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Monday, January 16, 2012

Vegetable Pulao Recipe-How to make Vegetable Pulao -2

This is the most comforting one pot meal for me and my whole family.We all love it very much.If you do not have much time but want to prepare a quick and comforting meal, then this is a perfect choice. It is perfect for office lunch box and kids lunch box also. This time I prepared a South Indian style brinjal gravy/kulambu as a side dish for this. Believe me, the combo tasted awesome. (stay tuned for the recipe) I have already posted easy and less spicy vegetable rice before without ginger-garlic paste or tomato puree, this is slightly different from that as I have added tomato paste and ginger garlic paste to this vegetable pulao.Today let us learn how to prepare easy vegetable pulao using the pressure cooker followong this easy mixed vegetable pulao recipe-

Vegetable Pulao-How to make vegetable pulao

Vegetable Pulao-How to make Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 25 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryRice/Pulao Recipes
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Basmati rice -1 cup
   Onion - 1
   Green chilli -2
   Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Tomato - 1 (puree it)
   Mint leaves - handful
   Mixed Vegetables
   Peas - 1/3 cup
   Lemon juice -2 tsp

   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Chilli powder - 1 tsp
   Salt as required.

   For the seasoning

   Oil -2 tsp
   Ghee - 1 tsp
   Cinnamon -1 inch piece
   Cardamom -1
   Bay leaf -1
   Cloves -2

   For garnishing

   Coriander leaves


Soak rice for 20 minutes. Drain the water completely and keep it aside.

Cut the vegetables lengthwise. (Vegetables I used- beans-6-7, potato -1, cauliflower-6 florets, 1/2 a carrot)

Wash cauliflower well and put it in salted hot water for 5 minutes.

Blend 1 tomato to a paste.


Take a pressure cooker or a pressure pan, heat ghee + oil, add the ingredients mentioned under 'for the seasoning'.  After it splutters, add onions and saute till they turn transparent.

Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

Add tomato puree, green chilli, mixed vegetables, peas, turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt, mint leaves, drained rice and saute for a few minutes.

Then add 2 cups of hot water, lemon juice and close the cooker without weight. Keep it on medium flame.

After it is half cooked, stir the contents and close the cooker with weight. Simmer for 4-5 minutes and switch it off.

Open the cooker, after the pressure subsides. Hot steaming pulao is ready to be served with side dish of your choice. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Perfect Side dish for Pulao

Potato chips

Mixed vegetable raita

Potato gravy

Cucumber raita (vellarikkai pachadi)

Paneer butter masala

Lauki kofta

Dum aloo

Brinjal gravy (South Indian style)

Do you love One pot meals just like me, then find lot of one pot meals recipes in the link below

Indian One pot meals


All the recipes in Padhuskitchen has been tried and tested in my kitchen several times, so even a novice can try with confidence.

Tips for beginners- If you take 1 cup of rice, salt needed will be approximately 2 tsp. You can taste the water to check salt. If the water is slightly salty, then it will be perfect once the rice is done.

Instead of cooking directly in the cooker, transfer the contents to another vessel and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Do let me know if you have any doubts.

Stay tuned for the brinjal gravy side dish for this pulao , until then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


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  2. Vegetable pulao is very healthy option to put in kids lunch box.. looks delicious...

  3. hey, this is good. i always mess up while making pulao. it tastes like fried rice. let me try your way

  4. looks awesome and so inviting..

  5. Vegetable pulao looks delicious.

  6. Delicious and perfectly done pulao...

  7. Yummy and very simple to make thanks dear

  8. Perfect looking pulao...Love it anyday.

  9. Once again, I am captured by those lovely artwork in your blog. I liked the painting on your Home page, very much.

  10. Hello padhu,

    first time here. nice blog. saw your detailed write up of idiyappam and i have given a link from my blog to yours on it. cheer,
    Sona of "Quick Picks".

  11. Very lovely and delicious Veg pulao ..looks so yumm....Thanks so much Padhu for trying out the kofta 65 recipe....I am really glad to know that you liked it ...sorry abt the late reply as I was on holiday to India so couldn't mail you regarding that:)

  12. I am loving your blog! I do almost all of my recipes from your blog! Great going!!!

  13. I love your blog! I follow almost all of my cooking from your blog! Thank you and please keep writing!

  14. Hello Padhu. Hope u are doing well. Thank you for the blog,looks interesting.I wanna try this dish tomo before which i ve a question, U ve mentioned add 2 cups of hot water, lemon juice and close the cooker without weight. Keep it in medium flame. Can you please tell me for how long should i leave it in cooker? like, how many whistles, please? Thank you

  15. I have done it directly in the cooker.You have to keep it in medium flame, till the rice is half cooked.You have to open the cooker and see.Then stir the contents, close the cooker, put weight and keep it in low flame for a few minutes till rice is done.
    If you are new to cooking,instead of preparing directly in the cooker,you can prepare everything in a kadai, transfer the contents to another vessel and pressure cook for 3 whistles and switch off. Hope this helps.

  16. I am a big fan of your recipies. I made the brinjal kulambu once and I have been making it every now and then. Today I made your pulao recipe and it came out very well; I'm so happy.

    Instead of cooking the rice half way with lid open. I put the lid and weight on and let the cooker go 2 whistles (one on Medium high and one on Medium and another 2.5 minutes on low). It looked like there was a little too much water when I open the cooker, but I used a fork to fulff it and by the time it cooled down a little bit, it was the perfect pulao!

    I can't wait to make this for my mom! She will be very proud of me.

  17. Hi I just tried your recipe today actually it is still getting cooked. The doubt I had is how much time does it take to see if it is half cooked. I am not a cook so i depend on the time a lot.


  18. Dear Vinnie
    I am really sorry for the late reply as I had connectivity problem. When almost 3/4 of the water has evaporated, you can put the weight and keep in low flame.What I suggest for the new ones to the kitchen is instead of cooking in the cooker or pressure pan directly, you can do everything in a kadai or pan, transfer the contents to another vessel and pressure cook for 3 whistles.Hope this helps

  19. Thanks Padhu.That really helps. By the way I tried your recipe as I mentioned earlier and I was waiting for it to get it half cooked, after sometime I tried opened the cooker to stir the contents and to my surprise everything got cooked perfectly. S I think I might have left the cooker on high flame which evaporated the water. But it came out nice and my friend and I enjoyed it.

    Thanks once again for your awesome recipe :)

  20. Hai ru...nee full name enti...Meeru chepina vidangaaa ne pulao chesaam...super ga undi...Madi bachelor room... Andaram ga enti ante naa daling okati undi daaaniki eeeeeeemmmm raaadu...koncham Meeru daaaniki Koni vantalu nerpinchandi.....MEE REPLY KOSAM WAIT CHESTUNNA MEE SHREYOBHILAASI....

  21. I really liked your recipe for vegetable pullao. I have posted a link to it under my own recipe for Vegetable Pillao.
    I have also recently published a cookbook on healthy Indian food.
    Best wishes,
    Cheeku Bhasin

  22. Wow,
    I prepared Veg Pulav and it is yummy tastee!!!

  23. Hi Padhu I tried this today it came out well... Thanks for sharing this....

  24. Wow,
    I prepared Veg Pulav and it is yummy tastee!!!


  25. Thank u for the woderful vegetable rice...yesterday is my husband's birthday...he likes vegetable rice..but only this time i have made an awesome vegetable rice that too non sticky one..thanku padhu

  26. Thanks a lot for recipe! I prepared Pulao or the first time today and I just can't believe I prepared it!!!

  27. Tried cooking it in a pressure cooker.but rice turned out to be very soggy.

  28. Deepa - It might be due to the quality of rice. Usually we add water in the ratio 1:2 for pulaos and biryani.
    Next time try frying rice in 1 tsp ghee and then cook and also try reducing the water. For 1 cup of rice add 1 1/2 -1 3/4 cups of water instead of 2
    Even better you cook rice in a pan with lid.

  29. hey
    just wanted to ask how to many whistles u give in pressure cooker

  30. Iwishicouldfly- I have written everything clearly. Also read tips for beginners.Kindly read it.

  31. Today I made your veg pulao and it came out very well..Served it along with chicken.My husband liked it very much.. Thank you...

  32. Hi... paddu.. i love all your recipes... Im a beginner... newly married im struggling with cooking... I have to ask you one doubt.. Everytime while using tamarind water im unaware about measurements.. so it food became somewhat.. Can u help me please ?

  33. Priyadharshini -Thank you for liking my recipes.It is always better to use less tamarind.

  34. Hi. Padhu, your receipes are very good. I love them all. I have almost tried all ur pulao receipes and bath rice. Very nice. Its helpful. Thanks a lot

  35. HI Padhu, Ur doing a good job!!! :-)

  36. Hi mam ...Cn I try ths pulao wid kashmiri red chilli powder plz let m knw soon ...

  37. Tried vegetable palav ,it was easier to prepare and very tasty .Thank you.

  38. HI Padhu
    I tried this recipe and turned out well. Thank you so much . All your instructions are very crisp and clear and creates interest in cooking many new things. Even time consuming ones feels easy to do without much strain.

  39. Namaste. I prepared Veg Pulav today. Unbelievable, tasted better than any restaurant. Though I adjusted the recipe to no onion garlic still tasted excellent. Thanks for your simple guidance, it makes cooking look very simple. I have also tried Jeera rice that also came out very well.
    God bless you.

  40. Can i prepare the pulao using rice cooker instead of pressure cooker?

  41. Veg pulao is my fav dish as I am a vegetarian. I cook the pulao in various different ways and now is the time to relish the same as per your dish..thank u for the recipe...

  42. Hi Padhu, This is really useful and it came out well for me as a beginner. The pulav as such smelled good but there was raw smelled taste when we ate it. After much of cooling of rice that raw smell taste was not ther and it tasted excellent. This happened to me in earlier try also. Please suggest me where I might have gone wrong..How to get rid of this rawness smell/taste.

    1. Is it the raw taste of onions or masala or rice- you have not mentioned. Whatever it is saute well until the rawness goes. Then add water and cook.

  43. Tried this & was a super hit!! My husband jus loved it.. We have become a huge fan of your receipe's & thanks a ton for making cooking enjoyable!!

  44. Awesome recipe..i have tried it n it turned out very well..received good comments from my husband..thank u padhu shankar

  45. I would like to know the quantity of 1 cup

  46. Hi Padhu! I love your website and your recipes. You always mention everything clearly step by step. Great work. I have a doubt. What is the procedure to cook the same in an electric rice cooker ?

    1. Thank you so much for liking my recipes. The procedure for making veg puloa in electric rice cooker is the same. After adding water and lemon juice, close and switch on the rice cooker. Once it is done, it will come to keep warm mode. Then you can transfer the pulao to a casserole as if it is left in the rice cooker, it becomes dry.

  47. Your recipes are just awesome...


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