Chak Angouba is the Manipuri Style of Vegetable Pulao that uses mixed vegetables and simple spices.
This Veg Pulao is their staple food and prefers to use black rice than normal white rice. Chak Angouba uses herbs like Chives, though you can use spring onions to substitute.
If you are going to use the regular normal white rice, this pulao will turn out to be the regular pulao or fried rice we make, you can find the difference only if you use black rice. I previously once got a packet of black rice and never used it at all. I had to trash it finally.
So this time when I decided that I will source the black rice for this, I wanted to make sure I use it up all. I also happen to talk to Vaishali about this when she asked if I wanted something. She said she has some and I need not get.
Since I was also planning for other dishes to be cooked around this time, I asked her to get me only three fourth of the cup and knew more than this, the rice won’t’ be used. I made this for Konda’s lunch box. One thing I didn’t expect was for the rice to be so sticky. Since this was the first time I cooking this rice, I boiled it separately and then prepared this as fried rice fashion.
This pulao was an interesting one, in terms of us not having ever tasted something like this. I would surely say the rice was best suited for desserts as I also ended up making a pudding. We didn’t like it much as a spicy pulao, though the dessert was yummy. I am sure it’s an acquired taste. When I think about it, I don’t remember how exactly I landed with this recipe, I then had searched on the internet and read through all the sites that had this recipe. I simply combined all the steps to make a fried rice sort of dish.
Chak Angouba is my choice for C in the AtoZ Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi Festival that’s happening for the April Mega Marathon, where I have opted to make 26 Rice dishes. If you are interested to know what I am doing for C in C4AS, go ahead check it out!
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Chak Angouba | Manipuri Vegetable Pulao
1/2 cup Black Rice
Handful Carrots finely grated as long
Handful Beans finely chopped
1/4 cup Onion
2 to 3 Spring Onions Sprigs
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
2 no Green Chilli
A Pinch Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp Cooking Oil
Wash and soak the black rice for 30 minutes. Take twice the amount of water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles depending on how well it gets cooked. Let the pressure fall down.
Meanwhile prep the vegetables and keep it ready.
Heat a nonstick pan with oil, add the cumin seeds, then spring onion, all the vegetables, saute well.
Sprinkle a few drops of water and add the salt, coriander powder, simmer till the vegetables get cooked a bit. We still want the vegetables to be crunchy.
Now add the cooked rice and combine well.
Make sure the rice is cooled down and doesn’t clamp up.