Thursday, 6 October 2016

Mishti Polao / Mitha Pulao /Bengali style Mitha Pulao

Bengali's most awaited festival is here! We eagerly wait for these few days of the year! Lot preparation goes on from past few months. We (ladies) plan months before what we are going to dress up and accordingly shopping starts. After clothes we go for shoes and followed by accessories. Few people plans for vacation as this time they get maximum number of holidays altogether.. However, I personally prefer not to go anywhere during durga puja...Along with all these the festival is incomplete without great food..

During durga puja we (Bengalis) prefer to have our traditional royal dishes including kasha mangsho, chanar dalna, dhokar dalna, polao, luchi, alur dom, rosogolla, makha sondesh, mishti doi and the list is endless..This year I am far away from my country and missing the flavour of durga puja. Though overseas Bengali association organize durga puja here and we have planned to visit those places. We are missing the puja flavour and so the traditionally cooked home food. Today I am sharing the famous mishti polao (Bengali style) or few people call it polao bhat. Misti/mishti polao is also served in Bengali marriages however these days people prefer to have fried rice instead of polao bhat. Learn how to make bengali style misti/mishti polao.



Different people cook misti pulao in different way. I have added french beans and carrot and did not add raisin, cashews (as per my family's choice). I did not have green peas hence could not add. The way of cooking also different. It can be cooked in a pressure cooker or in kadai. I have prepared the rice separately and later added veggies . This helps to keep the rice grains separated from each other. You can add ghee followed by spices and veggies and finally add the rice with water (just the right amount to cook the rice)and pulao will be ready within the pot. Similarly you can do it in the pressure cooker. However, I am sharing the process convenient for me and gives the best result.

Mishti Polao / Mitha Pulao /Bengali style Mitha Pulao
Ingredients
Basmati rice or  Gobindo Bhog chal (a type of fragrant rice) -  2 cup
French Beans - finely chopped, 3 tablespoon
Carrot - Finely sliced, 3 to 4 tablespoon
Peas - 1/4 cup, blanched
Ghee - 3 to 4 tablespoon
Salt to taste
Sugar -  4 tablespoon sugar
Cinnamon Stick - 1 inch
Bay leaf - 1
Cardamom - 3 to 4
Clove - 3 to 4
Raisins - 10 to 12
Cashew nuts - 10 to 12 (roasted)

Procedure
1. Soak the rice for 15 minutes and wash. Then cook the rice and drain the water. Avoid overcooking of the rice. Drain the water when rice is 75% done.
2. Spread the rice in plates to avoid getting overcooked and sticky in nature.
3. Now add ghee in a wok and add cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf and clove.
4. Next add vegetables (peas, beans, carrots) and saute for few minutes.
5. Add cooked rice and salt to taste. Add sugar and mix well.
6. Finally add raisins and cashew and serve it with any side dish (kasha mangsho/chicken kasha or paneer)

Tips: If you prefer you can dissolve pinch of saffron in milk and add it to rice to get a nice yellow tinge and fragrance of saffron.


18 comments:

  1. Delicious Pulao... I'm bookmarking to try this Bengali style pulao...!!

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  2. The pulao looks so good... the slight sweetness would be amazing with a spicy curry, it sounds like... :)

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  3. looks good..nice simple and easy recipe.

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  4. Easy to make & they are tempting me to make some right away :)

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  5. such a healthy and tempting pulao..

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  6. Looking healthy and very delicious…

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  7. Very nice. Never tried the sweet pulao.. adding it to my bookmarks.

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  8. This mitha pulao looks nice, we make it differently.

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  9. This looks super tempting. Delicious!! :)

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  10. polao n mangsho... little chatni... sunday loves... love it...

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  11. This pulav looks delicious and yummy. Love it :)

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