19th June 2024

Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao

The vegetable pulao is considered as an alternative to serving plain rice at most parties, be it a kitty party or a wedding. It goes well with any other dish, be it a modest dal, a rich Indian gravy or even dry sides. It tastes just as good by itself. For a One Pot Vegetable Pulao click here.

Serves : A Family of Four

Prep. Time : 30 Mins…

Cooking Time : 35 Mins… (active)


  • Cooked Basmati Rice (click here)- 1 Portion
  • Cloves – 6
  • Cinnamon – 2 inch stick
  • Green Cardamon – 3
  • Bay Leaves – 2
  • Blanched Vegetables (click here):
    • Carrot (cut into thin long strips) – 1
    • Green Peas – ¼ cup
    • Sweet Corn Kernels – 2 tbsp.
  • Capsicum (cubed) – 1
  • Onions (sliced) – 2
  • Green Chillies (cut length wise) – 4
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste – 2 tsp.
  • Cashewnuts (broken into halves) – 6
  • Pure Ghee – 2 tbsp.
  • Oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Cottage Cheese – [Paneer] (cubed) – 100 gms… [Optional]
  • Salt – 1 tsp. or to taste
Preparation of Vegetable Pulao

Step 1:     Heat a pan on low heat. Add the ghee and oil. Add the cloves, cinnamon, green cardamom, bay leaves and the cashew nuts and sauteé for 2 minutes.

Preparation of Vegetable Pulao

Step 2:     Add the onions and fry till a light golden brown.

Preparation of Vegetable Pulao

Step 3:     Add the green chillies. Sauté for 10 seconds. Then add the ginger-garlic paste and sauteé till the raw smell disappears.

Step 4:     Add the blanched vegetables, the capsicum. Season with salt. Stir-fry for 4 minutes.

Preparation of Vegetable Pulao

Step 5:     (Optional) Add the paneer and stir for a minute.

Preparation of Vegetable Pulao

Step 6:     Next add the rice and mix well on high heat. Lower the heat and cook covered for 5 minutes.

Serve with a Cucumber Carrot Raita (click here) or a Boondi Raita (click here) or a gravy of your choice. Tastes yummy all by itself too.

Preparation of Vegetable Pulao


  1. I tried the veg pulav yesterday, and believe me, my kids who are always fussy about vegetables, relished this pulav so much that they said “mom, we no longer like the Maggie pulav”. I was feeling so happy.. Mainly because they relished veggies ?. Thanks so much dear.. I’ll keep trying another very soon . ???

    • No we have not added any Stock Cubes in this recipe. We don’t feel it’s needed in this one. The ginger-garlic, chillies and ghee add flavour to this pulao.

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