Pulao, also known as pilaf, is a popular one-pot rice dish originally from the Indian subcontinent. It's a fragrant and delicately spiced dish, filled with veggies or meat, which is commonly prepared with basmati rice. This dish is popular across Middle Eastern, Central, South Asian, and East African cuisines. It can be enjoyed alone or with a side of raita or a salan.
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Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
In a large pan, heat the oil over medium heat.
Add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
Add the sliced onion and sauté until they turn golden brown.
Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant.
Add the carrots and peas to the pan and stir well.
Add the rice to the pan and mix well.
Add the water, turmeric, garam masala, and salt. Stir well.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover the pan.
Let it cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked and all the water is absorbed.
Fluff the rice with a fork before serving. Serve the pulao hot with a side of raita or salan.