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Vegetable Pulao is a one pot, delicious,aromatic and a filling rice dish. It is a popular Indian Cuisine recipe which every household has its own version of this easy recipe.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Main Meal, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables raw
  • 1 cup onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 6 - 8 peppercorns
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 - 6 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tsp garam masala or pulao spice mixture


  • Wash the rice and soak it in 1 cup of water till you get the vegetables ready.
  • Prepare the vegetables. Cut them all in almost equal size. I like them to be roughly the size of the peas or corn.
  • Heat oil and ghee in a deep pan over medium heat.
  • When it is hot, add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, red chilli, star anise, bay leaf and peppercorns. Stir fry for a few minutes.
  • Add mustard and cumin seeds.
  • When they begin to sizzle, add the asafoetida and sliced onions.
  • Stir fry them till they become soft and light brown in colour.
  • Add garlic and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add the ginger and green chilli pastes. Mix well.
  • Add the cashew nuts and raisins. Stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add turmeric powder and biryani masala or garam masala. Stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the vegetables and mix well. Add the rice with the water , coconut milk and salt. Mix well gently.
  • Cover the pan and cook over low heat till the rice is done. This usually takes about 20 minutes.
  • Take the pan off the heat when the pulao is done. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before you serve.
  • Serve hot vegetable pulao with yogurt, papad, papdi, raita, kadhi, pickles of your choice.


  • You may need an extra ¼ - ½ cup water as the amount required all depends on the rice. Check while the rice is cooking. If the water is over and the rice feels a bit raw add hot water.
  • Adjust the spices according to your taste.
  • Vegetable Pulao tastes good when served with plain yogurt, raita or kadhi.
  • Add vegetables of your choice.
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