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Veg Pulao (Vegetable Pulao Recipe)

Veg Pulao (Vegetable Pulao Recipe)

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cuisine India
Servings 2
Calories 150 kcal


  • 200g Basmati rice
  • 300g mixed vegetables cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 onion cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 300ml hot water and 100ml warm whole milk
  • Few strands of Saffron (optional)
  • Dry nuts
  • 20g raisins
  • 3 tablespoons Ghee or oil
  • Salt to taste


  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3-4 green cardamoms
  • 5-6 cloves
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala


  • Wash the rice very well under running water. Then leave it in the strainer for half an hour to air dry.
  • Soak the Saffron strands in a small bowl with a little milk.
  • Put a pot on medium heat with the oil or Ghee and wait until it gets hot. Add all the whole spices (bay leaf, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and cumin). Wait a few seconds and add chopped onion. Fry them until they are transparent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste. Fry for a few seconds and add the vegetables, a pinch of salt and garam masala. Sauté everything together for a few minutes until the vegetables are little soft.
  • Add the rice and mix everything well. Fry the rice over medium-low heat with the vegetables for one minute while stirring. Then add the hot water, warm milk and salt.
  • Stir everything and let it cook over medium-low heat. When the water level is equal to the level of the rice, add raisins. Cover the pot with a lid and lower the heat to a minimum.
  • Wait 15 minutes and do not lift the lid during these 15 minutes.
  • Then turn off the flame and open the lid. Sprinkle the Saffron mixed with milk. Sprinkle a pinch of garam masala and put the lid back on the pot. Let it rest with for few minutes.
  • Give it a gentle stir to puff it up very carefully and add the roasted nuts.
  • Serve hot with tomato raita (yoghurt and tomato sauce) or with any curry dish.


Tips and tricks:

  • To prepare Pulao the measure of water is double that of rice, but as we are going to add milk, I used 300ml of hot water and 100ml of warm milk.
  • If you don't have Ghee, you can substitute it with butter.
  • If you buy the raw nuts, you have to roast them in the oil first.