VEGETABLE PILAF or Pulao as we call it in the South of India 

This is a fail proof recipe.  You can alter the flavour by substituting the vegies with chicken or prawns.  A quick and easy dinner for children.

(note:  Ingredients in bold).  1 cup  or raw rice makes 2 generous portions.  Adjust this recipe accordingly.

SAUTE:  Heat a heavy based pot, then add 4 tablespoons ghee/oil and 1 large chopped onion; fry till golden brown.  Add 2 cups (washed) Basmati rice, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, a cinnamon quill about 3 cms long, 6 cardamom pods and 4 clove buds.   Fry the rice and spices till the water dries (you will find the rice sticking to the pan) 
SIMMER:  Add 3 ½ cups freshly boiled hot water (slightly less than double the rice), 1 cup of mixed vegetables (cauliflower, peas, carrots, red peppers) and 2 teaspoons veggie salt.  Turn up the heat and bring the water to a rolling boil.  Cover and reduce the heat to a minimum.  Simmer for 10 minutes; when the timer goes rings turn off the heat.
SERVE:   Leave to sit for 10 minutes – DO NOT OPEN THE DISH TILL READY TO SERVE.

When ready to serve, garnish with 2 chopped tablespoons of fresh coriander, 2 tablespoons sultanas and 2 tablespoons cashews.   Serve with raita.