Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spicy Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao is easy and quick one pot meal on a lovely spring day. I love spring and hope the weather stays good for the next few days as well. This pulao is a regular quick lunch box recipe that I pack for my husband. When I pressure cook the pulao my veggies gets soft, but I always wonder how it's crunchy in the restaurants. Then I found the trick, pressure cooking softens the vegetables, so I made the pulao in a kadai, the veggies were crunchy and so flavorful as in the restaurants. I loved it & it was so yummy :) 



  • Basmati rice - 1cup 
  • Chopped veggies like carrot, beans, green pea - 1 1/4 cups
  • Cauliflower - 4-5 florets 
  • Onion (finely sliced) - 1
  • Cilantro (chopped) - 2tbsp
  • Water - 1 1/2 cup
  • Salt as needed 
  • Ghee - 1tbsp
  • Oil - 1tbsp
To grind
  • Green chillies (slit into two) - 3
  • Garlic cloves - 4
  • Mint - few 
  • Cilantro (chopped)- few
  • Fennel seeds - 1tsp
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Cinnamon - 1 stick 
To temper 
  • Jeera - 1tsp 
  • Bay leaf - 1 


  • Soak basmati rice in hot water atleast for half an hour.
  • Grind the items given under "to grind" table with little water into smooth paste. 
  • Heat kadai with oil:ghee and add jeera, bay leaf.
  • When jeera splutters. Add onion and fry till transparent pink color in medium flame, then add the ground paste.  Fry till raw smell goes. 

  • Then add veggies and saute in medium flame for 2 minutes.
  • Add the rice drained from water. Mix well. 
  • Now add salt and water, bring to boiling point. 
  • Close the kadai lid and cook in low flame for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Once done switch off the flame and leave it undisturbed for about 10 minutes. 

  • Now open and fluff the pulao with a fork carefully without breaking the rice.
  • Vegetable pulao is ready to be served with rich gravy or raita of your choice or even chips. 


  • Soaking rice in hot water will give less water consumption while cooking.
  • You can also add coconut milk or milk instead of water.
  • Adding milk will give richness to the rice. 
  • You can also add sweet corn.   

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