Shahzeera Pulav or Shah jeera Pulao is an easy one pot meal made with spices and green chilies. This mild spiced pulao is a wonderful dish for lunch box.
Though the name says Shahzeera, the recipe calls for cumin seeds and cumin powder. I was little skeptical about packing just this without any side dish for Konda’s lunch box. This pulao was just fine on its own. Of course, though who want a side dish to pair can make some spicy gravy along with it.
However, my intention for this series was to find dishes that could just be packed on its own without needing any side dish. On that account this pulao meets the bill. The heat in this pulao comes from the green chilies and is quick to get done. I remembered the basic Shah Jeera Rice that I had made as part of my series on Introduction to Indian Cooking some years back.
For the initial few pulaos, I was using pressure cooker and it was getting tough to pack a dish that wasn’t clamped up. So I resorted to pan cooking and rice dish comes out very neat in this method too. With pressure cooking, the cooking gets done fast, however if you don’t wait for the pressure to fall down naturally, the rice is mushy by afternoon.
This Shahzeera Pulao was one of the best one pot meals I made for this series. The source I referred this tagged it as Hyderabadi Shahzeera Pulav and I couldn’t find the reasons behind it.
I chose to go with just Shahzeera for the letter S in the AtoZ Quick Under 30 Minutes, which is my theme in the Biryanis, Pulaos, Khichdis and Mixed Rices. If you want to read some elaborate Biryanis, check out what I have for S in Spice your Life!
A to Z Quick Under 30 Minutes Meals
A for Achari Chana Vegetable Pulao
B for Bhuga Chawara
C for Cholia Chawal
D for Dal Khichdi
E for Ellu Sadam
F for Fodnicha Bhaat
G for Green Garlic Pulao
H for Hare Chane Ka Pulav
I for Ivygourd Masala Rice
J for Jevarisi Chitranna
K for Kadam Bhog
L for Lilva Pulao
M for Methi Matar wara Chawaran
N for Neyichor
O for Oralu Chitranna
P for Pariba Khechudi
Q for Quinoa Biryani
R for Raw Mango Rice
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Shahzeera Pulav | Hyderabadi Shah zeera Pulao
1 Cup Basmatic Rice
4 to 5 nos Green Chillies sliced
Handful Mint Leaves
Handful Coriander Leaves
2 to 3 Cloves
5 to 6 Peppercorns
2 medium Bay leaves
1 inch Cinnamon
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
2 tsp Ghee
1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp of Cumin Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
Wash and soak the rice for 15 mins.
Heat a pan with ghee, temper with all whole spices.
Add slit green chilies, mint leaves, coriander leaves.
Next, add the ginger garlic paste, saute well.
Add the drained rice and combine well.
Now add the spice powders, salt and mix.
Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil
Cover with lid and cook till done.
Serve with a raitha or gravy.