easy veg pulao recipe in pressure cooker
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vegetable pulao recipe

easy and quick vegetable pulao recipe made in pressure cooker.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: main course
Cuisine: indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 440kcal
Author: Dassana Amit


main ingredients for vegetable pulao

  • 1.5 cups basmati rice OR about 300 grams of basmati rice
  • ¼ cup chopped french beans
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes OR 1 medium sized tomato
  • cup peas (matar) - fresh or frozen
  • cup chopped carrots - chopped into cubes
  • cup chopped potatoes - chopped into cubes
  • cup chopped medium cauliflower (gobi florets)
  • cup chopped capsicum (bell pepper or shimla mirch) - chopped into cubes
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup sliced or chopped mushrooms
  • 1 medium sized onion thinly sliced OR about ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 3 tablespoon oil or ghee * check notes

crushed or ground into paste in mortar-pestle

  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) - roughly chopped
  • 3 to 4 medium garlic cloves (lahsun)
  • 1 green chili - roughly chopped

whole garam masala or spices for vegetable pulao

  • 1 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • 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 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • a small piece of stone flower (pathar phool) - optional
  • 3 to 4 whole black pepper (sabut kali mirch)

for garnishing vegetable pulao

  • 1 small onion thinly sliced OR about ¼ cup thinly sliced onions
  • 12 to 15 cashews (kaju)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta) OR mint leaves (pudina patta)


soaking rice for making vegetable pulao

  • 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.

making vegetable pulao in pressure cooker

  • 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 vegetable 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 vegetable 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.



* skip the fried garnish part of onions & cashews if you prefer. in this case, just make the pulao with 2 tbsp oil or ghee instead of 3 tbsp oil or ghee.


Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 72.6g | Protein: 8.3g | Fat: 13.3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.1g | Sodium: 25.8mg | Potassium: 394.1mg | Fiber: 4.3g | Sugar: 3.6g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 40.4mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 4.9mg