Vegetable Pulav

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Whenever I think of this dish my mouth starts watering.  Veg Pulav though a common dish at home and at functions, there seem to be so many variations of it. And many of them are equally good. Here is my version, give it a shot and leave your feedback. Leave a note if you have significant variations as well. Here meanwhile is a link to other one-pot meals/rice items.

What you need to have:

1. Basumati rice – 1 cup

2. Chopped carrots – 1/4 cup

3. Chopped French Beans – 1/3 cup

4. Green peas – 1/2 cup

5. Chopped florets – 1/2 cup

Washed and drained Basumati rice

Chopped variety of veggies

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Chopped onions  – 1 and 1/2  cups

2. Cumin seeds – 1 Teaspoon

3. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

4. Garam masala powder – 1 Teaspoon

5.Cashew – A handful

6. Resins – A handful

Ingredients of Seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and drain water from basumati rice and keep it aside as shown in image 1.

2. Wash and chop all the veggies and keep it aside seperately as shown in image 2. Also wash, peal and chop onions lengthwise and keep it aside as shown in image 3.

3. Place a cooker with 2 tablespoons of cooking oil/ghee on medium flame. When heated add cumin seeds to it. When it sputters add cashews and resins to it. When fried add chopped onions from step 2 to it and also add salt to it so that onions do not get burnt. When done add turmeric powder, garam masala powder to it and stir well.

Ingredients of Wet Masala:

1. Onion(medium) – 1

2. Fresh grated coconut – 2 Tablespoons

3. Garlic pods – 5-6

4. Chopped coriander leaves – A handful

5. Tomato(medium) -1

6.  Green chillies – As per taste( i have used 4-5)

7. Ginger – 1/2 ” piece

8. Poppy seeds – 1 /2 Teaspoon

Ingredients of Wet Masala

4. Grind the above ingredients of wet masala in the mixer adding required quantity of water in steps to a fine consistency. The ground masala is as shown in the image below. All ingredients of the masala should be ground raw only.

Ground Wet Masala

5. Now add Basumati rice from step 1 to the seasoning in the cooker in step 4 and just stir for a while. Add also the chopped vegies from step 2 to it and also mix well.

6. Finally add ground wet masala from step 5 to it and mix till it is mixed well on a medium-low flame. Add required quantity of water and check for salt and close the lid of the cooker with the weight placed. When done enjoy warm with the salad of your choice.

Ready to serve Veg-pulav with salad

Number of servings: 5-6

How long it takes: 1 hour


37 thoughts on “Vegetable Pulav

    Deepa said:
    June 21, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Pulav looks delicious..I like your step-by-step presentation….

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 22, 2010 at 7:44 am

      Hi Deepa,

      Now it is raining and feel like having something spicy .

    Shilpa Rao said:
    June 21, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Hi PAchi,

    This is amazing, aaji ratri jevanaka pulav ani raita slurppppp!!!! hats off to you.

    Best Regards,


      prathibalrao responded:
      June 22, 2010 at 7:43 am

      Hi Shilpa,

      Pulav kornu makka sanga kashi jalle lmonu please.

        Shilpa Rao said:
        June 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

        HI PAchi,

        IT was yumm, But since I put less green chilles it was not very spicy, Yet the taste and combination was excellent, I reached home late from work, and made this Pulav in a jiffy. Really very fast tasty and nutritious.



        prathibalrao responded:
        June 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm

        Hi Shilpa,

        Since it was less spicy your kid might have enjoyed no?????????

    vanamala said:
    June 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Nice recipe…

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 22, 2010 at 7:46 am

      Hi Vanamala,

      Thanx a lot for your sweet words of appreciation.

    Aparna said:
    June 22, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Very nice looking pulao, I also add chakke (cinnamon) and lavanga while grinding. I see that you have not added those. any particular reason?

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 22, 2010 at 7:39 am

      Hi Aparna,

      I have added the garam masala powder made at home which is quiet strong enough and it contains all the ingredients.

    saranya said:
    June 22, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Hello Madam,

    Just made this recipe. I didnt have coriander leaves so skipped it in the wet masala and the result was a nice red looking biriyani! The biriyani which i usually make is some what similar to how you have mentioned except that I dont add raw onions to the wet masala.

    Nice recipe! Thanks for sharing!


      prathibalrao responded:
      June 22, 2010 at 10:40 am

      Hi Saranya,

      Thanx for your feed back which i always welcome. Did you add Beetroot or the red chillies for pulav to turn red?????????????

        saranya said:
        June 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm

        neither! I think the red color was due to tomatoes and garam masala!

        prathibalrao responded:
        June 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm

        Hi Saranya,

        Thanx for your quick response.

    praniskitchen said:
    June 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

    wow delicious one. hey prathibha my mouth started waterinfg while seeing this puicture.. superb and the raitha is the perfect combo for this rice dish..

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm

      Hey Praniskitchen,

      Like you i also love veg-pulav any time.

    Deepti Satish said:
    June 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Dear Pratibha Aunty,
    Tried the recipe. Came out really well. I have never made Pulav/rice in cooker ever. Please let me know how much water do you add and how many whistles. I cook all my pulao and Biryani in a Deghchi. So not sure about the cooker method. Would love try it though. Have got the watermelon, will try the watermelon dosa and let you know.

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Deepti satish,

      Preparing pulav or any rice item is easy as far as cooker is concerned. For Basumati rice just add 1 and 1/2 water for 1 cup of water if you want it to be as shown in the image. If a little smoother add a little more. I never wait for whistles. I just cook it on sim for about 25 minutes after i fix the weight. Once the hissing sound comes i just switch it off.(If rice is new then water proportion could be even little less for pulav to be perfect.)

    Deepti Satish said:
    June 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks you very much Aunty. I shall surely try my Pulav in the cooker next time. It saves lot of time too.

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Deepti,

      Any rice item you better try in cooker itself. The reason being the oil content , aroma etc., also remains intact in the dish only.

    A Little Yumminess said:
    June 24, 2010 at 10:44 am

    This looks great. I will have to make it for my daughter!

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

      Do try it out. Your kid may love it.

    mamatha said:
    July 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    it looks mouth watering.I will definetly prepare this week
    Just I want to know, if I put cauliflower in the pulav, it becomes mushy and gives bad smell, I don’t know is it because of the one we get here in US is different,
    please let me know.

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Mamatha,

      You may try the Brocoli available there. Directly cook the florets adding a little salt till half done and add for a trial.

    Jyothi said:
    July 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Pulao is my anytime favourite dish. I too have tried it in various versions. Your version is almost the same as mine. I am a regular visitor to ur site. Thanks for giving nice recipes!!!!

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Jyothi,

      Thanx a lot for your comments. Every one has different versions of pulav , but since is my favorite as well i would love to enjoy any.

    kavitha said:
    August 11, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Hi aunty,

    Tried this recipe. it was good.


    vishwas said:
    August 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    thank you,very good recipe.we done successively.

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      Hi Vishwas,

      I love similar feed-backs and thanx a lot.

    Raji Nair said:
    June 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

    hi Prathibha,

    i am gonna try this now. its very clear to follow . but i dont have kothambir yaar, hope it will turn delicious. my kids dont like south indian style food. today they will be happy.

    nammu said:
    June 11, 2012 at 12:44 am

    mami,i tried with vegy pulav..and it was simply too good… thanks for the wonderful recipe…

    prathibalrao responded:
    June 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Nammu,

    Very happy 2 c u after a long time with a wonderful feed back. Thanx a lot .

    john said:
    May 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

    very nice delicious …..reminds me of the university days we ate pulav at hotels very similar.
    thank you

    ganesh said:
    July 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    gr8 recipe,,,,,my fav too……recipe for raitha please

    ganesh said:
    July 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    and one more thing… using normal rice( sona massoori)… much water should i add for 1 cup rice n cook how long?

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Hi Ganesh,

      If the rice is old you can add 2 cups of water while cooking and cook for just 25 minutes in all once it starts boiling!!!!!!!!!!

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Hi Ganesh,

      The link for your raitha is here. Do try it out and send me da feed back please.

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