Cranberry and Mango Pilaf

Preparation Tim - 15 mins
 
Ingredients :
  • 1 cup rice ( I used fine grade jeera rice or Gobindo bhog )
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 2 inch cinnamon
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 1-2 star anise
  • 2 dry red chili ( very mild heat )
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp ghee 
  • salt to taste
  • a pinch of saffron ( soaked in 2 tsp milk )
  • a handful of dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup ripe mango (chopped into small cubes)
Preparation:
  •  Wash and clean the rice. Drain the water. Add turmeric powder and mix evenly. Let it air dry for 1-2 hours.
  • Cooking - Heat the ghee in a cooker. Add all the whole spices and stir fry till fragrant.
  • Add the rice and fry for 2-3 mins till all the grains are coated with ghee. Finally add 2 cups water, sugar, salt, chopped cranberries and the soaked saffron strands.
  • Close lid and cook for 1-2 whistles ( about 12-14 mins ). Allow steam to escape before removing the lid.
  • Stir in the mangoes and let it stand covered for 5 mins for the flavor to get imbibed.
  • Pack into the lunchbox along with a raita or a semi dry curry of your kid's choice.
 
                                                         By Sweta Biswal(contest entry)
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