Coming to the second group, I decided to do a 3 day of Microwave Cooking and 4 days of Condiments. Yes you guessed it right, if not like this I might never make any dish for my own events. I am celebrating 4th year anniversary of Microwave Easy Cooking. As I had said earlier, my aim for to create an event that will be helpful for working folks. Initially my thoughts were to have something to do with Lunch Box Recipes. But later based on reader’s choice, decided to have one with Microwave. I have my own Lunch Box recipes that I was posting every week for almost 3 years. I want to be regular in posting those, but starting a Microwave Easy Cooking Event, I never really realized the event will get into it’s 5th year!
Since I have a Microwave Convection Oven, most recipes come with a combination mode of cooking. But I wanted to concentrate on recipes that are done only microwave mode.
Tomato Pulao is a favorite at home and since I wanted to make some party dish, this naturally came to mind. I made this for Sunday lunch and none could recognize that it was completely made in microwave.
I also make Thakkali Sadam which is a favorite mixed rice variety.
Step by Step Picture Recipe
Add 2 tsp ghee, 1 tsp oil in a microwave safe bowl along with cumin seeds, javathri. Microwave for 2 mins.
Remove and add the ground spices, micro for 2 mins. the ground masala was very stiff, maybe 1 min is fine.
Remove add onions, green chiles and micro for 2 mins.
After 2 mins, it looks like this.
Added fresh peas
Microwave for 2 mins
Washed Rice that was soaked for 15 mins.
After mixing well.
Added tomato juice, added chili powder, turmeric pw
This is after 15 mins.
After 20 mins
After 25 mins,
Kept it covered for 5 mins
Served with Aloo Paneer Kofta curry, our Sunday lunch.
Basmati Rice – 2 & 1/2 cups
Tomatoes ripe and juicy – 5 medium
Onion – 1 big
Fresh Peas – 1 small cup
Green chillies – 4 nos
Bay leaf – 1
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Javathri / Javatri / Mace – 2
Turmeric powder a pinch
Red Chili powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Ghee – 2 tsp
Oil – 1 tsp
Spices to be ground
Garlic – 7 pods
Ginger – 3″
Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp
Cloves – 3
Cinnamon – 2 “
– Make about 1 & 1/2 tsp of paste.
How to make Tomato Pulao
Soak basmati rice for 15 mins. Drain and keep aside
Make a coarse paste of the spices to be ground. Puree the tomatoes and keep it aside.
In a microwave safe bowl, add ghee and oil. Add cumin seeds, javathri. Micro for 2 mins.
Then add onions julienne and slit the green chillies. Micro for 2 mins. Followed by the ground masala for 2 mins.
Once done, add fresh peas and micro for 2 mins.
Drain the rice and add to the bowl. Mix everything well. then add the tomato puree which is added to 4 glass of water. If you are using regular rice, you can use 1: 2 ratio, if you are using Basmati, then make it 1 & 1/2 cups. When you add tomato puree, the water measurement will increase, so take care.
Add chili powder and turmeric. Salt should be added in the last 10 mins of cooking.
Microwave for 20 mins.
Check after 10 mins is done, stir well and keep it back.
After 15 mins, remove, add salt and mix well. Micro again for the remaining time. If required you can microwave for 5 more mins.
Once done, keep it closed for 5 mins. This way the rice gets done well.