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  • 3 cups Basmati Rice (washed well with a few changes of water and soaked for atleast hour - if needed)
  • 2 cups Vegetables (any of your choice - chopped) (you may use frozen mixed vegetables also)
  • 2 medium Onions (thinly sliced)
  • 2 Green Chillies (more or less may be used depending on taste preferance.) (whole - do not cut)
  • 1 tsp. Coriander Powder (Pisa Dhania)
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Powder (Pisa Zeera)
  • tsp. Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1 tsp. Red Chilli Powder (Pisi Lal Mirchain) (more or less may be used depending on taste preferance.)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • A small pinch of Ajinomoto Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ginger Paste (Pisa Lehsan)
  • 1 tsp. Ginger Paste (Pisi Adrak)
  • 4 tbsp. Tomato Sauce
  • 4 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • Cooking Oil

1) Heat oil in a heavy based pot on medium heat. Add sliced onions and fry onions until they are transparent. Then add to the onions the: garlic paste and ginger paste. Mix for a minute then add the green chillies, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, chilli powder, salt and ajinomoto salt. Fry all these spices for a few minutes (by adding a bit of water if needed to prevent from sticking.)

2) Add in the vegetables and saute by continuously stiiring until the vegetables are cooked.

3) In a seperate pan, heat cup oil and add rice, soy sauce, tomato sauce and enough water for the rice to cook. Mix and bring it to a boil. Once the rice comes to a boil, turn heat to low and let rice simmer, covered until rice is well done and the water has totally dried up (but is still a little wet.)

4) Finally when the water has dried, add the vegetable mixture to the rice and mix. Cover on very low heat for about 5 minutes. And serve hot.

Yield: 6 Servings
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Recipe Category: Main Course Rice
Recipe Ethnic Group: Pakistani
Recipe Requested by, Nazish Arslan (United Kingdom)