Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Vegetable Pulao (Pulav)- Using Ground Masala

Vegetable Pulao is one of the popular rice dishes of India. There are so many variations available in the internet. Initially I used to make using the recipe got from my mother. But that was not the way I liked it to be. I used to make few variations and try making it once in a while but never succeeded. 

I tried making 2-3 recipes from Raks Kitchen and just loved it. Recently my SIL made veg pulao and trust me, it turned out so delicious that I had to go for a second serving even though I was full. I noted down the recipe from her so that I can share here. Do try this version and I am sure you all will like it too. The best thing is- you won't bite into the whole spices, as they are ground with other ingredients to form a masala :-)

  • Basmati Rice- 1 cup
  • Onion, medium sized- 1
  • Carrot, Beans, Peas- As required*
  • Bay leaf- 1
  • Oil- 2-3 tsp
  • Ghee- 2-3 tsp
  • Cashew nut- 5-6 (optional) 
  • Salt- To taste
For the Masala:
  • Cilantro/ Coriander leaves- 1/4th of a big bunch (along with the stem)
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen- 4 Tbsp
  • Ginger- 1/2 inch piece
  • Garlic pods, big sized- 2-3
  • Onion, chopped- 1/3 cup
  • Coriander seeds- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Green chilli- 2-3
  • Cloves- 2-3
  • Cinnamon- 2 inch piece
  • Cardamom- 2-3
  • Turmeric Powder- 1/8 tsp
*Add one big carrot, beans- 9-11 (I used frozen), Peas- 1/3- 1/2 cup (I used Frozen). You can also add cauliflower florets, cubed potatoes, soya chunks etc.


Wash and soak rice in enough water for half an hour. Then start to prepare the masala.

For making masala- Give a rough to cilantro and put everything mentioned under "For the Masala" in a mixer and grind it, to get a smooth paste.

 Add few tablespoons of water, while grinding. The paste should not be too watery. Now the masala is ready.

Now start chopping the veggies. I cubed the carrot. Cut the beans into 2-2.5cm in length and thaw the peas. Then slice the onion.

Now heat oil and ghee in a pressure pan (or a nonstick pan). Then add the cashews and bay leaf. Fry for half a minute and then add sliced onions. Let these fry until the onion starts to turn brown.

Then add in the chopped veggies- carrot, beans and peas. Mix well and allow it to fry for 1-2 minutes.

Then add the ground masala. Mix well and fry for 2 minutes.

Finally add the drained rice (which was soaking for half an hour) and mix well. 

After 2 minutes add 1 1/2 cups of water and salt. Give a good mix and close the lid and hear 2-3 whistles. Allow the pressure to go down by itself (if you are not using a cooker, then close the pot with its lid and lower the heat to lowest possible and allow it to cook for 15-20 minutes).
Once done, fluff the rice gently, with a fork. Vegetable Pulao is ready!!

Serve it hot with raita. Above measurement serves two people.


  1. wow wow wow!!! this looks superb! is it possible to remove the word verification for your comments, would be easier for me to comment more :) thanks

  2. Thanks a lot Coral for the appreciation. Between I have not put any verification for the comments.

  3. HI there, today also when i was commenting on your post, I had to comment twice as word verification comes automatically by blogger even if you have not put it. You can go through this post

    It shows you how to remove it. That way you will get more comments on your blog as others will find it easier to comment. Take care and HEY!! I LOVE your recipes. thank you :))

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  5. Yummy pulav - and love the step by step pics. Fab presentation as always - too good

    1. Thanks a lot lata, for your kind words of appreciation. Do try it and let me know.

  6. Thanks a lot for the concern Coral. I checked my settings and have removed word verification. Anyone with a registered account can now comment on my blog :) thanks a lot for pointing it out and explaining it in detail. Between glad that you love my recipes :) you made my day :)

  7. Hi Lakshmi, The least I could do was to help you with this because you are giving so much more. I thought it would be better if you more and more people can comment easily on your blog. Now you will get way more comments since the word verification is gone, it was so easy for me to comment today, it took barely few seconds without the word verification. YIPEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! me so happy :) tc

  8. Everyday I go through your food blog whenever I get little time. Thank you for such detailed pictured recipes......

    1. Thank you so much for your nice comments Usha. Glad you liked it. Do try making them and let me know how it turned out for you!

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