Veg Pulao Recipe
Pulao is one of the yummiest dishes made up of rice and if often served on a plate in most homes. It is an aromatic blend of rice, vegetables, and spices which are sautéed in ghee. It is a comfort providing food with a delicious taste. Basically, veg pulao is being prepared during some celebration or in parties but just for a change; you can cook veg pulao on any other day with simple veg pulao recipe mentioned below.
|Prep Time: 15 Mins||Cooking Time: 25 Mins||Servings: 2 to 3|
Ingredients for Veg Pulao
- basmati rice 1/2 cup (long grained rice)
- ghee 2 Tbsp.
- oil 1 Tbsp.
- bay leaf 1 (Tej Patta)
- cloves 2 (laung)
- cinnamon 1-inch (dal chini)
- black cardamom 1 (badi elaichi)
- small star anise 1 (Chakri Phool)
- black pepper 4 (kali mirch)
- ginger-garlic paste 1/2 Tbsp.
- medium finely chopped onion 1
- tomato 1 small chopped
- green peas 1/4 cup
- chopped carrot 1/4 cup
- chopped french beans 3 Tbsp.
- garam masala 1/4 Tsp.
- turmeric 1/4 Tsp. (haldi)
- red chili powder 1/2 Tsp.
- lemon juice 6-7 drops
- Salt to taste
- chopped coriander 1 Tbsp.
Process for Cooking Veg Pulao
Take 1/2 cup basmati rice and wash them until you get clear water. Soak the rice in water for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the water and keep them aside.
Get a 2-liter cooker and place it over a medium flame. Put 2 tbsp. ghee and 1 tbsp. oil together in the cooker and heat it on simmer flame.
Once you see fumes in ghee and oil, add 1 bay leaf, 2 cloves, 1-inch cinnamon, 1-star anise small, 4 black pepper and 1 black cardamom. Sauté for 20-40 seconds.
Now add 1 medium finely chopped onion and sauté on low flame till it turns brown in color. This will take approximately 2-3 minutes. Add 1/2 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a minute.
Add vegetables (1 small chopped tomato, 1/4 cup green peas, 1/4 cup chopped carrot, 3 tbsp. chopped french beans) and stir fry them for 2 minutes on low flame.
Add soaked basmati rice, 1/4 tsp. garam masala powder, 1/4 Tsp. turmeric powder, 1/2 Tsp. red chili powder and salt to taste. Mix them well. Mix carefully; as the rice is soaked they may break.
Add 6-7 drops of lemon juice and stir fry them for 2 minutes and then add 1 cup water.
Close the lid of the cooker and turn the flame to medium. On a medium flame, it will take 2 whistles to cook completely. Reduce the flame after the first whistle.
As soon the second whistle comes, turn off the flame and wait until the pressure inside cooker turns down itself.
After that, open the cooker and fluff the rice with a fork and transfer to serving bowl. Before serving, garnish it with 1 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves.
Veg pulao is ready to binge on. With this easy veg pulao recipe, you can serve this dish on the plate during Lunch or dinner time with raita, yogurt, curry, chutney or even it will taste great only with pickle too. The secret of this veg pulao recipe lies in the use of bay leaf, cardamom, clove, cinnamon and other ingredients gets a blend with each other and when stir fried in ghee forms a complex aroma which simply makes dish mouth-watering.
Tips and Variations
- Make sure to use the spices quantity accordingly. Extra spice will give a bitter taste to pulao.
- The quantity of water varies on the variety of rice. So, make sure to use accordingly.
- As the rice is soaked, it will require less water.