Sunday, 13 December 2015

Potato Pilaf {Aloo Waley Chawal)

Hey everyone!
I know its been a long time since I've posted anything here. We were busy moving to a different house. the last month and a half has been pretty hectic to say the least!
Between all the shifting, unpacking and organizing; I have started making cakes too. Check them out!!

So back to today's recipe.
Potato Pilaf ; or 'Alo waley Chawal' as we call it; was something that we used to have quite often when we were kids. I remember my mother making this for us and serving this with yogurt or pickles. So good!
But as we got older, this pilaf sort of went on the back burner, we stopped having it as often as we used to.
But this is an ultimate comfort food for me. 
Its really easy and so quick to make too!!

There are a lot of different ways to make it, I'm sure every Pakistani home has their own version, I'm sharing how I make it ! (a little twist to my mother's recipe)

This recipe is for 1 serving only (as I made it for myself only), you can multiply the recipe as per your requirement.

You'll need:
1/2 cup of Basmati Rice
1 Potato peeled and cut in cubes
1 small Onion, chopped
1-2 Green chilies
3-4 Curry Leaves
1/2 tsp of Red Chili Powder
Salt to taste
a pinch of Turmeric
1/4 tsp Cumin (Zeera)
1 small Tomato, chopped

Heat oil in a deep pan, Add onions, green chilies, curry leaves and cumin.
Cook till the onions are golden brown.

Add the spices with a little water to prevent burning. Stir for 10-12 seconds.

Add tomatoes and cook covered on low flame till the oil is released and the tomatoes are tender.

Add potatoes. Cook till the potatoes are half done.

now pour in water (double the amount of rice. I used 1/2 cup of rice, so I added 1 cup of water)

Check and adjust seasoning at this stage.

When the stock comes to a boil add your rice.

Cook on medium heat till almost all the water evaporates and the rice gets puffed up.
Then put on dam at very low flame for 10 minutes.

Take out and serve with Salad and Mint raita!