Wash and rinse rice in water 3-4 times. Soak it in 1 cup of water for around 20 minutes.
1 Cup Basmati Rice
While the rice are soaking prepare the vegetables. Thinly slice the onions and chop the tomatoes.
1 Large Onion, 1 Tomato
Also dice the potatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, carrots and beans. Take out the peas from the pods or use frozen ones. Make a paste of ginger, garlic and green chillies.
1 Large Potato, 1 Cup Cauliflower Florets, 1 Green Capsicum (Bell Pepper / Shimla Mirch), 1 Large Carrot (Gajar), 10-15 Green Beans, 1 Inch Piece of Ginger, 3-4 Garlic Cloves, 2 Green Chillies, 1/2 Cup Green Peas (Matar)
Heat ghee or oil in a pot or a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, green cardamom, black cardamom and black peppercorn.
1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera), 1 Bay Leaf (Tej Patta), 2 Green Cardamom (Hari Elaichi), 1 Black Cardamom (Badi Elaichi), 1 Inch Dalchini (Cinnamon Stick), 3-4 Cloves Laung (Cloves), 4-5 Black Peppercorn (Sabut Kali Mirch), 2 Tablespoons Cooking Oil
Then add the thinly sliced onions along with paste of ginger, garlic and green chillies.
Fry them till they are golden brown and crispy.
Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till the raw aroma of the tomatoes goes away.
Then add all the chopped vegetables, cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, french beans and peas.
Mix well and saute for 2-3 minutes. Then add cashews along with chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves.
10-12 Cashew Nuts (Kaju), 1/3 Cup Mint Leaves (Pudina), 1/3 Cup Coriander Leaves (Cilantro or Dhaniya)
Drain the soaked rice and add them to the pot.
Add 2.5 cups of water along salt.
2 Teaspoons Salt
Cover the pot with a lid and cook on low flame for around 10-15 minutes, till the water dries up and the rice are cooked.
Veg Pulao is ready. Serve it hot garnished with cilantro and mint leaves. You can serve any raita on the side.