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Lima bean Pulao

Pawta Bhat is pretty popular 


Combination of fresh finely chopped dill along with preferably fresh baby Lima beans or young soya beans and aromatic short grain rice make a very delicious vegetarian pulao ! 

 Here I have combined these tastes of dil,  cilantro & beans together .

The  idea of throwing these ingredients together is inspired from my mom s Persian Masoor Pulao !

My Mom is a great culinary genius herself ! 

This mixed rice could be served as a vegetarian dish along with some yogurt and 

I must say that it goes very well non vegetarian food too as many Maratha would have it with a yummy lamb dish , I have made it for several guest dinners and it’s always been a great hit .

I like the rice to be covered with fresh grated coconut & plenty of cilantro and some  dill  as a garnish .

Also, I use 1/2 portions of Lima beans and rice. 

To me, cooking food is not an exact science. I usually start with having the main ingredients for a dish that I like to make but I tend to kind of add my own personal touches & many a time I stick to mom’s instructions given to me in my earlier  days .

However, if there is a bit of change to an original recipe sometimes,  it’s okie .


an Import note to mention - 

Many of us know that there may be many variations of a recipe. It depends which part of the country you are from, north or south or how your mom has taught you to cook.






Ingredients


•1 cup basmati rice , wash & soak 10 mins. 

•1 cup fresh peeled Lima Beans 

•2 peeled & cubed Potatoes 

•1 tsp Turmeric Powder 

•1 tsp Coriander Powder 

•1 tsp cumin powder 

•1tsp garam masala powder 

•1 bay leaf 

•1/2 cinnamon stick 

•2-4 black pepper corn 

•1-2 black cardamom 

•A pinch of Asafoetida (Hing) 

•To taste Salt 

•1 finely sliced  Onion 

2-3 tbsp oil /ghee 


green masala

4 tblsp fresh grated Coconut 

4 tblsp Coriander Leaves 

4 fresh green chillies 

3-4 cloves of garlic 

1/4 “ ginger 


to garnish

1/4 cup grated fresh coconut 

2 tbsp fresh cilantro 

2 tbsp fresh dil

2 tbsp lightly fried cashew nuts ( optional ) 

1tbsp ghee ( clarified butter) 


method :- 

How to make pavta bhat 


*  finely grind the green masala ( keep aside ) 

* in a pan add 1 tsp oil ,when hot add the asafoetida,   the beans, sauté , add I1 cup warm water & cook  till half cooked 

* Heat the oil in a pan and add the whole bay leaf ,pepper corn , cardamom sauté 

* add the sliced onions & sauté till onions become translucent.

* Now mix turmeric, chili powder, coriander, salt and potatoes, diced potatoes 

* add drained rice 

* add the drained beans & ground green masala 

* add the garam masala powder & sauté well 

* Add 1 cup warm  water & sim cook until potatoes & rice are  cooked . 

* Top with grated coconut and coriander leaves.

* 1Tbsp of hot ghee 

* Serve hot.



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