Vermicelli - 2 cups, semiya - roast in 2 tsps ghee on low to medium flame till golden brown
Onion - 1, large, sliced
Carrot - 1, medium sized, peeled and cubed
French beans - 5, nip ends and cut into 1/2" pieces
Potato - 1, medium sized, peeled and cubed
Green peas - fistful (optional)
Mint leaves - 12-15 leaves
Coriander leaves for garnish
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon stick - 1"
Green cardamom - 1
Bay leaf - 1, optional
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp, optional
Oil - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp, heaped
Water - 3 1/2 cups (hot)
Salt to taste
Make a paste:
Fresh coconut - 2 tbsps
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Ginger - 1/2" piece
Green chilies - 2-3 (adjust to suit spice level)
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsps, finely chopped
Heat a heavy bottomed vessel, add ghee+oil, once its hot, add cumin seeds and allow to brown. Add cinnamon stick, caradamom, cloves and bay leaf and saute for few seconds.
Add sliced onions and saute for 4 mts. Add mint leaves and ground paste and saute for 3 mts.
Add mixed vegetables and saute 8-10 mts. Remove lid and mix well.
Add the roasted vermicelli and green peas (if using) mix well. Add 3 1/2 cups of hot water and bring to a boil. Reduce flame, place lid and cook till the semiya and vegetables are cooked.
Remove lid, mix well. Remove the semiya pulao to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
You can add 3 1/4 cups hot water and 1/4 cup thick coconut milk.
Toasted cashew nuts can also be added for a richer flavor.
You can omit whole spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and add a large pinch of garam masala powder at the time for sauteing the vegetables.
If you do not have coconut on hand, omit it and follow rest of recipe. Add 2 tbsp of milk to the ground paste in place of fresh coconut.
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