2 green chillies
2 dried red chillies
1/2 cup cilantro/coriander leaves
1 tablespoon channa dal
6 whole almonds(optional,I used)
Small piece of ginger
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1.Blanch,peel and puree the tomatoes.
2.Roast green,red chillies,channa dal and ginger in one teaspoon oil.Grind along with cilantro and whole almonds.set aside.
3.Cook basmati rice until 70% done(Add 3 cups water and cook until 1 whistle). In the same cooker boil the potatoes until just cooked and firm enough.Once the pressure is released,peel the potatoes and prick here and there with a fork.Shallow fry the potatoes until they turn golden in colour.
4.cut onion into thin slices and fry till golden brown.
5.In a deep vessel or a cooker,heat 1 teaspoon oil/ghee and add the cumin seeds.Once it splutters,add the ground cilantro paste and saute well for 5-7 minutes.Next add the tomato puree and mix well.Saute for 5 minutes.
6.Add the fried potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
7.Next add the rice,salt,1/4 cup water and close.Cook on low flame till all the water is absorbed and rice is completely done.
8.Open the lid add 2 teaspoons ghee,mix gently and serve hot with raita.
1.Instead of baby potatoes you can even use normal potatoes cut into quarters.
2.Heat a cast iron tava and keep the vessel on that to avoid burning the bottom and ensure even heating
3.I used almonds instead of poopy seeds and coconuts as I was out of stock.
4.If you are rushing for time,pressure cook rice completely,make the masala and mix in gently as we do for pulao varieties .