Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fish Pulav


Well.. October is definitely an Autumn month in my place, but last few days have been quite sunny and pleasant. My sandals and skirts haven't gone into my boxes yet fully, and keep hopping out now and then. I have no complaints about these warm days in Autumn, I'm just saying that weather is so unpredictable these days. Actually I was so thrilled to get back into my summer outfits last week and I had the luxury to enjoy the little summer pleasures like.. taking my daughter for a bike ride, having the windows rolled down in my car while driving, etc. etc. But, its all going to be over in a day or two. Chilly Autumn days are on their way back by the end of this week. But as I said before, I love Autumn too! Every season is special in its own way..

Over the weekend, I had the good luck to get some time to clean up my freezer. I recently realized that my freezer was getting crowded and that it definitely required some sorting, but didn't expect that I will do it right away. Sometimes, just a few minutes is all that is required to put things in order, But we don't realize that until we finish doing it. A pile of paper will soon become a tower of terror for me! Thats even more haunting! Now I've learnt that before even it terrifies me, I better fix it. Thats what forced me to attend to my freezer this weekend :) While cleaning up my freezer, I noticed that there were some Tuna Steaks waiting for my attention. I had bought them a couple of weeks before to make fish curry, but then last week I happened to taste an awesome fish curry from my good friend at her place! That will definitely keep me going for the next few weeks and so I dropped my plan for making fish curry at home. But yet I had to make something with this Tuna before it goes useless and here I am with this fish Pulav!

This is yet another spur of the moment dinner inspired purely by what I had in my freezer. Just a bunch of spices thrown together to make something edible. There are days when you need to improvise and be creative with what you have, but I also have to say that self-tried recipes, many times turn out perfectly to end up in trash. But I knew I cannot mess up with this one because fish can practically go with any spices and ofcourse rice! Yet another simple recipe that uses simple ingredients and can be done in a short time. So, here goes the recipe.. hope you all like it too...

Ingredients:
  • Cooked rice - 1 cup
  • Cooked and shredded Tuna - 1/2 cup
  • Onions - 3 tbsp (minced)
  • Minced ginger and garlic mixture - 1 tbsp
  • G.chillies - 2
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Corriander powder - tsp
  • Black pepper powder - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Curry leaves a few
  • Corriander leaves - a hand full
Procedure:
  • To cook the tuna, I leave it in microwave for 3 mins. Then shred it and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, season with cinnamon and cloves. Then add onions and g.chillies and fry for a few mins until onion turns to a golden brown color.
  • Add the chopped ginger and garlic and fry for a few mins.
  • Add curry leaves and corriander leaves and fry for a few more mins.
  • Add the shredded tuna, all spice powders and salt and fry in low heat for about 5 mins. I cover for 2 mins and cook so that the raw smell from fish goes away.
  • Then add the cooked rice, mix gently in low heat.
  • Cover for a few more mins and mix well once more.
Yummy fish pulav is ready. Serve with Raita.

25 comments:

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Wow... I was really looking for this recipe. Looks so good. Will try ur version. YUM! Nice bowl

Rachel said...

I make fish biriyani...but have never tried a pulav with tuna shreds...good one

Sireesha said...

Though I am vegetarian drooling over ur pics..

Illatharasi said...

Never tried fish biryani at home ... looks cool, will try!

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Laavanya said...

That picture looks like egg fried rice to me :)

Happy cook said...

This looks so yumm; even though i have never had fish ppulao.
My summer clothed are back in the box :-)

Sujatha said...

Laavanya, when I finished making it, I had the same feeling that it appears a lot to be like egg fried rice! :)

If you want to add a nice color to it, you can shallow fry the cooked fish in oil until it turns brown and then add it to the rice.. Ofcourse, I didn't have that patience as I just made it at the spur of the moment :) May be I'll try it next time..

Indranee said...

Fish pulao is a wonderful recipe Sujatha...thanks a lot for sharing this one!

Sagari said...

yummy pulao sujatha

srikars kitchen said...

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Cham said...

Fish pulaov is something new, looks yummy the bowl!

Cilantro said...

I have`nt tried tuna in Pulav, Looks good.Will try your version.

Priti said...

Fish Pulav...now that's really nice..looks wonderful...

Sangeeth said...

looks good but i dont eat fish..may b i can substitute some veg instead....will it work?

Sujatha said...

Sangeeth, you can absolutely try with veggies.. french beans, peas, carrots etc.. It will very much taste like a veg fried rice..

Bhawana said...

though m vegetarian but must say pulao looks very tasty :).

raaji said...

Fish is sth i always love to eat in whatever dish it is.....lovely .....
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Suma Rajesh said...

really looks nice...shredded fish is interesting....i add the cutted cube piece..

n33ma said...

This is very nice......getting creative with what we have.Looks splendid.

Shama Nagarajan said...

hai i love fish.........never tried this.........will try this definetly........hv added u to my list

Kayal said...

Really this is a different, atleast havent heard of it till now....will give a try once...
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Ravisankar said...

Hi,
I use to make pulav,biriyani using basmati rice. Some times (very rare) i get it cooked properly like thin and long. But most of the times it gets puffed up little bit .As soon as the rice started absorbing water, it get bulged out. But gets long thats fine. But i need it thin like a professional way. Do you've some suggestions.

Sujatha said...

Hi Ravishankar, Welcome to my blog! Sorry I just saw your comment on this post.. To make it thin.. I usually soak the basmati rice in water for atleast 15 mins before cooking.. Then add atleast 1/2 cup less water than usual, for cooking the rice.. Since the rice is already soaked and soft it would not require that much water.

I don't use pressure cooker for cooking pulav or briyani.. I either use electric rice cooker or just cook it in a large pan.. Either way, I turn off the heat atleast 5 mins earlier and would let it cook in the covered steam for a few mins.. This way it doesn't get overcooked..

Hope you find this information useful.. Enjoy!