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  1. […] dishes. Nazneen, for example, could take these ingredients and have no trouble creating a tasty pullao. BAM, on the other hand, could easily prepare a flavorful GF stir fry. Then, of course, […]

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      Nazneen
      5/20/2013

      Thanks Dixya! Hope you can use it one day!

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      Nazneen
      5/5/2013

      Thank you Samah for your lovely comment. Thank you for stopping by!

  2. As a mom myself, I know exactly what you are talking about! Sometimes, meal plans don’t come to me until the very last minutes when I’m pulling stuff out of the fridge! I’ve always chalked that up to my “creative” side – not wanting to be tied down to a weekly/daily menu or regimen. Like you, when I run out of time and ideas, rice is a go-to dish! This pullao is definitely going into my repertoire! Have a good weekend, mama! Your family is lucky to have you :)
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      Nazneen
      5/5/2013

      Thanks Jen! It’s nice to have a few dishes that you can turn to in a rush. Pasta and rice are my two faves, then of course, eggs and breakfast foods.

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      Nazneen
      5/3/2013

      Thanks Peachy! Nice to see you again..how have you been?

  3. 5/2/2013

    this looks amazing for a last minute dinner! yum!

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      Nazneen
      5/3/2013

      Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your comment.

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      Nazneen
      5/3/2013

      You are very sweet Sarah, I am still learning but I appreciate your encouraging words!

  4. Oh Nazneen, I love recipes like this. They are so versatile even if they are at the whim of the leftovers in my fridge and pantry! I have wandered the aisles at the market too many times, without inspiration. And on those days, I’m just going to come home and whip up this marvelous rice dish. It’s amazing how something you pulled together so quickly looks like you’ve been fussing over it all day! Your photos are beautiful! : )
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      Nazneen
      5/3/2013

      Hi Anne! How are you ? Thank you for your sweet words.

  5. 5/2/2013

    A tasty looking pulao! I really like that kind of dish and adore those spices.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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      Nazneen
      5/3/2013

      Thanks Rosa!

  6. Love that top photo! And I love dishes like this, where you can change out ingredients so easily. I could almost make this recipe as written – I have everything on hand except for the zucchini and potatoes! Really good stuff – thanks so much.
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      Nazneen
      5/3/2013

      Thanks John! Yes! That’s the reason I posted this so you have a basic recipe that you can embellish.

  7. 5/1/2013

    You certainly threw together a great meal and I’m so glad you did decide to post it. Love your serving dish. I must try to find some of those for when I cook curry xx
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      Nazneen
      5/3/2013

      Thanks Charlie! Sometimes good things happen on a whim! Try an Indian store if you’re looking for the kadhi pot.

  8. Hello Nazneen,
    I know days like than only too well and I have to say that your recipe just made its was to the top of my list for days like that :)
    I usually end up making a salad or an omlette on days like these but I think we would really enjoy a dish like yours better
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      Nazneen
      5/1/2013

      Thanks Sawsan, believe me, there are days I just make eggs too! I always keep tins of hummus too so some days I break open a tin with some zaatar and salad and call it a night!

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      Nazneen
      5/1/2013

      Thank you Raymund! I love all in dishes when I am not in the mood to cook.

  9. Eha
    4/30/2013

    I hear you loud and clear and have followed the same road many a time either thru’ lack of the same or sheer tiredness! Great ‘sample’ recipe to have and to tweak: I do the same with both cooked brown rice always in my fridge or some form of noodles and always feel twice blessed; the dish invariably ends up more than palatable and it has ‘cost’ me practically nought as but few ‘new’ ingredients have been used!!

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      Nazneen
      5/1/2013

      I agree Eha! Those makeover dishes are always better than the original! I love frying up rice and noodles too with some vegetables and eggs. Perfect leftover food! Thanks for stopping by Eha!

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      Nazneen
      5/1/2013

      Thanks Lail! We’d have fun being neighbours!

  10. 4/30/2013

    Meals that we make in hurry are always the best. I make pulao a lot even when I am not in rush and my daughter always look forward that I add some meat in it. I love that you have added red lentils and zucchini along with meat, giving a twist to a traditional pulao recipe. Even I keep trying different options as rice is something we cook regularly. I once made vegetable pulao with chai flavor and it has now become a regular in my home.
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      Nazneen
      5/1/2013

      Thanks Bal, I love adding red lentils…it’s almost a more jazzy khichdi…which I love too.

  11. 4/30/2013

    This sounds like a delicious meal that you created, Nazneen, and on the spur of the moment, too. I think most of us have these “go to” dishes, though they’re sure to vary because of our different pantries. I’ll usually make a pasta or, as I’ll post later, a frittata. Both are very simple compared to your pullao. I’m surprised, though, that I have most of the ingredients required by your recipe. I never would have thought to combine them like this. Guess who’ll be making pullao in the not too distant future? Thanks, Nazneen, for pointing me in this direction.
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      Nazneen
      5/1/2013

      Thanks John. You mention having all the things to make a pullao with but don’t usually think of it at the spur of the moment..I think that has a lot to do with how and what we grew up eating. I fall back on Indian food because its what I know from home. On a tired day, I just want comfort and that’s why I believe I make rice dishes. Of course, you will fall back on what you grew up eating….which I am sure is quite tasty too!

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      Nazneen
      4/30/2013

      That’s funny you noticed! I didn’t use it on purpose. Usually I do but I feel that adds a “heavy” element… basically garam flavours and I wanted a lighter taste. You can most definitely add it if you wish. I left it out on purpose :)

  12. 4/30/2013

    This looks great and a fabulous spur of the moment dish. It’s often those dishes that are the most flavoursome. I have what I call a fridge meal, just using whatever’s in the fridge. A little difficult today as I’ve just had a clearout so it’s sliced chicken and condiments only at the moment! Have a good week. GG xx
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      Nazneen
      5/1/2013

      Thanks GG! It’s funny also that you can make it so well on the spur of the moment but when you go to recreate it, it’s a major flop!

  13. It was made with leftovers and looks terrific! I’d be happy to have it for dinner. I also have some ingredients that are always in my pantry and use them to make a dish when I’m out of others that I need. Life is busy and often we have to do what we have to do especially as Moms. I hope your week gets better and you can breath a bit. :) Miss you! I wish you were here so we could go shopping together at CM. Take care!
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      Nazneen
      5/1/2013

      Thanks Denise! I would love to go shopping at CM with you! It would be so much fun xx

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