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Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao (or Pilaf) is an aromatic one pot rice dish cooked using whole spices.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Ganga


  • 1 cup Biriyani rice.
  • 1 medium Red Onion diced.
  • 1/2 cup Beans and Carrot diced.
  • 1/2 cup Green Peas.
  • 1/2 cup Bell Peppers diced.
  • 1/2 tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 5 Green Chillies
  • 3 green Cardamoms
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1 tbsp almonds chopped.
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp oil peanut oil recommended.
  • 2 twigs mint leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt for taste.


  • Rinse Basmati rice in running water till the water runs clear of starch. Soak in cold water for 30 minutes. Prep the ingredients while the rice is soaking.
  • Take a deep bottomed pan and heat the ghee and butter on medium heat.
  • Add cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, star anise and cinnamon and fry for a minute till the aroma is released.
  • Add the chopped almonds and sauté for a minute until the almond starts to slightly brown.
  • Stir in the diced onions and sauté till they become translucent.
  • Next, add green chillies, carrot, beans, peas and cook for 4 mins stirring occasionally. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for a minute.
  • Now, add water and salt. Bring the water to boil and add the soaked basmati rice.
  • Next, add the half of the mint leaves and give a stir. Cook uncovered till the water stops bubbling on the top layer of rice. Add the remaining mint leaves on top of the rice.
  • Cover the pan and cook on low for ten minutes.