It had been just two days we moved in, our new home was in a mess, total chaos. Our baby had still not settled in the new home. My husband was too excited to invite our nearest and dearest ones to our we decided to invite my lil sis Ipshita, her husband Varun, my aunt Nisha, my uncle Sanjay and my cousin Vihan but my husband had one condition that I do not cook anything, he decided to order from out.

He acted as the kitchen police…that’s what I named him that day…he just would not let me go into the kitchen, he insisted that I take a nap if I had time, cause according to him sleep deprived me , becomes a horrible, cranky, irritated, not in mood wife…come on it’s about me I am talking about,  that may be a bit of  an exaggeration 😉

I am blessed that I have help at home ( yes in India we are lucky ) so It was just a 15 minute job. I just could not let him  order everything from outside, I decided to make this pulav. As soon as he went for the factory, (our factory is working on Sundays as well :-() being an absolute disobedient wife exactly opposite to what an Indian good wife is suppose to be who listens to her husband no matter what,  I started cooking. Everything was prepared for me in advance by my two helpers, maharaj ( my cook) whom I call my right hand and Meenaxi who is my left hand. They prepared what I told them to and left for the day…an empty kitchen,  sleeping baby, I was happily cooking this pulav….



My cook before leaving asked me if I needed to add the potatoes as I had forgotten them. It was 12.00 noon and on sunday he leaves at this time.  I told him to leave and that I would cut the potatoes and add them when I start cooking.  This cook of ours is more like my boss, he strongly insisted and told me, don’t forget the potatoes, I told him to chill and go, enjoy his holiday…

when I finished cooking the pulav, I had a feeling that something was missing then I realised, I  had forgot to add the potatoes!..the taste was good, only thing being the perfectionist…I felt it was incomplete with out the potatoes.

I was really happy that I made it…everyone loved it, my uncle Sanjay took so many extra helpings. My sister asked for this recipe and requested me to put this recipe up…thus here it is…


Recipe of vegetables pulav

(serves 4)

1 and 1/2 cup basmati rice

1/2 carrot cut julian

1 potato cut julian

1 big onion cut julian

1/2 cup French beans cut into long 2 inch pieces

1/2 capsicum cut julian

1/2 cauliflower florets

1/2 cup cabbage cut julian

1/2 cup peas

1 bay leaf

1 inch cinnamon stick

4-5 cloves

3-4 peppercorns slightly crushed

3 tbsp oil for cooking

2-3 tsp garam masala

2-3 red chilli powder

2 tsp turmeric

salt to taste


Method :

Cook the rice and keep it aside.

in a non stick pan Hearst the oil, add the onions cook them till they are brown. Add the bay leaves, clove, cinnamon, peppercorns and cook for a minute. Add all the vegetables along with all spices. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked. Remove from the heat, mix all the vegetables with the rice. Now put the rice on the flames and hear it for 2-3 minutes so everything is mixed well with the heat. Remove and serve. Tastes best with curd or riata.

P.s. This recipes is my baby’s midwife ushaben’s. She once made this pulav for us. Inspite of following her exact recipe, I still can’t match her awesome taste…

18 thoughts on “FIRST DINNER INVITE

  1. Hello Natasha ,wonderful blog,l like to cook specially on my day of Saturday.l will try your recipes.Thank you for following my blog.Looking forward to read your new posts.Best wishes.Jal

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