Moti Pulao – A Gem From The Forgotten Road Of Culinary Traditions Of India

February 7, 2016 motia pulao @TheRoyaleIndia 1790 0 0

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Whenever we talk about Indian cuisine, specialities from all corners of our nation come to our mind. One of the delicacies that somehow got lost in today’s world of pasta and burger is the royal dish – Moti Pulao or Motia Pulao. Hailing from the Land of Nawabs, this royal dish is known not only for its taste but also for its presentation. Saffron, cardamom, cloves and cashew nut powder add to the distinct fragrance.

Here is how you can prepare this scrumptious dish at home:


Moti pulao ingredients @TheRoyaleIndia

For Paneer Balls (Motia) –

  • Paneer (Cottage cheese) 100g

  • Cashew nut (powder), 2 tbsp.

  • Corn flour, ½ tbsp.

  • Silver warq (silver foil), 10 sheets

  • Oil, for deep fry

  • Salt

For Pulao –

  • Basmati Rice, 1 cup

  • Ghee, 2 tbsp.

  • Cloves, 4-6

  • Bay Leaf, 1

  • Cinnamon Stick, 1

  • Green Cardamom, 4-6

  • Saffron (Kesar), 10-12 strands

  • Milk, 2 tbsp.


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  1. Soak the rice in 3 cups of water for almost half an hour

  2. Heat ghee in a cooking pot (kadhai) and add the bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon stick along with green cardamom

  3. Once it starts to crackle, add the drained rice

  4. Stir well, and add two cups of water along with salt

  5. Cook covered till the rice is almost done

  6. In the meantime, crush the saffron strands in warm milk and add this to the rice

  7. Let it stay covered for a couple of minutes

Moti/Motia (Pearls)

  1. Mash the paneer well

  2. Add cashew nut powder along with salt and corn flour to the paneer

  3. Knead it into a soft dough and roll into small pearl-sized balls from this mixture

  4. Heat sufficient oil in a frying pan and deep-fry these balls till golden brown

  5. Carefully cover the balls with the silver warq

For Serving:

  1. Toss half of the paneer balls with the cooked rice

  2. Use the other half to garnish while serving

Moti pearl pulao @TheRoyaleIndia


Enjoy the fireworks that this lost recipe from the Land of Nawabs will build inside your mouth!

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