Vegetable Pulao Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)

Vegetable Pulao (Veg Pulav) is a spicy rice dish prepared by cooking rice with various vegetables and spices. In this recipe, assortment of spices, veggies and rice are first sautéed in oil and ghee and then cooked in pressure cooker as you would cook plain rice. However, the uniqueness of this easy mixed vegetable pulao recipe lies in use of bay leaf, cinnamon and cloves which provides nice and complex aromatic feel that simply makes juices flowing in mouth.
Mix Veg Pulao in Pressure Cooker
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2 servings
1/2 cup Basmati Rice (long grained rice)
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
1 small Tomato, finely chopped
1/4 cup Green Peas (mutter), fresh or frozen
3 tablespoons finely chopped French Beans
1/4 cup finely chopped Carrot
1 small piece of Bay Leaf
1-inch piece of Cinnamon
2 Cloves
1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
1/8 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
2 tablespoons finely chopped Coriander Leaves
2 tablespoons Oil
1 teaspoon Ghee
1 cup Water
Salt to taste
  1. step-1
    Wash rice and soak it in water for 15-20 minutes. Drain and keep aside until needed.
  2. step-2
    Heat ghee and oil together in a pressure cooker (2-liter capacity, stainless steel cooker) on low flame. Add bay leaf, cinnamon, clove, and sauté for 30 seconds. Add onion and sauté until it turns light brown or for approx. 2 minutes.
  3. step-3
    Add chopped tomato, green peas, french beans and carrot.
  4. step-4
    Stir-fry them for approx. 2 minutes.
  5. step-5
    Add soaked (drained) rice, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt.
  6. step-6
    Stir-fry them for approx. 2 minutes.
  7. step-7
    Add 1 cup water and mix well.
  8. step-8
    Close the lid and cook over medium flame for 2 whistles. When 1st whistle is completed, reduce the flame to low and cook until another whistle. Turn off flame.
  9. step-9
    Let it cool at room temperature until pressure inside cooker comes down naturally. Open the lid carefully and fluff the rice with a fork. Transfer it to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
Tips and Variations:
  • We have used 2 liter capacity stainless steel cooker in this recipe. However, you can use larger size of cooker as well but you need to determine how many whistles and what flame intensity will be required to cook it properly. If you are using pressure cooker made of aluminum then cook it for 2 whistles on medium flame.
  • You can prepare it in large quantity in larger pressure cooker. Just use rice and water in 1:2 ratios. i.e. for every one cup rice two cups water should be added.
  • You can also prepare equally delicious mixed vegetable rice pulao in a pan with a lid. Use same amount of ingredients as mentioned in this recipe, cover pan with a lid and cook it on low flame for 8-10 minutes. Do not open the lid in between while cooking. After turning off the flame, open the lid after 7-8 minutes. However, cooking in a pan may require more water as steam will escape easily, hence add 1/4 cup more water for given recipe.
Taste: Mild spicy
Serving Ideas: Indian vegetable pulao is traditionally served with cucumber raita or onion raita, papad and pickle. In south Indian states like Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamilnadu, it is served and enjoyed with coconut chutney. It is a perfect dish for bachelors to make for dinner.


Oct 08, 2016  by Tricia
Are there any tips you can give for using a rice cooker with this recipe?

Response: Hello Tricia, I have never used the rice cooker so I am not able to give you any tips.

Sep 14, 2016  by NIKITA SONI
Really too good method to teach. Even the person who don't have any knowledge about the ingredients, they can also cook from your method of teaching....

Really Superb!!!

Response: Thank you Nikita.

Jul 09, 2016  by Devendra mishra
Excellent way to teach preparations by using photos, step by step to make the job easier.

Jun 09, 2016  by vishwas
Awesome food. Never tasted such a food before.

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Jun 01, 2016  by Preeti
Its really awsome... step by step photos made it so easy. I tried and it was perfect as explained... I love this.

May 27, 2016  by Chaitra Shettigar
Followed the same mentioned in this. Came out well. But there were little sticky may be because of water ratio. Except that came out very nice..
Most of my family members liked it..

Response: Thank you Chitra for trying the recipe and writing the feedback. When you try this next time, add less water to make non-sticky rice.

May 24, 2016  by Cynthia
If I need to double the quantity of rice, do I need to double the rest of the ingredients, including spices, proportionately?

Response: Yes, you need to double the ingredients.

Apr 30, 2016  by Anjali
Nice recipe. Came out very tasty.

Feb 29, 2016  by Nida
Can I use potato in vegi?

Response: Yes, you can add potato with other vegetables.

Feb 13, 2016  by Raj
I tried it as per the proportions mentioned here, turned out yummy with nice aroma.

Jan 18, 2016  by Biswaranjan swain
1/2 cup rice means how much gram?

Response: 1/2 cup rice means 100 gms of rice.

Jan 01, 2016  by Deepa kumari
Thanks for this recipe. Very good. Thanks for nice and easy recipe.

Jan 01, 2016  by Dana hicks
The best rice dish ever. A must try.

Dec 25, 2015  by Krishnan
Garam masala already has cinnamon and clove. Why add them again in this recipe in whole form? Also, your recipe doesn't call for the garam masala to be friend with onions. Will this not leave a "raw" taste? Thanks in advance for your reply.

Response: Garam masala has cinnamon and clove but whole cinnamon and clove gives strong flavor to the pulao. No need to fry the garam masala in oil because the masala is be cooked with rice in next steps, so it will not taste raw.

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Nov 25, 2015  by Noel Rodrigues
This is sweet and simple method of making a pulav. Very helpful.

Thank you.

Nov 14, 2015  by Ayesha
Like it.... Same like mom used to make... Thanks for sharing

Sep 13, 2015  by Fairy khan
Awesome recipe, my mom said wow.

Jul 21, 2015  by Fatema
Do I need to boil the rice first?

Response: Hi Fatema, no need to boil the rice first.

Jul 18, 2015  by Sibram das
It was fabulous having it, my mother loved this recipe.

Apr 28, 2015  by Vinod
Excellent recipe hardly took 20 minutes. Thanks a lot.

Apr 10, 2015  by Asun
Can't wait to make this recipe, but can you share the cooking time in minutes. I don't quite understand how long is 2 whistles. Sorry.

Response: If you have never used the pressure cooker then I suggest you to follow the instructions completely (like amount of water and cooking over medium flame) and do not change any ingredient ratio. Two whistles means when two times pressure cooker whistles completed. You can also cook it in a pan, follow the same method and cook it for 10-12 minutes over low flame in covered pan or until rice is cooked (for detailed direction to cook pulao in a pan follow this recipe of palak pulao).

Mar 18, 2015  by Ranjini
Simply superb and excellent pulao. Thanks for the recipe.

Mar 07, 2015  by Anjali Sreejith
First time when I cooked it was awesome and my husband loved it. Second time, rice got sticky. How did it happen?

Response: Hi Anjali, follow the given tips to make non-sticky rice.
1. Always use basmati rice for pulao.
2. Wash the rice at least 3-4 times or until water is clear.
3. Do not add more water. For 1/2 cup rice use 1 cup water or follow the instructions given on the backside of rice package to get water amount.
4. Do not cook it for longer period because we have already soaked the rice.
5. Do not forget to stir fry the rice for around 2-minutes in step-6.

Mar 03, 2015  by Paiker
This is very nice recipe. First time I cooked and it was really tasty. Thanks a lot.

Feb 24, 2015  by khusboo
My husband just loved it.

Jan 05, 2015  by Maruthi
Thank you so much. Followed the procedure and it was very nice.

Dec 25, 2014  by Vikash
Very good, thanks for such a nice and easy recipe.

Dec 14, 2014  by Diana cruz
It’s really yummy and tasty. It’s easy to cook and make family happy. I loved it.

Nov 02, 2014  by Zara
Yummy, how to prepare paneer pulao?

Response: Hi zara, check our pulao section to make the various types of pulao and rice dishes and follow the given link to make paneer pulao.

Oct 23, 2014  by swagata
Simply awesome and delicious. Just loved it.

Oct 10, 2014  by Shifa
Looks amazing
Even the dal tadka was fabulous

Oct 06, 2014  by paresh
Please share some tricks of how to keep it fresh to be consumed after 4-5 hours.

Response: Hi, pulao remains good for 5-6 hours at room temperature and for a day in refrigerator. Just reheat it in the microwave or in a pan before serving.

Sep 28, 2014  by Long Man
Excellent - followed the recipe and results were good. Used the frozen mix of vegetables with corn, and microwaved the veggies in water for 4 minutes before putting in the cooker and came out well.

Sep 24, 2014  by Saumya Varghese
Best receipe... Love it :)

Jul 14, 2014  by nisha
how to make it more spicy?

Response: To make spicy pulao, increase the amount of red chilli powder (as per your taste) and add 1-2 chopped green chilli in step-3.

Jul 05, 2014  by Geetha
Simply superb... just followed the recipe as it is and it is delicious...

Jul 02, 2014  by vinita
Superb recipe.. I loved it and also prepared it at came out so yummy...

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