Rice · Vegetarian

Vegetable Pulao – Aromatic Rice with Vegetables

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Pulao or Pilaf is an aromatic rice dish that is cooked with vegetables or meat, spices and dry nuts. Vegetable Pulao is a very comforting and easy rice dish that is full of mild flavors from whole spices and vegetables.

It is a simple recipe that can be prepared using any vegetables you have at home, fresh or frozen! I make it in a pressure cooker when I want a quick one-pot meal. But I prefer to make it in a pan or wok, as I like my vegetables to be crunchy!

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Recipe                                                 Servings: 6                             Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 medium sized carrot, diced
  • 4 oz. mushrooms, quartered
  • ½ red bell pepper, cubed
  • ½ green bell pepper, cubed
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup corn kernels (I roasted mine)
  • 2 medium onions, finely sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 4-5 black peppercorns
  • 4 green cardamom
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ star anise
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder (cayenne pepper)
  • ½ tsp. garam masala powder
  • 2 Tbsp. ghee or butter
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • Salt to taste
  • cilantro, chopped
  • Few strands of saffron
  • 1 Tbsp. milk


  • Wash rice and soak it with couple cloves, a green cardamom and little salt for 15- 20 minutes. Cook until fully cooked.
  • Warm milk in a bowl and add saffron strands to it.
  • Heat oil and ghee in a big pan. Add cumin seeds, bay leaves, cardamoms, star anise, cloves, cinnamon stick and peppercorns. Let them crackle.
  • Add sliced onions and sauté until translucent.
  • Add the cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and cook for couple minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, peas and bell peppers. Stir-fry for few more minutes.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, tomatoes, chili powder, salt, turmeric, garam masala powder and cook until the vegetables are cooked. Make sure they have some crunch and are not too soft.
  • Add cooked rice and saffron soaked milk. Gently mix them all together, making sure not to break the rice grains.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • Serve it with raita or mint chutney.

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  • You can even garnish with raisins and cashews.
  • No worries if there is no saffron.
  • You can use frozen vegetables of your choice to save time.

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