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Other day when I visited one of my colleague's house in Chennai she served valai poo (Arati poovu, Bhale Hoova) biryani. She told me that she has checked my blog to make sure that she cooked something new.. Before I tasted it I kind of not sure about the taste of valai poo in the biryani. But it tasted really good. Yeah you had slight "thuvarppu" in Valaipoo which gave it a nice taste. I loved it. She said she got this recipe from her Mother In Law. Her version didn't include Toor dal. But when I made it I added it to enhance nutritional value. It is good way of including a vegetable otherwise seldom liked by kids 

Bastmati rice - 1.5 cup
Ghee - 2 teaspoon (heaped)
Oil - 1 teaspoon
Small onion/ Shallots - 20 (chopped finely)
Tomatoes - 1 (chopped finely)
Mint leaves - 1.5 tablespoon
Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon (finely chopped)
Ginger paste - 1/4 teaspoon
Garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Shahi jeera - 1 tablespoon
Cinnamon - 1 inch
Cloves - 2-3
Kalpasi / black flower - 2
Star flower / Ani seed - 1
Valai poo - 2 cups (cleaned strings)
Bay leaves - 2
Green chillies - 4 (adjust to your spice level)
Toor Dal - 2 tablespoon
Salt to taste


Heat pan with Ghee / Oil. Add Bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon stick, shahi jeera, cloves and kal pasi. fry till nice aroma released. Add green chillies and Onion with required salt. 
Fry till dark brown. Add ginger garlic paste. Fry for a min. Add tomatoes, Mint leaves and fry till mushy. 
Add valaipoo strings and Toor dal. Fry for a min. Add required water (I have added 2.5 cups) and adjust salt. Let it boil. Add rice Mix well

Close it with lid and cook in low flame. Once cooked add coriander leaves and fluff the rice
Serve hot