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 2 tbsp oil. however 3 tbsp oil would also be ok to use, unless you are on a low fat diet for health reasons.
in this recipe, apart from pressure cooking the pulao, i also fry some onion slices and cashew nuts and add to the final dish. 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. and sometimes a vegan yogurt too.
the best part i like about vegetable pulaos is that they are healthy as we put lot of vegetables in them. in this recipe, i have put peas, cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes and onions. there were no carrots at home, hence not added them. you can also add aubergines, broccoli, french beans, green beans etc in it. you can also make pulao with brown rice.
serve the vegetable pulao 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.
easy vegetable pulao recipe below:
- 1.5 cups basmati rice
- 2.5 to 3 cups water
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- 1 medium sized potato, chopped
- ½ cup peas/matar, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup cauliflower/gobi florets
- ½ cup chopped carrots or beans
- 2 to 2.5 tbsp oil or ghee
- ½ inch ginger
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- 1 green chili, chopped
- 1 inch cinnamon stick
- 2-3 green cardamom
- 1 black cardamom
- 2-3 cloves
- 1 strand of mace
- 1 medium sized bay leaf
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 12-15 cashews
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 2 to 3 tbsp oil for frying the onions and cashews
- soak the rice in water for 30 mins.
- meanwhile when the rice is soaking, you can rinse and chop all the veggies.
- for the cauliflower florets, rinse and blanch them in salted water. this step is optional though. drain the rice and keep aside.
- heat oil in a pressure cooker. add all the spices mentioned under garam masala and fry till the oil becomes fragrant. now add the sliced onions and fry till they become golden.
- add the ginger-garlic-chili paste and fry till the raw aroma disappears… for about 30 seconds.
- add the tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, carrots or beans and saute for 2-3 minutes on a low flame. keep on stirring.
- now add the peas and saute for 2 minutes more on a low flame.
- keep on stirring gently and saute the rice for 2-3 minutes on a low flame, till the oil gets coated well and uniformly on the rice grains. pour water and stir.
- add salt and check the taste of the broth. if the broth tastes bland, then add some more salt.
- cover the pressure cooker with its lid and pressure cook the rice on a medium or high flame for 2-3 whistles. i kept for 3 whistles.
- meanwhile when the rice is cooking, prepare the garnishing ingredients.
- heat oil in a small frying pan. first fry the cashews till golden. remove and drain on paper towels.
- now add the onions and fry them till crisp and golden. drain on paper towels.
- when the rice is done, gently fluff the rice. you can add the fried onions and cashews to the rice and gently stir.
- or garnish the rice with the fried onions and cashews and then serve vegetable pulao.
- the 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.