Wash the rice multiple times until it runs clear. Soak for at least 15 minutes. This pre soak helps not only in cooking faster but also in consuming less water while cooking.
While that's soaking, prepare the vegetables and add them to a bowl. The choice of vegetables is upto you. You would need 1-1/2 cups worth. I have used a combination of carrots, sprouted dried peas, green beans (from garden).
Next add the grated coconut along with mint. You can grind the coconut into paste and then add it as well if you don't care for the texture. We don't mind hence I choose to use it as it is.
Add in the salt and the spices along with the coconut milk. Set aside.
In a 2L /3L pressure cooker, start layering beginning with first ghee, followed by
2 bay leaves,(less or more depending on the quality/size of your bay leaves), then
followed by the half of mixed vegetables,
then the soaked & drained Basmati rice,
topping that with the remaining mixed vegetables.
Sprinkle / add in 1 cup water.
Close the lid and cook on medium-high for 2 whistles. On a Gas Stove - High would be when the flame covers the base of the pressure cooker. Don't let the flames reach the sides of the cooker to avoid (rubber) handles melting!
The pressure would be built around 5 minute
mark with High flame
. The safety valve will stop jiggling and protrude after which the whistles will follow soon after. If it's not and/or it is but whistles are not coming, remove and check to see if the pressure is not leaking on the sides. Need to check your casket in that case. Switch off immediately if you smell burning and open the pressure cooker. Usually the smell starts a little before the food is really burnt and you might be able to save your dish. Hence it's important to make sure your equipment is in good working condition. My first whistle came around 8 minutes
. followed by the second one in 30 seconds. Check out What is OPOS?
and OPOS- FAQ
for more details.
Switch off and let the pressure settle on its own - around 10minutes.
This is how it looks upon opening.
Fluff the rice with a fork and to combine.