Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Veg Pulao

Feeling lazy?..make Pulao.Too much work during a get-together party?make Biryani or rather,..feel like eating something tasty but no time?make pressure-cooker pulao!!There’s nothing like a Pulao or Biryani to save you time on a busy day.Though it is often associated with lots of prep work and stuff,like many other dishes,this one too has got many easier versions.

Hubby is not too fond of the Veg variations of pulao and keeps raving about the Non-veg Biryani and how much I am missing it and stuff..I stuff tablespoons of pulao with lots of vegetables in my mouth and tell him that I am more than happy to be eating it all by myself..;).

A while back,we were invited for dinner at a dear friends’ place.R,is a very good cook and she had prepared Veg Pulao for us along with some other goodies.Though reluctantly,hubby put some in his plate and I saw him relishing it.Before we left from there,he asked me to get the recipe from her and make it for him..hmmm.Though there was much scope for some”I told you so”moments,I noted down the recipe instead and made it for him..We ♥ed it absolutely.Thank you R for a simple and tasty recipe!!

Veg Pulao


Basmati rice – 1 cup[I used normal Sona Masuri rice]

Mixed vegetables –
Carrot – 1,chopped
Beans – 3-4,chopped
Green peas – about ¼ cup
Onions – 2,chopped

Ghee/oil[or a mix of both ] – 4 tbsp

Mixed nuts – Cashewnuts & Raisins – a handful

Whole spices – crushed a little
Cinnamon – 1’ stick
Cloves – 3-4
Cardamom – 2 pods

Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Salt to taste

Wash the rice well,drain and keep aside.
In a pressure cooker/pan,add 2 tbsp ghee/oil and fry the cashewnuts and raisins till they turn brown in colour-drain and keep aside.
Add the remaining ghee/oil and fry the onions.
Add the crushed whole spices & the ginger garlic paste and sauté well for a minute.
Add the powders-red chilly powder,coriander powder and haldi and mix well.
Now add the vegetables and salt to taste.
Mix in the drained rice and add 2 cups of water.
Close the pressure cooker and cook for exactly 1 whistle.
Wait for about 10 minutes-open the cooker and fluff with a fork.
Granish with the fried nuts.
Serve hot with papad and raita.

Every pressure cooker is different and the cooking time also varies from the kind of rice used.So use your instinct and go with your cooking experience!


  1. Nice pulao recipe. I too make it the same way but haven't made it in a long time. Isn't it amazing how our spouses will not eat something we make till they taste it somewhere else. :) There are so many "told you so moments" it is hard to resist each time.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and the great tip on the link post. I can't believe I did not know about that till now. :)

  2. Divya your Pulao looks very yummy indeed. I personally like khila- khila rice which one can't get in pressure cooked with weight.

  3. nice recipe..yes..vegg.pulao is in my menu during those lazy days..one pot meal..

  4. Wow awesome pulao Divya! And so easy to make too!

  5. Yummy :) I love pressure cooker pulao too, I too make them for 'lazy to cook' times lol :) I am feeling hungry, maybe i will make some now :) sluuurp

  6. that is one yummy looking pulao Divya :)


  7. Pualo looks too good dear.. If you give me that plate, will finish in minutes..! he hhe.. Try participating in my FIL-Milk event!:)

  8. Veg. Pulao looks very colourful and very yummy.

  9. I used to get confused as a kid with pulao,biryani,fried rice,phew!Yours looks nice :)

  10. yummy... this is my "always to the rescue" dish!

  11. looks so gorgeous and delicious :)

  12. my go-to dish when am super lazy too :)

  13. Rich Pulao Divya..No question why you liked that one...superb and the recipe i bookmarked to try..thanks

  14. Hmm the pulav looks delicious! nice recipe, next time will try it your way :)

  15. Looks so nice,I love eating pulavs...nice recipe :)

  16. Great Pulav....I have not made in long.. My Kids love it & eat a PROPER meal for once minus my nagging & screamings!!

  17. Hi divya
    I tried your Veg Pulao recipe.in fact my husband never used to love pulao.
    but i tried ur veg pulao recipe.kudos to you dear.
    my husband also liked it
    only problem was that the rice looked overcooked and sticky so that it looked like sambar rice.anyways i ll try my luck better next time.
    keep posting !!
    many Thanks
    Sumitha Suresh

  18. Divu, tks for sharing this simple yet flavorful recipe! Made it, enjoyed it, all of us who ate it loved it! Thanks so much for sharing such lovely, delcious, easy-to-make recipes!

  19. hii Thanks for posting such a simple n tasty recipei tried on the same day it n it tasted yummy.. :) :)

  20. Nice Recipe..I tried it for the first time and it really came out well..To compliment with it I made Dahi Boondi Raita (With Salt,Sugar,Imli Chatni,Little chilli powder,Boondi ,Dahi,Chunky Chat Masala)It tastes really good with it so thought of sharing the ingredients for it ;-)

    Thanks Once again


  21. Excellent! Just finished a plate full of it :) was heaven for a weekday dinner. Thanks so much Divya :)

  22. Hi Divya,
    I was searching for a simple Pulao,when I came across this recipe.Will be ideal for Sunday lunch.Maybe some fried paneer along with the vegetables will be nice.Thank you.

  23. hi Divya,
    my mom was out and i tried to make ur recipe, well it was delicious but i added more water in it so it became a mess.. still my dad liked a lot.. thanx for helping...

  24. I really liked your recipe for vegetable pullao, I have posted it under my own recipe for Vegetable Pillao, do take a look when you have a chance.

    I have also recently published a cookbook on healthy Indian food,
    Best Wishes,


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