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Monday, August 5, 2013

Misti pulao...Bengali style sweet pulao


Misti Pulao is a traditional Bengali rice dish. The word 'Misti' in Bengali means sweet, so it is essentially a rice preparation that tastes sweet. This is also referred as Holud Pulao or Basanti Pulao, as both holud and basanti stands for the color yellow. So if I need to translate Misti Pulao I would prefer to say yellow-colored, fragrant, mildly sweet signature Bengali rice dish. Huh that's I call 'lost in translation'!!!!

I remember my mother used to make this for any special occasion at home. Before the invasion of Chinese food, Dhaba food and Pizza etc, this pulao used to be a must for any parties. I make it often at home, specially for our Sunday lunch, to go with the mutton curry. Mutton curry and Misti Pulao must have been bestowed by the Food God, a pair made in heaven. If you haven't tasted it yet, you are surely missing something.

Like other traditional Bengali dishes I learnt this too from my mother. For me, she makes the best Misti pulao on Earth. This pulao needs some special ingredients, first the rice, it has to be Gobindobhog (a fragrant rice cultivated in West Bengal (India), Bangladesh), and saffron for the unique flavor. But it is difficult to get Gobindobhog rice outside West Bengal, either you can try Kalazira rice from Bangladeshi store or just go with Basmati rice. I have seen my mother using as little saffron as possible to the dish, as saffron is the most costly spice in the world. Sometimes I have seen her not using any saffron, she used to smear the rice with turmeric powder to get that beautiful yellow color. Mothers know how to make a meal cost-effective. The another must thing for this dish is ghee or clarified butter. The rice needs to be cooked in ghee, or else you won't get that flavor and taste. According to my mother, you can skip the saffron but not the ghee.


The misti pulao goes best with spicy mutton curry. For mutton curry recipes check these links,

And here is how to make Misti Pulao...

Things needed to make Misti Pulao:

  • Rice: 1 cup
  • Water: 2 cups
  • Cashew nuts: 1/4 cup
  • Raisins: 1/4 cup
  • Ginger (grated): 1 tsp
  • Bay leaves: 1-2
  • Shahjeera / black cumin: 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon: 1 stick
  • Green cardamom: 3
  • Cloves: 6-7
  • Nutmeg powder: 1/8 tsp
  • Saffron: a pinch
  • Milk: 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar: 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee /clarified ghee: 4 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder




Steps of making Misti Pulao:


1. Soak rice in water for 30 min. Wash and drain. To get a nice yellow color without using any food color smear the rice with turmeric powder. This is one little trick I have learnt from my mother.

2. Soak saffron in lukewarm milk, cover and keep aside.

3. In a deep pan, heat 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified ghee), fry cashew nuts ans raisins till they turn brown, keep aside. You can use oil along with ghee. But it is preferable to cook this rice with ghee only.

4. In the same pan add more ghee, as the ghee melts, add bay leaves, shahjeera, cinnamon, green cardamom, cloves, cook for 1 min. Add soaked rice, grated ginger and gently give a stir. Cook for 3-4 min. the rice needs to fried in ghee. Add milk-soaked saffron and cook over medium heat for 1-2 min. Add hot water to the rice. The water and rice ratio is 2:1. Add salt and sugar, mix gently, cover the pan. As the water starts to boil, keep the lid ajar and cook for 8-9 min. Switch off heat, sprinkle nutmeg powder and little more ghee, cover and let stand for 10-12 min. Serve hot with mutton curry.





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Bengali Misti Pulao
(Serves 3-4)
Ingredients:
Gobindobhog Rice: 1 cup
Water: 2 cups
Cashew nuts: 1/4 cup
Raisins: 1/4 cup
Ginger (grated): 1 tsp
Bay leaves: 1-2
Shahjeera / black cumin: 1 tsp
Cinnamon: 1 stick
Green cardamom: 3
Cloves: 6-7
Nutmeg powder: 1/8 tsp
Saffron: a pinch
Milk: 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Sugar: 2-3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Ghee /clarified ghee: 4 tbsp
Turmeric powder: 1 tsp

Procedure:
1. Soak rice for 30min, wash and drain.
2. In a pan heat ghee, fry cashew nuts and raisins, keep aside.
3. In the same pan, add more ghee, add bay leaves, whole garam masala, shajeera, grated ginger and rice, cook for 3-4min.
4. Add saffron (soaked in milk), salt and sugar, mix well. Add hot water, let it boil. Partially cover the pan cook for 8-9 min. Switch off heat
5. Sprinkle nutmeg powder, and ghee, cover and let stand for 10-12 min. Serve hot.

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12 comments:

  1. eita amar bhishon priyo...ki bhalo dekhte hoeche.

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  2. i am getting hooked to bengali dishes.this looks so awesome.lovely clicks.wow.

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  3. I love this puloa with a spicy curry, looks really good.

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  4. Your clicks tempts me to try this soon...

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  5. That sure makes me drool !! Wat a variety Bangali cuisine holds !!

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  6. wow...loved it...looking forward to the mutton curry recipe.

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    1. Sushmita, I already have so many mutton recipes on my blog. To go with this rice I also have mentioned two particular mutton dishes, please check the entire write up.

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  7. mishti pulau and mutton curry make for an irresistibly good combination, back home it is called kanika at times....scrumptious delicacy :-)

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  8. yummy...i had the same menu today for Nabami.
    Have a wonderful festive season

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  9. This is my first time on your blog Chitrangada! Such a lovely recipe. My Maa also adds a little holud and it turns out perfect. �� Thanks for refreshing my memories. I too make it now, especially on the husband's birthday.

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