veg pulao recipe or vegetable pulao recipe, how to make veg pulao

veg pulao

vegetable pulao is a comfort food as well as satisfying. pair this mildly flavored aromatic veg pulao with a raita, pickle and roasted papad… and you don’t need anything else.

i make veg pulao when i want to cook something quick and easy. this is my mom’s vegetable pulao recipe and one of our favorite rice dish, the other being veg biryani.

i have many veg pulao recipes in the blog like asian style veg pulao, peas pulao, veg pulao in microwave oven and so on… but at home i always end up making veg pulao this way and my own recipe of veg pulao in pressure cooker.

i also tried some other variations of making vegetable pulaos but i did not like them. there is no addition of any pulao or biryani masala in this recipe. just the whole garam masala spices are added.

vegetable pulao or veg pulao

what i like about making veg pulao is that its gets made quickly. if you have a food processor for chopping the veggies, then its more quick. usually i like the texture of the rice to be a little soft in pulao than being al dente or the way they serve in restaurants.

you can make the veg pulao in a pressure cooker or in a pan. in the notes section, i have mentioned the amount of water to be added while cooking pulao in a pressure cooker. the rice grains have to be separate & yet well cooked in a pulao or biryani.

cooking rice can be tricky at times and to get the right texture needs some experience. cooking rice perfectly needs a separate post and i will share my successes & failures on cooking rice in another post.

veg pulao or vegetable pulao recipe

if you are looking for more pulao recipes then do check kashmiri pulao, mushroom pulao, yakhni pulao, tawa pulao and chana pulao.

vegetable pulao recipe details below:

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vegetable pulao recipe
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vegetable pulao - simple, aromatic and healthy veg pulao or veg pilaf
Recipe type: main
Cuisine: indian
Serves: 4
main ingredients for veg pulao:
  • 2 cups long grained or basmati rice soaked for 30 minutes
  • 2 or 2.5 cups of chopped mixed veggies (cauliflower, carrots, green peas, potatoes, broccoli, corn kernels, baby corn, french beans )
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste (adrak-lahsun paste)
  • 1 green chili, chopped (hari mirch)
  • 1 medium size tomato (optional), chopped
  • 4.5 cups water or veg stock (check notes below for details)
  • 2 to 3 tbsp oil or ghee
  • salt as required
whole spices for veg pulao:
  • 1 tsp cumin or shah jeera/caraway seeds
  • 1 bay leaf or tej patta or tamalpatra
  • 2-3 cloves or laung
  • 2 green cardamoms or hari elaichi or choti elaichi
  • 1 black cardamom or badi elaichi
  • 1 pinch of mace or jayitri or javitri,
  • 1 small star anise or chakriphool
  • 1 inch cinnamon or dal chini
  1. in a deep pot, heat oil and fry all the whole spices till the oil becomes fragrant.
  2. add the onions and brown them.
  3. add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for a minute.
  4. add the tomatoes & green chilies and saute for 2-3 minutes on a low flame.
  5. add all the veggies and saute again for 2-3 minutes on a low flame.
  6. drain the rice and saute for 2-3 minutes on a low flame, so that the rice gets well coated with the oil.
  7. pour water and stir.
  8. season with salt.
  9. cover tightly and let the rice cook on a low flame, till the water is absorbed and the rice is well cooked.
  10. fluff and let the rice stand for 5 minutes.
  11. serve the veg pulao hot with some side salad, sliced onion & lemon wedges or raita.
if you are making veg pulao in a pressure cooker, then add 3.5 to 4 cups water. for an al dente texture, 3.5 cups is fine and for a softer texture 4 cups water is fine.

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  1. Nisa says

    hi Dassana..greetings from Malaysia. I always order Pulao Rice whenever eating out a Kashmiri Restaurant here. Will try your recipe soon. Thanks : )

  2. berny says

    hi dassana I am always reading yr recipes but going to make now.i read all the comments and God bless you abundantly for all your hardwork and he will bless the work of your hands.

  3. Supriya says

    Made this today with some tomato soup and boondi raita. It was a big hit! I made it with 1 cup of rice and 2 of mix veggies, which required 3 cups + 1 tablespoon of water. Sprinkled some cracked pepper when I was sauteeing the veggies for some more spice. Loved this recipe! Thanks so much for all the work you put into this site Dassana! I literally make something from it 3-4 evenings a week.

  4. says

    I have tried most of your recipes and all have turned out superb you are really helping us to improve the taste in our kitchen. Wish you all the best and thank you

  5. nisha says

    Thanku so very much fr dis recipe… M a vry bad cook n nw m learin to cook. N my i tried ur pulav n my family loved it… Thnku so so so sooooo vry much

  6. amogha says

    Hi I always tried pulao and it always was a huge flop. But I must thank u immensely for the wonderful recipe that is bland enough for my sister and spicy enough for my husband. I tried adding a pich of pepper powder. It made it spicier but the pulao was simply delicious.thank u loads

    • says

      bisi bele bath recipe is in the pipeline. just trying to get marathi moggu here… a special spice that is used in bisi bele bath powder blend. its not easily available here. if not, then i will have to make without it.

  7. anjali majumdar says

    Hey,Dassana this recipe was really helpful for me..
    Ma first time made pulav really rocked..
    Thanks a ton..