Veg Pulao Recipe|Easy Step-By-Step Guide [Quick & Healthy]
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What Is Pulao
Popularity and variation of pulao depend on where this dish is been cooked. However, besides veg pulao, my personal favorite is tawa pulao which is a popular street food eaten in Mumbai. Readers, I urge you to try tawa pulao, you will thank me 😃.
Difference Between Pulao And Vegetable Biryani
Veg pulao and veg biryani are cooked in a different way. The draining method of cooking is adopted to prepare a vegetable biryani. While an absorption method is used to cook vegetable pulao.
Please refer to the image below to understand the difference.
Semi-boiled basmati rice is used to cook veg biryani. Later-on the water is drained from it. While water or vegetable stock is used to prepare a veg pulao. The stock used for cooking gets completely absorbed by the rice.
Please refer to my detailed recipe on veg pulao further down in this post in order to understand in-depth how this dish is prepared. I have covered my veg pulao recipe with pictures.
Key Ingredients You Need For Veg Pulao Recipe
Now that I have helped you understand the basic difference between a veg pulao and a veg biryani, let me share with you what ingredients you require to cook a delicious vegetable pulao at home.
Well, the pulao recipe is incomplete without rice. Rice is an integral part of a pulao dish and you must select the right kind of rice.
I recommend using a long grain extra-large basmati rice. I use India Gate basmati rice for cooking pulao. Soak rice in a cup of water for a minimum of one hour, before using it for cooking this dish.
You can also use sona masuri or ambe mohar rice if you are seeking alternatives to basmati rice.
- Spices and Herbs:
Spices add nice aroma and flavor to your pulao dish. Commonly used spices for this dish are cloves, green cardamoms, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, ginger, garlic, star anise (chakr phool), and fennel seeds.
Vegetables make this dish very healthy. One way to make your kids enjoy vegetables is to serve them vegetable pulao. Not only will they enjoy this dish, but it will also be a healthy meal for your kids.
Commonly used vegetables for this dish are baby carrots, green peas, french beans, cashews, and nuts.
Hotel Style Veg Pulao Recipe
Please review my detailed list of ingredients below to cook a yummy hotel style vegetable pulao in a cooker. However, you can also cook this in an instant-pot or an oven.
All Ingredients For Veg Pulao
- Long grain basmati rice of your choice. Soak the rice for at-least half an hour.
- Pure ghee or oil for cooking.
- Sliced onions.
- Green chilies which are finely chopped.
- Grated ginger also called adrak in Hindi.
- Freshly chopped cilantro leaves (dhaniya) and mint leaves (pudina).
- Salt as per your taste.
- Hot water required for cooking.
Vegetables For Veg Pulao
- Chopped carrot also called as gaajar in Hindi.
- French beans pieces.
- Green peas also known as matar.
Spices for Veg Pulao:
- Green cardamoms also known as ilaichee in hindi.
- Clove, also known as laung in hindi.
- Cinnamon stick also called daalacheenee in hindi.
- Bay leaf (tej patta) and star anise (chakr phool).
- Garam masala powder.
Tips For Preparation:
Please follow my easy yet detailed preparation tips mentioned below to get you started for cooking vegetable pulao.
- Rinse and wash the rice under running water until the water runs clear.
- Soak long grain basmati rice in enough water for at least half an hour. Now drain the water with the help of a strainer and keep the rice aside.
- I usually use a pressure cooker for a quick pulao recipe and make pulao over a medium flame.
- Add hot water to pulao than cold water which prevents soaked rice grains from breaking.
- Keep all the required spices and ingredients ready.
- Wash and finely cut all the vegetables and keep them aside. For this recipe, I have used green peas, french beans, and carrots. You can also use potatoes and cashews if you would like.
How Veg Pulao Is Made [Printable Recipe Card]
Please read below my in-depth recipe guide for vegetable pulao. You can also print this recipe free. In this way, you can have my recipe in your record. I really hope you like my recipe and that you enjoy my recipe with your friends and family
Readers can cook pulao in an instant pot or a pressure cooker. I have cooked my vegetable pulao in an instant pot. I bought it from Amazon. Readers can see below links for an instant pot and pressure cooker.
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- Pressure Cooker
Ingredients For Veg Pulao
- 1 cup Long Grain Basmati Rice (soaked for at-least half an hour)
- 1 tbsp Ghee or Oil
- 1/2 cup Onions (thinly sliced)
- 1/2 tbsp Green Chilies (finely chopped)
- 1 tbsp Ginger (grated adrak)
- 2 tbsp Cilantro Leaves (Freshly chopped- dhaniya)
- 1 tbsp Mint Leaves (Freshly chopped- pudina)
- Salt as per your taste
- 2 cups Hot Water
Vegetables For Veg Pulao
- 1/3 cup Carrot (chopped gaajar)
- 1/3 cup French Beans
- 1/3 cup Green Peas (matar)
Spices For Veg Pulao
- 2 pieces Green Cardamoms (ilaichee)
- 3 pieces Cloves (laung)
- 2 inch Cinnamon Stick (daalacheenee)
- 1 piece Bay Leaf (tej patta)
- 1 piece Star Anise (chakr phool)
- 1 tbsp Garam Masala Powder
- Heat oil/ghee in a pressure cooker, once oil/ghee is heated add star anise, bay leaf, cloves, green cardamoms, and cinnamon stick.
- Saute these whole spices on a medium flame for a minute till they start to crackle.
- Add thinly sliced onions, saute onions well on medium flame until they turn golden brown, keep stirring continuously.
- Add grated ginger, green chilies, and all of the finely chopped vegetables. Mix them well and saute it on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes. Add coriander leaves, mint leaves mix it well.
- Add garam masala powder, salt as per your taste and stir it very well.
- Add the drained rice, mix it gently and cook it on a medium flame for a minute, stirring continuously.
- Now add 2 cups of hot water. Mix everything well, taste the water for species and salt. Now close the pressure cooker lid, pressure cook it for 2 whistles. Please wait patiently and allow steam to escape before opening the lid.
Side Dish For Pulao
Veg pulao is often made as a main course meal. It is most often a go-to recipe for occasions like birthdays, potlucks, festivals, family get-together, house-warming parties, etc. If you have guests coming over, serve them some hot and filling vegetable pulao.
Side dishes that complement a veg pulao are plenty. Do check out my blog post on how to make these side dishes as well. These side dishes will surely give your pulao an extra edge.
The following are side dishes that you can have with your biryani.
- Onion and Cucumber Raita: This is a yogurt-based side dish. It is the easiest side to make and it hardly takes 15 minutes to prepare. Irrespective of veg or non-veg pulao, it compliments both dishes very well. Veggies like cucumber, onion, and tomato bring down the spice levels and help your digestion as well.
- Mirchi Ka Salan: Salan means curry in Urdu. A pungent curry made with spices and chili or capsicum. Salan is most commonly eaten with rice-based dishes. It complements dishes like pulao, biryani, or tahari very well.
- Vegetable Kurma: This is the most common side dish to be had with a pulao. It is a curry-based side-dish just like salan but it is made either with potatoes or with mixed vegetables.
- Masala Papad: This is my favorite sides to be had with veg pulao. Simply roast papad and top it up with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. Sprinkle some Chaat Masala (a powdered mix of spices) over the papad to add some sour taste.
Is Veg Pulao Recipe Healthy?
Absolutely yes! Well, you can be rest assured and enjoy your vegetable pulao guilt-free. Wondering how? Let me share some easy tips and hacks that will make your veg pulao healthy.
While cooking your pulao, use olive oil instead of pure ghee or regular cooking oil. I often use olive oil. Instead of using regular yogurt for raita, go for a low-calorie yogurt.
Instead of using white long grain basmati rice, you can use brown rice. If you are too concerned with calories, you can also use quinoa, shirataki rice, or riced cauliflower.
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