About this recipe: I love pilau rice, so I came up with this Indian-inspired version that is a meal in itself!
Took shortcuts. My family and I liked this recipe. I pre-cooked the garlic, onions, potatoes with the spices in a pan. Then added the mixture to the rice, lentils, peas and red pepper inside a rice cooker. This rice dish is a meal in itself. I made a soup, too and I'm glad I just had the two because it was so filling. Thanks for the recipe! - 24 Jul 2008
Used different ingredients. This was a very nice dish. Since this was not the main meal, I kept the spices exactly as written. I would however, double the spices if this was going to be the main course. I did add a small piece of cinnamon stick, and ground 3 cloves to add. I also added 1/2 tsp. tumeric for colour. Very nice balance of spice. I didn't think the pepper would go w/the taste, so grated 1 med. carrot instead and gave a beautiful colour. Also tossed in a few pistachios during the second 10 min. Potato was perfectly done and added it at the beginning of the simmer. This makes a nice dish and does make a lot to feed 4 people by the time one gets the vegetables in there. Will make again. - 24 Jul 2008
This was okay, but suffered from some textural problems. With the various additions at different times that necessitated stirring, I thought that the potato got kind of mushy. Next time, I might cook the lentils and potato together separately, with their own spices, and stir it all together briefly at the end. The red pepper seemed an odd choice, flavour wise; I would use a red chilli, next time. The spicing was nice but milder than I prefer, so I added a liberal amount of garam masala after it was done, which helped enormously. The leftovers re-heated well. - 24 Jul 2008