Friday, July 26, 2013

Orange Pulao / Pilaf

This Pulao is delicious, sweet and sour in taste, made with fresh orange juice, orange rind / peel, Rice and mild spices!

About Orange Rinds:
You've probably never chomped into an orange without first peeling it, but it's not a bad idea.
There are two major types of oranges, Citrus Aurantium--or bitter orange--and Citrus Sinesis, which is also known as sweet orange. And the rinds of both contain high levels of vitamin C, which boosts your immune system and fights infection. Usually thrown away unused, orange rind has many uses. From adding a little zest in recipes, to providing you with common and uncommon vitamins, orange rinds are one of nature's little secrets.
P-synephrine is a naturally occurring alkaloid found primarily in the bitter orange rind and which helps the body to break down triglycerides. Sometimes taken in the form of bitter orange rind supplements, p-synephrine also promotes weight loss and fights depression.

  • 1 and 1/2 cup long grain Basmati Rice
  • 2 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • 8-10 broken cashew nuts
  • 3 cardamom pods (Ilaichi)
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon stick (Dalchini)
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Peel / Rind  Julienned
  • 3 cup fresh Orange juice
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • sugar to taste
  • few saffron threads
  • 1/4 cup fresh oranges peeled (cut into pieces)

  1. Wash the rice and soak it for 10 minutes and keep aside.
  2. Next heat the oil or ghee in a pan, fry cashew nuts, take out in a plate and keep aside.
  3. Next add cardamom pods, cloves and cinnamon sticks and sauté it for a while.
  4. Then add soaked rice and sauté for few minutes.
  5. Now add Orange Juice, Peels of orange, salt, sugar, saffron and ground black pepper, mix well and pressure cook till the rice is cooked (2-3 whistles)
  6. Now add orange pieces and mix well.
  7. Garnish with fried cashew nuts and Serve hot.

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