The bandh culture in Bengal plays a significant role in its politics. It is a device used by the political parties to demonstrate their entity by disrupting the city’s normal life. It is irrelevant whether the point in question is crucial or petty, the political parties perceive a bandh as solution. Usually a state wide bandh is observed on a friday or a monday, to let the government and private sector employees enjoy an extended weekend. However, for a change this time it was a bandh on tuesday, the second working day of the week. Though the bandh was a flop with no deserted streets and city life being quite normal, I was on a holiday mood with a desire to have some easy-to-cook rice dish with mixed raita.
Vegetable Pulao is a simple, quick and nutritious rice preparation which I make pretty often at home. Serve it with raita and you have a complete meal.
Author: Arundhuti Rama
- Basmati Rice - 2 cups, boiled
- Onion - 1 large, finely chopped
- Capsicum - 1, finely chopped
- Carrots - 1/2 cup, finely chopped
- Beans - 1/2 cup, finely chopped
- Cinnamon - one 1 inch stick
- Cardamons - 4 nos.
- Cloves - 2 nos.
- Ghee - 2 tbsp.
- Salt as per taste
- Heat ghee is a pan. Add cinnamon, cardamoms and cloves. Sauté for a minute or so and add chopped onions. Sauté till they turn transparent.
- Add chopped capsicum, beans, carrots and salt. Sauté till they are done.
- Once the vegetables are done, add all the boiled rice to it. Adjust salt.
- Mix the vegetables and rice well and heat for some more time.
- Serve hot with raita.