My parents have been planning to visit this "Paradise On Earth" for ages. Every vacation, my father would with the excited look in the eye would longingly graze through the map, but the news seeping in through the Idiot's box would always spew in "terrorizing" words, abouts wars, about bloodshed whenever talking about Jammu and Kashmir. Its such a paradox to have gory war fare going on in one of the most beautiful, serene and wondorous place like Kashmir. My only wish is that my father's dream of visiting this place does not remain - just that! Lets keep our finger's crossed- shall we?
So while we are dreaming away about strolling Kashmir's sand, the next best thing we can do is sample its rich cuisine. While its not that kind to a vegetarian needs,more like non-vegetarian's turf, there are quite a few "not-so-famously" famous dishes and one among them is Kashmiri Pulao. Its funny how its not that popular in Kashmir while it is everywhere else! From what I have known, this rice compromises of 3 components - fragnant basmati rice sauted and cooked with cream and rich spices, various nuts drenched in Ghee and succulent fruits.
When the rice is almost done, add the nuts and chopped fruits and stir lightly until blended.
Serve, hot garnished with some fried onions. They are mostly standalone and dont need any side dishes to go with it. If needed, you can add some Raita to with it.
It looks so yummy.I don't have rose water. Is it compulsary for kashmiri pulao?
I made this on my birthday
Gave a surprise dinner party to my husband and to his friends, Everybody enjoyed the food a lot...
As usual, I got loads of appreciation from all, also some special gifts.
The Pulao was very different, little sweet and nutty taste. Thanks Dhivya for a wonderful recipe !
I have written milk and water if needed. You can add another cup of water if you want to. I mentioned that since I find certain variety of rice gets mushy if additional water is added. If your doesn't, go ahead and use additional water along with the milk :) --DK