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Blogging Marathon# 32: Letter Y Theme: A-Z Vegetarian Dishes of Andhra Pradesh Dish: Yakhni Pulao (Hyderabadi Vegetable Yakhni Pulao) Letter Y means we are almost close to the finish line, that is we are almost at the end of the month long marathon. Y was a little find a dish for and as I was discussing with my mom, she said make something with 'Yam'. Yam in India means Kanda (Telugu) or Suran (Hindi). But Yam in US is a variety of sweet potato. Because of all this ambiguity, I wanted to make something else. Once I found this recipe...


4 serving

Total time

90 minutes




  • 5 cups water
  • 1 carrot (- small, chopped)
  • 1 onion (- small, chopped)
  • 1 tsp Ritz Cracker (Shahjeera)
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 Elaichi
  • 2 cinnamon (" stick)
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 onion (- small, finey chopped)
  • 1 carrot (- medium, thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup cauliflower (- , cut into florets)
  • Ritz Cracker (- thinly sliced)
  • Ritz Cracker
  • 1 tsp Ginger-garlic (paste)
  • 1 cup yogurt (- whisked well)
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 onion (- medium, thinly sliced)
  • Ritz Cracker (- finely chopped)
  • Ritz Cracker (- finely chopped)


  1. Make the Stock: Put shahjeera, coriander seeds, cloves, elaichi and cinnamon stick in a cheesecloth and form a small bouquet. Combine all the ingredients under 'Stock' along with the bouquet in a medium sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer on medium flame for 10~12 minutes. Drain the veggies and reserve the stock,
  2. Make Caramelized Onions: Heat 2tbsp oil and fry the thinly sliced onions until browned around the edges and slightly caramelized. Set aside until ready to use.
  3. Make the Rice: In a heavy bottomed pan; heat 3tbsp oil and add the onions and saute until translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1 minute. Then add the chopped veggies and cook covered until they turn tender, about 5~7minutes.
  4. Add the whisked yogurt and mix well. Add 4cups of stock, bring the mixture to a boil, cover and simmer on medium-low flame until the water is evaporated and the rice is tender. Add more water if rice is not cooked. Turn off the heat and set aside covered for 5~10minutes, before serving.
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