Sunday, February 24, 2013

Potato Rice-Potato Capsicum Pulao-Aloo Pulao Recipe

This is a simple and delicious one pot meal made with potatoes and capsicum. It makes a perfect lunch box recipe. It is so easy to make and is healthy and filling. Kids and adults will love this a lot.Today we will learn how to prepare Aloo Capsicum Pulao (Indian style) in pressure cooker following our easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Potato Rice
Potato Rice-Mixed Veg Raita-Seasoned curd rice
How to make Potato Capsicum Pulao

Prep time - under 15 mins
Cook time - under 30 mins
Serves - 2

Ingredients needed

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Baby potatoes -10-12
Capsicum -2  medium size
Onion -1
Tomato puree - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste

For Grinding masala 

Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Ginger -1 small bit
Garlic -3 cloves
Red chillies - 5
Coriander seeds -1 tsp
Grated coconut - 1 tbsp

Grind all the above ingredients raw to a smooth paste.

Dry powder

Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder -1/2 tsp flat

For the seasoning

Oil - 2 tbsp
Bay leaf - 1
Cumin seeds/jeera - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece


Soak basmati rice for 20 minutes, drain the water completely and keep it aside.

Pressure cook potatoes till soft but not mushy. Peel the skin and keep it ready.

Cut 1 onion length wise and grind 1 or 2 tomatoes as we need half cup of tomato puree also.

Cut capsicum into slightly bigger pieces and keep it ready.

Grind the ingredients mentioned under grinding to a smooth paste and keep it ready. Our masala paste for the pulao is ready below.

masala for potato rice


Heat oil in a pan or pressure cooker/pan, add bay leaf, jeera seeds and cinnamon, when jeera sizzles, add thinly sliced onions and saute until onions turn translucent.

How to make potato rice

Add capsicum and saute for a few more seconds.

Then add the ground paste, cooked potatoes, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and saute until the raw smell goes.

Potato capsicum pulao

Now add the tomato puree and saute until everything gets blended well.

Aloo Pulao

Add 1 1/4 cup of water, salt needed and bring it to boil. (remember we have added 1/2 cup of tomato puree and masala paste, so you do not have to add 2 cups of water)

When water starts boiling, add the drained basmati rice, mix well and close the cooker without weight. Keep it in low flame. When it is half cooked, stir the contents and close it with the weight and keep it in very low flame for 4-5 minutes.

Open the cooker, fluff it gently with a fork, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with raita/pachadi.

Note - If you cannot get baby potatoes, you can pressure cook big potatoes and cut it into cubes.

You can cook rice in any method you are comfortable with. Refer other methods on How to cook Basmati Rice.

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  1. Very inviting and colorful potato pulao.

  2. love this pulao with tangy touch, super presentation too...

  3. Never heard this combination(potato and capsicum) before. I should try this. This is a easy & yummy recipe. Thx Padhu.

  4. ha ha lovely pulao ! my version of potato rice is very simple ! i have to try this soon !

  5. Healthy and yummy recipe.. looks awesome !!

  6. I love one pot meals, especially tasty one's like these!

  7. Tried this pulao today, if was a big hit. Everyone in the family liked it.

  8. Tried this pulao today - it was a big hit. Everyone liked it.

  9. Making it right now and the smell is fantastic!

  10. Padhu can't we add potato directly without cooking seperately and saute for few min so that it s cooked?

    1. I have used baby potatoes which will take a long time if cooked directly. You can peel the skin, chop potatoes and then add if you want to cook it directly. But I recommend cooking baby potatoes separately.

  11. Wonderful post! Is it possible to omit onions in this recipe?

  12. Such a wonderful recipe! Filling and Healthy and never fails to serve for the last minute dinner option. So easy to make too!

  13. love this recipie. gonna try ths tomorrow :)

  14. Wow it's very nice. Thanks for the lovely recipe.


  15. I tried this too. Yummy and tasty and easy😃😃😃😃😃😃

  16. Would it be good if we try the same with brown rice. ?

  17. This came out so well and my husband just loved it!! Thank you for the recipie and keep posting more.

  18. All your recipes are superb. I'm going to make this pulao for the second time. Last time it came out well. Thanks for your recipes.

  19. Thanks a lot mam!all ur recipes are delicious..

  20. Can you tell me the quantity of big potatoes instead of baby potato mam....

    1. For 1 cup of rice, you can use 3 medium sized potatoes.

  21. can we use any other vegetable instead of capsicum

  22. It's so yumm.. 😋 thanks for sharing..


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