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Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Cinnamon-1 inch stick
Thinly sliced garlic-1 pod
Thinly sliced ginger-1/2 tsp
Slit green chilli-1
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
Pepper powder-1/4 tsp
Finely chopped cilantro-1 tsp
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!