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

veg pulao recipe, vegetable pulao recipe, veg pilaf

veg pulao recipe with step by step photos – 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 recipes, 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. however most of the times 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 it did suit our taste buds. there is no addition of any pulao or biryani masala in this recipe. just the whole garam masala spices are added.

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 are served 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.

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

vegetable pulao recipe below:

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vegetable pulao recipe
vegetable pulao - simple, aromatic and healthy veg pulao or veg pilaf.
CUISINE: indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
main ingredients for veg pulao:
  • 1.5 cups long grained or basmati rice soaked for 30 minutes
  • ¼ heaped cup each of chopped carrots, cauliflower/broccoli, french beans, green peas (fresh or frozen) and carrots. or 1 to 1.5 cups chopped veggies (you can add your choice of vegetables)
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium size tomato, chopped
  • ½ inch ginger + 2 to 3 medium garlic cloves + 1 green chili, crushed to a paste in a mortar-pestle
  • 6 to 7 drops of lime juice
  • 2.5 to 3 cups water or veg stock (check notes below for details. i added 3 cups of water)
  • 2 tbsp ghee or 2.5 tbsp oil
  • salt as required
whole spices for veg pulao:
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera or ¾ tsp caraway seeds/shah jeera
  • 4 to 5 whole black pepper
  • 1 indian bay leaf or tej patta or tamalpatra
  • 2-3 cloves/laung
  • 2 to 3 green cardamoms/hari elaichi or choti elaichi
  • 1 black cardamom/ badi elaichi
  • 2 single strands of mace/jayitri or javitri,
  • 1 small star anise/chakriphool
  • 1 inch cinnamon/dalchini
  • 1 small piece of stone flower/dagad phool or patthar ke phool (optional)
  1. rinse rinse till the water runs clear of starch and become transparent while rinsing.
  2. soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes. drain and keep aside.
  3. in a deep thick bottomed pot or pan, heat ghee/oil and fry all the whole spices mentioned above, till the oil becomes fragrant
  4. add the onions and saute them till golden. saute the onions on a low flame and stir often for uniform browning.
  5. add the ginger-garlic-green chili paste and saute for 10 to 12 seconds.
  6. add the tomatoes and saute for 2-3 minutes on a low flame.
  7. add all the veggies and saute again for 2-3 minutes on a low flame.
  8. add drained rice and saute gently for 2 minutes on a low flame, so that the rice gets well coated with the oil.
  9. pour water and stir.
  10. sprinkle 6 to 7 drops of lime juice. season with salt and stir again.
  11. cover tightly and let the rice cook on a low flame, till the water is absorbed and the rice is well cooked. check in between a few times to check if the water is enough. depending on the quality of rice, you may need to add less or more water. with a fork too, you can gently stir the rice without breaking the rice grains.
  12. once the rice grains are cooked, fluff and let the rice stand for 5 minutes.
  13. serve the veg pulao hot with some side salad, sliced onion & lemon wedges or raita. you can also garnish veg pulao with chopped coriander or mint leaves.
if you are making veg pulao in a pressure cooker, then add 2.5 to 3 cups water. for an al dente texture, 2.5 cups is fine and for a softer texture 3 cups water is fine.

lets start step by step vegetable pulao recipe:

1. firstly rinse the rice in water runs clear of starch. then soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes. then drain the rice and keep aside.

soaking basmati rice

2. when the rice is soaking, prep the veggies and keep the whole spices aside. pic of the the whole spices added in the pulao, except cumin.

spices for veg pulao recipe

3. heat ghee or oil in a deep thick bottomed pot or pan. add all whole spices and fry till they become fragrant.

saute spices to make veg pulao

4. add the thinly sliced onions. saute the onions on a low flame till golden and stirring them often for uniform browning.

add onions - making veg pulao

5. once the onions become golden, then add crushed ginger+garlic+green chili paste. stir and saute till the raw aroma of the ginger & garlic goes away.

add ginger garlic paste - making veg pulao

6. add chopped tomatoes. saute for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.

add tomatoes - making vegetable pulao

7. now add all the chopped veggies and saute again for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.

add vegetables

8. add the drained rice.

add drained rice

9. saute rice gently for 2 minutes on a low flame, so that the rice gets well coated with the oil.

saute rice to make vegetable pulao

10. pour water.

add water to vegetable pulao

11. stir well.

stir vegetable pulao

12. add 6 to 7 drops of lime juice to the veg pulao.

add lime juice to vegetable pulao

13. season with salt. to find the amount of salt added, check the taste of the water. you should feel saltiness in the water. this means the amount of salt added is right. if the water does not feel salty, then you need to add some more salt.

add salt to vegetable pulao recipe

14. stir and cover the pot or pan with its lid tightly.

cook vegetable pulao

15. cover and cook the rice till all the water is absorbed. cook veg pulao on a low to medium flame. usually in the beginning i cook on a medium flame and then half way lower the flame. check in between a few times to check if the water is enough. depending on the quality of rice, you may need to add less or more water. with a fork too, you can gently stir the rice without breaking the rice grains.

checking vegetable pulao

16. once the rice grains are cooked, fluff and let the rice stand for 5 minutes covered with the lid.

vegetable pulao recipe, veg pulao recipe

17. serve vegetable pulao garnished with coriander leaves/mint leaves or fried onions & cashews. as a side accompaniment, serve onion tomato raita, boondi raita, cucumber raita or just plain yogurt along with roasted papad and mango or lemon pickle. you can also serve dal tadka or kadhi with veg pulao and onion-lemon salad.

veg pulao recipe, vegetable pulao recipe, veg pilaf

{ 102 Responses }

  1. Ashwini says

    Probably one of the best recipes I have come across! Especially the steps which are clear and easy to do and candid too! I am encouraged to look into other recipes of yours. Thanks a lot

  2. pruthwee rani- orissa says

    Hei ..dr ..ur dishes are just fabulus ….m asking can i make the same recipie in low flame and in dum . Just like biriani…

  3. charan says

    Thanks for the reciepe.i followed this receipe.but while cooking my vegetables did cook properly.they were still kacchi. what should i do now.

  4. Ranjitha Nair says

    Hi. Thanks for the step to step procedure for the pulav recipe. Please let me know which brand basmati rice have u taken in the picture. And if im making it in pressure cooker or non stick pan, how much water wl i put?

  5. SWATI R NAWALE says

    Nice … teach to All recipes … u have any new idea about … vegpulao

    Swati Ritesh Nawale

  6. Sharon says

    i made this for lunch , turned out really good. My guests loved it too. Two recipes tried and tested from your blog… Eager to try so many more :) thank you so much dassana

  7. Dr. Sunil Narain says

    For veg pulao in pressure cooker recipe, how much time ( whistles ) should I allow? Thanks.

  8. heena garg says

    Hello..ur receipes r easy to understand…I really appreciate…I just wanted to know…that…my family doesn’t like these khade masale…while eating pulao….can they b seprated after there fragrance…get mixed with the oil…or. somethingelse..u may suggest…thanku…

  9. Muhammad jamshaid says

    really very nice and delicious recipe. i have tried this recipe. it was very tasty. .
    thanks for nice sharing.

  10. areelies says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe with pictures it help me so much I just have a question. I bought biryani pulav masala should I still put all the whole spices before.?

  11. riya says

    Thank you once again for such a wonderful recipe i made pulao with leftover over and it turned out to be mind blowing its tastes like pulao we get in Hyderabad. Thnx so much and all ur recipes are like treasure thnx for helping out people who are new to cooking and also dying to eat tasty food. Ma’am thnk you.

  12. srujana says

    Hi dassana … even though we don’t know personally ur posts makes us feel like a family … ur work is just amazing what ever I think of cooking my hands automatically opens ur website… your posts are very easy to understand the recipe and Start cooking. .. keep up the good work

    • says

      thanks srujana for this sweet and positive feedback. felt good to read your comment. i am touched. even though we don’t know each other. but cooking is the connecting thread. happy cooking.

  13. minder says

    Hai Dassana
    really appreciate your cooking website…has been great help for an amateur like me….thank you very much.I have an enquiry can this vege pulao be cooked in a rice cooker…and how do I go about it…
    thank you…May God bless you always

    • says

      yes can be made in the rice cooker. in a pan, just follow steps 1 to 9. then add the whole mixture in the rice cooker. add water + lime juice + salt. stir and steam the rice.

  14. sachin says

    Thanks a ton 😀 i am home alone so had to make something(tired of bahar ka khana kha kha k :/) The pulao is almost ready..hopefully it’ll be accha ^.^

  15. Ashwini says

    Hi Dasanna…your blog has become the go-to place for me, next to my mom…..Awesomesttttt recipies….Too bad this is veg recipes of india… I’d rather you start another nonveg recipes of india!!!…..guessing you are a vegetarian urself :-((((

  16. megha says

    Very nice. Tried the peas pulav recipe. It was awesome. I will try this also. Thanks for very clear instructions..

  17. som says

    if i want to cook with 1kg rice using a pressure cooker. how much water i must use. i had never made so cooked more then 500g. So, please suggest me. I am using Broken KRT rice.

    • says

      you will have to use double the amount of water. but broken rice will cook faster and may take less water. so i would suggest you try cooking this rice with a much smaller quantity, like say 1 cup. then proceed with the bigger batch.

  18. Reema says

    Come out great…my mom loved it…thanks a lot for all the minute details u mention in ur blogs….my most loved blog site: -)

  19. Meyyammai says

    I tried this recipe for lunch…was a big hit…thanks a lot…please keep posting more recipes.

  20. 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 : )

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. anjali majumdar says

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

  27. Hitarth says

    Grt presentation with simple recipe.. specially for youngesters like me can mk it fast in microwave… keep on sending sum gud recipes on id if possible