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Zero Oil Rice / Biryani / Pulao recipes
Last Updated : Jul 19,2018
Pulao and Biryani are traditionally royal foods made using lots of oil, ghee, dry fruits, rich gravies, cream, coconut, curds, Paneer etc. Even simple delicacies like khichdi, though cooked in very little oil/ ghee are served with ghee poured over them! We have modified traditional recipes to a zero-oil form as well as developed a few new recipes to suit the Indian palate.
But it is no easy task either! Cooking with zero oil doesn’t mean only elimination fat, it also involves careful selection of ingredients (like Brown rice or bulgur wheat instead of white rice), tweaking the proportions accordingly and using appropriate cooking methods too!
Learn the magical zero oil way of cooking recipes like Basic Brown rice, Creamy Mushroom Risotto , Handi Khichdi, Masoor Biryani and many more tempting dishes in this section.
Really, this collection of your favourite recipes cooked without oil is sure to bring a smile to your face and encourage you to put on your chef’s cap and treat yourself and your family to more joyous, healthier, tastier meals!
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23 Jun 18
Paneer Mutter Biryani by Tarla Dalal
Paneer is a show-stealer! Undoubtedly one of my favorites. Layers of rice and spicy paneer mutter make this Biryani a real delicacy. And roasted onions add a yummy touch to the brown rice. I have used low-fat milk to enhance its calcium and protein content, even while curbing the calories. To keep t ....
Tarkari Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
As the name suggests, this dish brims with Tarkari (vegetables) and the nutrients that they contain. To add to the goodness of vegetables, moong dal is also a rich source of protein, folic acid and zinc. An interesting combination of health and taste makes this dish a must-try!
Palak Kofta Rice by Tarla Dalal
Koftas add zing to the zero oil palak rice. Try making these soft and tasty koftas with low-fat paneer and palak. Not only palak, but low-fat paneer is also a health booster as it contains protein, calcium and vitamin A. Steaming the koftas instead of deep-frying not only slashes down the fat conten ....
Brinjal Rice ( Zero Oil Recipe ) by Tarla Dalal
Brinjal has a unique flavour that is enhanced by the masala used in this dish. Grind the masala fresh every time, for that tantalizing aroma! Brinjal is rich in both calcium and folic acid, making this dish a nutritional treat too! The Brinjal cook fast, so cook it for just one whistle to avoid over ....
23 Mar 13
Brown Rice Risotto by Tarla Dalal
Risotto is one of the most famous Italian rice dishes, now popular all over the world. While it is now beheld as an exotic recipe, most Italians look at Risotto as a homely and soothing meal made with rice and some form of stock. Here is a vegetarian, cheese-based version that is made heart-friendly ....
Palak Chana Pulao by Tarla Dalal
A medley of spices, veggies, spinach and kala chana make this Palak Chana Pulao a real tongue-tickler. Brown rice enhances the fibre content of this pulao while spinach makes it look appetizing and colourful while providing a bounty of iron. Kala chana is an ideal ingredient that boosts the nutritiv ....
23 Mar 13
Shahi Korma Biryani by Tarla Dalal
Truly royal! unlike the traditional method of adding loads of cream, ghee etc. To make this “shahi” recipe, here we use low fat milk and zero-oil. You won’t know the difference… it tastes just as good! i have replaced cream with poppy seeds and cashewnut paste to impart the required richness and fla ....
Handi Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
This dish is cooked in a traditional Indian deep iron pan called "handi". It is believed that cooking in iron utensils increases the iron content of food, however rice is also naturally rich in iron, so you can be double sure that this recipe will boost your haemoglobin levels. Marinating the vegeta ....
23 Mar 13
Stuffed Brinjal and Onion Khichdi ( Zero Oil Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Another dish with a combination of stuffed vegetables and khichdi, which are mixed together and pressure cooked till done. You can use vegetables of your choice or whatever is available at home. Not only is this dish colourful and palatable, the horde of ingredients makes it nutritious too. Masoor d ....
Bharvan Baingan Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
An interesting way to serve brinjal and khichadi! 'Bharvan' means stuffed, brinjal are stuffed with a spicy mixture of besan, coconut and spices. It not only adds spice to the otherwise bland khichadi but also perks up the flavour of the dish. Although slightly higher in calories a small portion of ....
23 Mar 13
Brown Rice ( Zero Oil Dal Chawal Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
You can substitute white rice with brown rice while making delicious pulaos and biryanis, to benefit from its added nutrient and fibre content. Here is how you can cook brown rice on an open flame. While pressure cooking is a bit faster, cooking on an open flame gives you greater control over the te ....
23 Mar 13
Mexican Rice ( Zero Oil Dal and Chawal) by Tarla Dalal
The use of vibrant red chilli flakes, mealy kidney beans, peppy capsicum and pungent garlic make the Mexican character of this dish very clear indeed. This rice delicacy is made without oil, and using brown rice instead of white to enhance the fibre content. Moreover, lots of fibre-rich and nutritio ....
23 Mar 13
Jalfrazie Layered Brown Rice (zero Oil, Low Calorie and Diabetic) by Tarla Dalal
Jalfrazie is a combination of veggies flavoured with a sweet and sour gravy. The usp of this recipe however is the brown rice. Since it is not milled, its outer covering or bran that is rich in fibre is kept intact, making it a healthy and diabetic-friendly ingredient. It is good for weight-watchers ....
Masoor Biryani ( Zero Oil Dal-chawal Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Masoor spells iron shakti, which is very important to build hemoglobin levels and ward off fatigue and tiredness. Make this basic brown in advance to save on time and efforts. I have added apricots and raisins to the masoor masala to make it more interesting.
Brown Rice ( Pressure Cooker Method) by Tarla Dalal
Many health-conscious people are beginning to replace white rice with brown rice in several recipes, to benefit from its additional nutrition and fibre content. Here is how you can cook Brown Rice perfectly using a pressure cooker, to make healthy pulaos and biryanis.
07 Mar 12
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