Vegetable Pulao | The Novice Housewife

I have made this vegetable pulao so many times now but somehow have not posted the recipe for it on the blog. Let’s correct that today!

The reason why I turn to this recipe for vegetable pulao is that its so easy to make and even though it can be served as a side, with a little more veggies in the mix it doubles up perfectly as a main. The best part though- this pulao is a one pot meal. So clean up is easy too.

I have barely adapted this recipe from Soma’s blog Soma suggests not to use veggies like broccoli or cauliflower so that the flavors of the spices are distinct. Since I make this dish for a complete meal I do add some veggies, especially cauliflower. And then serve it raita and pickle. If using the pulao as a side you can leave out the cauliflower.

Vegetable Pulao | The Novice Housewife

The beauty of this recipe is that it comes together in roughly 30 minutes. Plus, as mentioned earlier it just dirties one pan. No wonder I make it so often!

I would have posted this recipe a little earlier, but I have had issues with my macbook. Its actually been troubling me for a long time and I have finally decided to retire it. I am hoping I get this recipe posted in time for GMT but if I dont you know why.

Vegetable Pulao | The Novice Housewife

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GMT : Vegetable Pulao
Recipe type: side, main
Cuisine: Indian
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 3 cups water (might need to add a little more if using cauliflower)
  • 4 tbsp ghee
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3-4 green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 inch stick cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1-2 tsp red chilli powder
  • Few saffron threads mixed in a tbsp of warm water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 potato, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup chopped green beans
  • ½ cup peas,
  • 1 cauliflower, chopped
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • You can also add carrots, but I chose not to
  1. Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes
  2. In a large enough pan to cook the rice add ghee and let it heat. Once hot add the whole spices. Let sizzle and then add the cumin seeds. Fry for a few seconds and then add the coriander and red chilli powder.
  3. Add the veggies and cook them for 3-4 minutes. Till the water dries out.
  4. Add the rice and cook for 4 minutes till the moisture evaporates. Add the water, along with salt, pepper and saffron. Increase heat to high and cook for 8 minutes or till the water on the top evaporates and you can see the rice. Cover tightly and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for another 8-10 minutes.
  5. Switch off heat and uncover. Fluff up the rice. The rice should be cooked but not mushy.
  6. Keep uncovered, till cool. Let it sit for a few hours for the flavors to develop. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Vegetable Pulao | The Novice Housewife


11 Thoughts on “GMT : Vegetable Pulao

  1. Yay! You at least made it to Thursday so its still GMT! 🙂 When I read that it can be a side, I wondered how and why – that is very new to me. I jut recently chanced up Soma’s blog and she has amazing collection of Indian food. This veg pulao recipe is so much the way I do Masala macaroni! 😛 Even I resort to these one pot meal as it is easy on every way from less dishes to do and no curries to make! lovely pictures Shumaila!

  2. sounds yummy! a total must try

  3. I love your GMT series, and this pulao looks delicious – in fact it’s almost exactly how we make pulao at home 🙂 I’m so sorry to hear about your laptop and I hope you sort that issue out soon!

    • Thanks Richa 🙂 Have got a new laptop, it was long due. So hopefully the woes have ended, though have to transfer and delete all the stuff from the old laptop, which is going to be a pain.

  4. I love pulao, sometimes with mixed vegetables and sometimes with lentils. it just taste scrumptious without being too heavy! Yours look totally exotic and flavorful!
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  5. The setting makes me hungry. Very well photographed.

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