Soya and vegetable pulao

Posted on June 24, 2009. Filed under: Baby and toddler food, Chawal/rice/pulao/biryani, Foods on the go, INFANCY - ten to twelve months | Tags: , , |

A vegetarian diet is deficient in vitamin B12 and soya is the only vegetarian food source that is rich in this vitamin. This nourishing pulao has a lot of flavours that will probably be new to your baby. Serve it with curds or dal to mellow down the flavours so that she can adjust to these new additions to her meals.

Preparation Time : 5 mins.
Cooking Time : 15 mins.

Makes 11/2 cups.

Ingredients
1/4 cup rice, washed
1/4 cup soya granules
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
a pinch asafoetida (hing)
1 small stick cinnamon (dalchini)
1 green cardamom (elaichi)
1/4 cup onions, chopped
1/4 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup green peas
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
1 teaspoon coriandercumin seed (dhania-jeera) powder
1 teaspoon ghee
salt to taste
For the garnish
1 tablespoon chopped coriander
Method
1. Boil the soya granules in 1 cup of water till they are soft. Keep aside.
2. Heat the ghee in a pan and add the cumin seeds, cinnamon and cardamom. When the cumin seeds crackle, add the asafoetida and onions and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add the carrots, peas, rice and soya granules and sauté for another 2 minutes.
4. Add the turmeric powder, coriander-cumin seed powder and salt and mix well.
5. Add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Mix well.
6. Garnish with the coriander. Serve lukewarm with curds or raita.
Tips
If the soya granules are hard to find, use 4 to 5 soya nuggets. Boil them first and then chop them finely.
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