April 25, 2013

How to cook rice for Briyani | Pulao | Fried Rice | Variety Rice


This week has been a quite one. Nothing big and interesting happened. We are planning a lot of things for the coming weekends. Hope it turns out be as exciting as planned. I have been planning for a long time to write a consolidated post on how to cook rice for Biryani, Fried Rice, Variety Rice and Pulao. Many friends of mine ask me about how I get the grains separate even when I cook for 20 - 25 people. It took a lot of trial and error methods to get it right. I normally use the Conventional Oven when I cook for large group. I comes out perfect.

I use the pressure cooker/rice cooker when I cook only for my family. You have really do some trial and error to understand your cooker. If you have an electric stove top then remove the pressure cooker from the oven once you turn off the flame, as it takes time to get cooled down. I have tried to consolidate all the tips if you have further questions please let me know.

How to cook rice for Biryani

Pressure Cooker Method

  • Wash and soak the Basmati Rice for about 15 - 20 minutes until it turns white. You can soak when the masala is getting cooked. 
  • Once the masala is well cooked and the Vegetables/Chicken/Mutton is 1/2 cooked. Add water, for 1 cup rice add 1 1/2 cups of water and allow it to boil. When it is boiling carefully add the rice. If you are using coconut milk count that too.
  • Slightly mix the rice make sure the rice grains do not break.
  •  Add 1 tsp of lemon juice, check for salt and close the pressure cooker lid. Cook for 7 - 10 minutes in medium high. 
  • My cooker takes only 7 minutes. Do some trial and to understand your cooker. 
  • Once the whistle releases, use a large fork and fluff the rice carefully. Serve Hot.

Conventional Oven Method

  • Wash and soak the Basmati Rice for about 15 - 20 minutes until it turns white. You can soak when the masala is getting cooked. 
  • Once the masala is well cooked add the Vegetables/Chicken/Mutton.
  • Preheat the oven in 450 degrees in bake mode. 
  • For 1 cup rice take 1 1/4 cup of water.
  • Place all the contents rice, masala, and water in a cooking tray, mix well; and cover it with aluminum foil tightly.
  • Place the pan in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove the foil , mix the contents well. If required sprinkle some water and cook for 20 - 25 minutes in closed state checking every 10 minutes.

Biryani Recipes

Mutton BiryaniChicken Biryani, Vegetable Biryani, Mushroom Biryani

How to cook rice for Variety Rice

Pressure Cooker / Rice Cooker Method


  • Cook the 1 cup rice with 1 1/2 cup of water when using pressure cooker and 1 3/4 cup water when using     rice cooker.
  • When you cook the rice using pressure cooker or rice cooker, add 2 - 3 drops of cooking oil so that the       rice does not become sticky.
  • Cool down the rice, fluff with a fork.
  • Prepare the seasoning for each type of variety rice and carefully add rice and mix.

  • Variety Rice Recipes

    Coconut Rice


    How to cook rice for Fried Rice

    Pressure Cooker / Rice Cooker Method


  • Cook the basmati rice with 1 tsp of cooking oil so that the grains are separate.
  • If using rice cooker or pressure cooker use 1:1 1/2 cup ratio.Cool the rice.
  • Saute the onions, vegetables according to the recipe , add the rice and carefully mix without breaking the       rice.
  • Cook in high flame to get that restaurant style fried rice.

  • Fried Rice Recipes

    Vegetable Rice, Egg Fried Rice

    How to cook rice for Pulao

    Pressure Cooker / Rice Cooker Method


  • Soak basmati rice for 10 minutes.
  • If using rice cooker or pressure cooker for 1 cup rice use 1 3/4 cup water. Sometimes I also use 2 cups      water for 1 cup rice when I cook for my kids lunch box.
  • Saute the onions, vegetables according to the recipe , add the rice and cook for 2 whistles in medium high    when using a pressure cooker.
  • For Rice Cooker cook the vegetables according to the recipe. Transfer the vegetable mix, add rice, water     and cook according to your rice cooker instructions.
  • Once the pressure is released fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot.

  • Pulao Recipes

    Peas Pulao, Beetroot Pulao

    Reactions:

    7 comments:

    great info on preparing different rice dishes..

    Cooking rice to the prefection is an art for me..Beautiful rice dishes.

    very helpful post.i never tried in conventional oven.

    wow thats a great tip here Shabitha..
    will try this way next.

    You are also living in Louisiana right? Which part of the State you are located?

    Regards
    Suji

    www.sujiscookbook.com

    very useful post, perfectly cooked rice in all recipes of urs!

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