the immune system of the body as they are arich source of Vitamin C.
  • Capsicum contains Vitamins A and C, and beta-carotene which help in treating heart diseases, osteoarthritis, bronchial asthma, cataract
  • Capsicumincreases the metabolism by lowering triglycerides, which are stored fats in blood corpuscles. This helps in burning calories
  • Capsicum provide Folate, which supports the functioning of red blood cells and especially important for pregnant women because it helps prevent certain types of birth defects in unborn children.

Wholesome pulao is a unique and nutritious dish that goes well when served with any chicken, mutton or veg side dish or simply enjoy it with raita, pickle and papad.

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