April 1, 2013

Veg - Pulao / Vegetable Pulav / Vegetable Rice (Cooker Method)


                 Ever wondered the easy way to prepare a pot of pulao (Still confused if I should use Pulao or Pulav or Pilaf?) with vegetables of your choice - then here it is. Super simple recipe that I love to prepare any number of times. This is one regular dish I cook for pot-luck parties. The colour - white rice, with red and green spots is so attractive - I usually don't go crazy about what I cook, but this one is surely an exception.


Basumathi Rice - 2/3 cup
Beans - 2/3 cup
Carrot - 2/3 cup
Peas - 2/3 cup
Onion - 2/3 cup (Finely chopped)
Cooking oil - 1 tablespoon
Ghee - 1 tablespoon
Garlic - 1 tablespoon(Finely chopped)
Cardamon - 1 no
Star anise - 1 no
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
Bay leaf - 2 no's
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Fennel Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - as needed
Water - (2/3 cup + 1/2 cup)

  • Heat Ghee and oil, add Cardamon,Star anise,Cinnamon,Bay leaf,Cumin seeds,Fennel seeds and saute for 30 seconds.

  • Add chopped garlic and saute to light brown.

  • Add onion and saute till they are transparent. 

  • Add the vegetables with required salt and saute for 2 minutes(until vegetables are half cooked).

  • Now add Rice and saute for 30 seconds.Then add water, mix well and check for salt. Pressure cook running only one whistle and switch off the stove.

  • Open after the pressure is released completely and mix the pulao well.

  • Vegetable Pulao is ready to serve.

  • I use India Gate Basumathi rice. We can also use normal rice/Sona masoori.
  • I also add Corn - 1/2 cup and Potato - 1/4 cup - but here I couldn't add because I din't have them at home.
  • Add some Raisins and Cashew to increase the richness of the rice.
  • Add only 1/8th cup of chopped onions if you want your pulao to be pearl white.
  • Rice cooking differs from the type of rice used. For any basumathi rice I prefer only one whistle. For sona masoori it might take 3 whistles to cook.


  1. Hi,pulav is looking so pretty, just want to eat it up. And a simmple prep method too.

  2. Pulao looks really yummy!! Wonderful clicks!! :)

  3. The pulav looks so delish Divya. I never use my cooker for Basmati Rice - I'm afraid I will over cook the rice :D May be I should give it a try next time. Love the clicks :)

    1. Thank you priya...i am sure the rice will not get overcooked if water level,whistle count are perfect. i dont soak rice and i use 1-1/4 cup measurement for the cup of rice...you have to try this way because it saves time.

  4. wow.i do it exactly like thius..its soo easy ...yummy pulav

  5. Even i do veg pulao quite often in pressure cooker,inviting and prefectly cooked pulao.

  6. Looks perfect dear :) Ideal for pot luck parties.. Less hassle & superbb taste !!

  7. looks so good and beautiful click...

  8. nice click divya..healthy pulao with loads of veggie

  9. wow perfectly made pulav divya .. nice grainy rice ,lovely clicks too Tempting me badly .. i want that plate full of pulav now :P

  10. A healthy wholesome meal. Very nice pictures...

  11. Oppol... is one whistle suffient 4 cuking the rice?
    also by putting chopped veggies along, will not that get over cooked??

    1. We should half cook the vegetables. One whistle is absolutely perfect. i tried the same with different kind of basumathi rice. in chennai also i did the same. thank you for your valuable comment my sissi

  12. Oppol you wont believe that the veg pulav i make has bcum a signature dish in my list too :)
    I make it more or less the way u mentioned..but the way i cook rice differs.
    The litle changes i do 4 making the rice cook and look good is i use 2:1 ratio of water and basmati rice. i get cooked long pulav rice in 5-6min over 4-5 whistles in medium flame.
    I cook the rice first in cooker, without putting the veggies but with ghee, cloves, cashews, and onions.
    will saute the chopped veggies in another pan with litle ghee 4 sum 5min and then add them to the cooked pulav rice and give a quick mix without harming the texture of the rice.
    that makes it complete n yummy :)

    1. Happy to know your pulav is your winning dish - i would love to have some ;).
      May be there is a difference with rice...i hope basumathi cooks fast...wonder how it goes for 4-5 whistles.i use 1-1/4 cup water for 1 cup of rice.
      i loved your version...i am not sure whether that takes a bit more time while preparing. The version you mentioned here is not one pot meal. you cook both separate and then mix up. i will try this version the way you mentioned and will also post it in future....Thank you dear

  13. Love this.. One of the bests from my wife...

  14. Delicious vegetable pulao, I am a fan of one pot meal.

  15. Hi, I just become your new follower!!!!! Would love to try ur vege pulao but I don't dare to use pressure cooker :(

    1. Thank you satya for stopping by...you can follow the same process in a big pot instead of cooker and close the lid of your pot. Try to keep the flame in medium low.

  16. yeah thank u 4 ur response oppol :)
    will definitely cuk n give u all my recipes once we at home toghter :)

    1. Would love to have those recipes....thank you sissi...

  17. Very healthy pulav recipe and nice post.btw u have a nice space here vth tast recipes..This is MAHA.Catch me at my space when u get sum time..have a good day....

    1. Thank you maha for stopping by...can you give your space address..would love to catch up ;)


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