easy and quick vegetable pulao recipe cooked in a pressure cooker. vegetable pulao is a comfort one pot meal when we don’t have time to do elaborate cooking or you have to cook food on a short notice or in a quick time.
here i am sharing the way i make vegetable pulao at home. i sometimes make pulao in a pressure cooker using this recipe or sometimes my mom’s veg pulao recipe. when i have time, i cook in a pot and when no time, i use the pressure cooker.
pressure cooking rice can be tricky. different types of rice will cook at different timings. since i stick to the same brand of organic basmati rice, i now know how much time the grains take to cook. what i have learnt from experience is that its better to soak the rice first. the proportion i use for rice to water is 1: 2 or 1:1.5
while cooking, after adding the rice, stir the grains with the rest of the ingredients well, so that the oil coats each rice grain. i usually pressure cook on a high flame for 2-3 whistles. then let the pressure drop on its own, since the rice is cooking when the cooker is hot and the pressure is there inside it. then i gently fluff the rice before serving.
what i have also seen, is that the more oil the more the food tastes better. i don’t know why. the same is with pulaos too. the veg pulao will be oily, but will taste good too. here i have used 3 tbsp ghee to fry onions and cashews. however, 2 tbsp oil or ghee would also be fine to use.
i add the caramelized onions and cashews to the pulao as a garnish. the crisp onion slices and cashews add a lot of flavor and texture to the pulao. on occasions i also add some mint and coriander leaves while making the pulao. you can easily skip this frying part and make the pulao in just 2 tbsp oil or ghee.
the best part i like about vegetable pulaos is that they are healthy as we add a lot of vegetables to this dish. in this recipe, i have added green peas, mushrooms, carrots, french beans, capsicum/bell pepper, potatoes, tomatoes and onions. you can also add your choice of veggies to the pulao.
easy vegetable pulao recipe below:
- 1.5 cups basmati rice, about 300 grams of basmati rice
- ⅓ cup peas/matar, fresh or frozen
- ¼ cup chopped french beans, chopped
- ⅓ cup chopped carrots, chopped into cubes
- ⅓ cup chopped potatoes, chopped into cubes
- ¼ to ⅓ cup sliced or chopped mushrooms
- ⅓ cup chopped medium cauliflower/gobi florets
- ⅓ cup chopped capsicum, chopped into cubes
- ¼ cup chopped tomatoes or 1 medium sized tomato
- 1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced or about ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions
- 2.5 cups water
- 3 tbsp oil or ghee * check notes
- ½ inch ginger/adrak, roughly chopped
- 3-4 medium garlic cloves/lahsun
- 1 green chili, roughly chopped
- 1 inch cinnamon stick/dal chini
- 2 to 3 green cardamoms/choti elaichi
- 1 black cardamom/badi elaichi
- 2 to 3 cloves/lavang
- 2 single strands of mace/javitri
- 1 medium sized tej patta/indian bay leaf
- 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
- a small piece of stone flower/pathar phool (optional)
- 3 to 4 whole black pepper/sabut kali mirch
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced or about ¼ cup thinly sliced onions
- 12 to 15 cashews/kaju
- 1 tbsp chopped coriander or mint leaves
- rinse the rice till the water runs clears of starch.
- then soak the basmati rice in water for 30 minutes. drain and keep the basmati rice aside.
- heat 3 tbsp ghee or oil in the pressure cooker. add sliced onions.
- saute on a low flame, till the onions are golden and then remove them with a slotted spoon. keep the caramelized onions aside.
- in the same oil, add cashews and brown them. keep the fried cashews also aside.
- in the same oil or ghee, add the whole spices - cinnamon, tej patta, black cardamom, green cardamoms, cloves, black pepper, stone flower, cumin seeds and mace. saute for a few seconds till the spices become aromatic.
- add sliced onions. stir and saute the onions on a low flame. saute till the onions become golden.
- then add ginger+garlic+green chili paste. stir and saute till the raw aroma of the ginger and garlic goes away. about 15 to 20 seconds.
- add the all the chopped veggies, including tomatoes and peas.
- saute for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.
- add the drained basmati rice. saute gently for 1 to 2 minutes till the oil/ghee has coated the rice grains evenly. pour water.
- add salt. stir the veg pulao gently.
- check the taste of the stock. if it tastes bland, then add some more salt.
- cover the pressure cooker tightly with its lid.
- pressure cook the veg pulao for 2 to 3 whistles on a medium to high flame. 2 whistles will give you a less softer texture. for more softer texture cook for 3 whistles.
- when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.
- serve the vegetable pulao garnished with fried onions, cashews and mint or coriander leaves. you can also gently mix the garnishing ingredients with the pulao.
- this pressure cooked vegetable pulao goes well with boondi raita, plain raita or onion-tomato raita. also accompany some onion slices with lemon or a vegetable salad or pickle and papad.
step by step vegetable pulao recipe in pressure cooker:
1. first rinse the rice very well and then soak the grains in water for 30 minutes.
2. meanwhile, you can chop all the veggies. then heat 3 tbsp ghee or oil in the pressure cooker. add ¼ cup sliced onions.
3. saute on a low flame till the onions are golden and then remove them with a slotted spoon.
4. keep the crisp & golden fried onions aside.
5. in the same oil, add cashews and brown them.
6. keep the fried cashews also aside.
7. in the same oil, add the whole spices – cinnamon, tej patta, black cardamom, green cardamoms, cloves, black pepper, stone flower, cumin seeds and mace. saute for a few seconds till the spices become aromatic.
8. add now ⅓ cup sliced onions.
9. stir and saute the onions on a low flame.
10. saute till the onions become golden.
11. then add ginger+garlic+green chili paste. stir and saute till the raw aroma of the ginger and garlic goes away.
12. add the chopped veggies and saute for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.
13. drain water from soaked basmati rice after 30 minutes.
14. add the drained basmati rice in the pressure cooker.
15. saute gently for 1 to 2 minutes till the oil/ghee has coated the rice grains evenly.
16. pour water.
17. add salt.
18. stir gently.
19. cover and pressure cook the veg pulao for 2 to 3 whistles on a high flame. pressure cooking for 2 whistles will give you an al dente texture. for a softer texture pressure cook for 3 whistles.
20. when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.
serve the vegetable pulao garnished with the fried caramelized onions, cashews and mint or coriander leaves. veg pulao goes well with a raita like boondi raita, plain raita or onion-tomato raita and you have a comforting meal ready. a mango pickle or lemon pickle also goes well with pulao. even a side thin vegetable curry or kadhi or spiced buttermilk/chaas goes well.