Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Tiranga Pulao...Tricolor Pulao...!!

                                  Tiranga Pulao.....!!!!

Though our country, India gained independence on 15th August,1947 but before 1950 it was the colony of Britain. It was 26 th January, 1950 when indian people realized the actual sense of freedom from British Rule. 26 th January, Indian Constitution was officially enforced and India was declared as a sovereign ,secular and democratic nation. Dr Rajendra Prasad took the solemn oath as the first president of Independent India. 

The main Republic Day Celebration is held in the National Capital.,Delhi , at the Rajpath before the President Of India. Ceremonious parades take place, on this day which are performed as a tribute to India.

But now the question is , are we using our freedom in a right way nowadays? Are we, the common people staying safely in this country? I know, this is a food blog and I shouldn't go through all these controversial topics but I think even when are celebrating our 63rd anniversary of Indian Constitution we are still not independent in the actual sense.

Anyway, my daughter is only 4 years old and she only knows the colours of our National Flag and nothing else .I know at this age I can't make her understand what republic day means but just to help her to remember the day I made this Tiranga Pulao, specially for her, which in one hand would be nutritious, very interesting to look and on the other hand would help her to remember the date,26 th January, when mommy prepared this for her only.Though the basic idea was not mine. I saw it somewhere before but I made this completely in my own way.

It's a very simple yet delicious recipe.I would suggest ,try this on a very special day at your home and surprise your beloved ones.

Here is the recipe:


  • Long Grain Basmati Rice:2 cups
  • Water:3 cups
  • Ghee:3-4 Table Spoon
  • Dry Fruits: Handful.
  • French Beans: Chopped(1/2 cups)
  • Garam Masala Powder: 3 tsp
  • Powdered Sugar:1/2 cup(you may use normal sugar too)
  • Salt:As per your taste
  • Whole Garam Masala:3 Cinnamon Sticks,8-10 cloves,3-4 Cardamons
  • 1/2 cups of frozen peas:Make a paste
  • 1/2 cups of shredded carrots:Make a paste.



  • Take the rice in a large microwave oven safe bowl,add 2-3 cups of water, two table spoon of oil,1/2 tsp of garam masala powder.
  • Put it inside the microwave oven and heat it on full power upto 20 mins.
  • It will boil the rice 70% .
  • Remove the rice from the microwave and drain the excess water using a large stariner and now spread the rice over a flat large plate and let it dry for some time.
  • One thing I must mention here that,to save time I used to make rice for polao in microwave,you easily make it in the normal way using gas oven.
  • Now using a mixer grinder make a paste of the peas and keep it aside.Dont use much water for making the paste.
  • In the similar way,make a paste of the carrot.
  • Now divide your rice in three equal parts.
  • It will be best if you can use three different pans or kadai for the preparation.
  • In the first Kadai,add little ghee ,1/3 rd of the dry fruits(Raisin,Cashews),and 1/2 of the whole garam masala and saute it 2 minutes.
  • When the aroma comes out add 2-3 table spoon of your carrot paste and mix very well.
  • When the carrot paste becomes little dry add 1/3 rd of the rice.
  • Stir it very carefully so that the grains of the rice ramain intact.
  • You will see that the Rice grains soon take the colour of the carrot and will be of saffron colour or orange color.
  • Now add little salt and sugar and taste to adjust.
  • Sprinlkle little garam masala powder on it and give quick stir carefully and keep it aside .
  • This is will make the saffron part of the tricolor polao.

  • Now in the same pan or in a different pan,add little ghee,the whole garam masala and the dr fruits again and in the same way,after the aroma comes out add the peas paste.
  • When the peas paste becomes little dry,add another portion of rice.
  • Carefully stir it and soon the greenish grains of rice you will be able to see.
  • Adjust sugar and salt.
  • Sprinkle garam masala powder.
  • In this way ,the green portion is also ready and keep it aside,

  • Now it's time for the white rice.
  • In the same way,in the same pan or in a different pan add little ghee,whole garam masala and the dry fruits.
  • Afetr the aroma comes out add the french beans and fry it little.
  • Now add the last portion of the rice.
  • Stir it carefully for few minutes.
  • Add little salt and sugar and adjust the sweetness and saltiness.
  • Add the garam masala powder.
  • Now the white rice is also ready and keep it aside.

  • Now it's time to serve the rice.
  • Take a clean and dry bowl.
  • Add some amount of Saffron rice in it and to make the first layer press it little with a spoon.
  • Now to make the second layer add the white rice,almost in the same amount and press it again.
  • For the third layer add the peas rice and press it little.
  • Now invert the bowl in the serving plate.
  • Or it can be served in a flag shaped form,as I have shown in picture.
  • The Pulao is simply delicious.
  • Serve it with your favorite curry or salad.

                                           Enjoy Your Food....!!!

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