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Vegetable Rice | Vegetable Pulav | Vegetable Pulao

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Course: Vareity Rice
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Vidya Srinivasan


  • Basmati Rice - 3/4 cup
  • Chopped carrots - 1/2 cup
  • Chopped beans - 1/2 cup
  • Fresh /Frozen peas - 1/4 cup
  • Chopped Onion - 1/2 cup
  • Garlic - 1 tbsp finely chopped
  • Ginger powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Water - 1 cup + 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Poppy seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Salt - as needed
  • Ghee or oil - 1 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp I used ghee
  • sesame oil - 2 drops
  • Croutons - as required


  • Soak rice in warm water and drain
  • Add 1 tbsp of ghee to the pressure cooker.  When the ghee is hot, add whole spices and cook for 30 seconds
  • Furthermore, add garlic and give a quick stir
  • Add onion and saute for 1 minute
  • Furthermore, add 1/2 tbsp of ghee and cook till onions turn translucent
  • Add carrots, beans, green chilli, salt, frozen peas, and ginger powder one by one and mix well in between
  • Furthermore add rice and cardamom powder, saute for one minute
  • Pour 1 + 1/2 cup of water and boil
  • After the water starts frothy boil,  mix well to make sure rice is not stuck to the cooker
  • Add two drops of sesame oil and pressure cook for two whistles; turn off the stove
  • After the pressure subsides naturally, open the cooker
  • Gently mix the rice and add coriander leaves
  • Finally, add croutons before serving


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  1. You can also  grind onion and green Chilli, and make pulav
  2. If you don't gave croutons add fried bread for extra crisp
  3. You can saute cashew and add for extra crunch
  4. Fried onions can be added to garnish
  5. Can cook pulav  in heavy-bottomed pan or rice cooker with 1:2 water
  6. For the instant pot version no need to soak the rice. use 1 cup + 1/4 cup water and cook on manual mode 5 minutes, high temperature and natural release
  7. Adjust the water according to the basmati rice you use. For kids' easy digestion I prefer 1:2 water. You can add 1:1/2 ratio rice: water if you prefer not so soft cooked rice
  8. Paneer and mushroom can be added
  9. Instead of adding whole spices, you can add garam masala powder
  10. Ginger garlic paste can be used instead of fresh garlic and ginger powder 
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