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November 28, 2008

Pomegranate And Vegetable Rice Pilaf for POM wonderful contest!

Pomegranates are in season and I thought I would make Pomegranate and Vegetable rice Pilaf today. It was way too delicious! It is a perfect comfort food during winter and makes a wonderful one pot meal!
I am sending this recipe to POM Wonderful Contest for a chance to win 5000$ and Foodieblogroll Contest which is giving away cases of pomegranate products to the participants. If you didn't know about these contests, hurry up! View the above links for more details!


Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4

Ingredients:
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Cloves-3
Cinnamon-1 inch stick
Thinly sliced garlic-1 pod
Thinly sliced ginger-1/2 tsp
Slit green chilli-1
Star Anise(optional)-1
Cashews-5
Pomegranate arils from 1 POM wonderful fresh fruit-1 cup
Thinly sliced Onion-1 cup
Frozen Corn-1/4 cup
Frozen peas-1/4 cup
White Basmathi rice(available in any grocery store)-1 cup uncooked
Salt-to taste
Oil-3 tbsp
Pepper powder-1/4 tsp
Finely chopped cilantro-1 tsp


Method:

Rinse the rice with water 1 or 2 times and soak in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes and cook it in the rice cooker and set aside once it is done.

Heat oil in a wide pan. Add cumin seeds. When they crackle, add cloves, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, star anise, green chilli, cashew and fry for 15 seconds. The spices will start to release their aroma.

Now add onions, some salt and fry till they turn golden brown. Add pomegranate arils, thawed corn and peas. Stir for a couple of minutes.

Add warm cooked rice, salt and pepper to the veggies and mix everything well. Turn off the heat.

Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Serve hot with plain yogurt or your favorite potato chips.

Healthy pomegranate and vegetable rice pilaf is ready!


Pomegranates are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B5. Consuming pomegranate juice reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. It is also associated with lowering of blood pressure.

31 comments:

  1. Kanna,
    Very colourful,innovative,awesome,
    All the Best
    Appa

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  2. WOww wat a eyecatching pilaf...simply great n very innovative...

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  3. that looks wonderful...lovely colour and great picture..looks so tempting..

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  4. Wonderful entry for POM! All the best. The photos are too good!

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  5. pic looks gr8 and colorful presentation dear.

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  6. Beautiful presentaion, can u send be in parcel.

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  7. Wow this looks tempting, alluring and awesome. Nice presentation too. All the best for the contest.

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  8. looks perfect & colourful ma... parkavey romba nanna irukke..enakku anupi vai...

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  9. wow and wow,Lovely and perfect entry to POM Contest.I want to send some,but too lazy to do so.

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  10. Wonderful presentation Mahimaa.lovely colours and perfect click I would say! All the very best to you.

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  11. So pretty Mahimaa! I hope you win.

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  12. yummy pilaf dear.Looks so tempting.

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  13. That is a beautiful dish of rice!!!

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  14. Doesn't Pom. add a divine look to any dish?,I've been using them a lot :)

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  15. Pilaf looks colourful and appetizing nice entry dear

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  16. The dish looks so colorful and delicious, this one is sure to win the contest, all the best :)

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  17. Wow, so colorful and delicious pilaf! Wonderful presentation. Love the color contrast! Good luck with the contest.

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  18. omg this looks so delicious,...:-)

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  19. I love that second picture , it looks so beautiful.

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  20. Kanna,
    Cham's web site gives details of how to get copy right. Pl do that immtly
    Appa

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  21. Looks very colorful and inviting..fantastic presentations.....all the best for the contest !

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  22. wow nice and colorful...looks really delicious...each grain of rice nicely separated. good entry. all the best

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  23. very colourful pilaf..hope you win the giveaway.

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  24. thanks friends.. i hope i win!

    Appa, I have all my pics copyrighted using photoshop.

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  25. wow so colour ful intresting recipe nicely presented

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  26. Thats a beautiful arrangement of those veggies & fruits.. I made a similar dish called Kashmiri pulao and recently posted it too.. check it out.. I will try your version next time! :)

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  27. Lovely and colorful rice. Now who is going to say no to this beautiful presentation!

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  28. wonderful presentation... and lovely colours...

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