Wednesday 11 December 2013

Vegetable Pulao - Pressure cooker recipes

Blogging Marathon # 35 Week 2 Day 2
Theme : Pressure Cooker Recipes
Course : Main course

I love to cook in pressure cooker a reason it is very quick and saves fuel and time and secondly the falovurs of masala / spices are blended well and every grain or bit is full of aroma and flavours. My husband likes the open cooking method say if I ask him shall we make Pulao his first choice would be to make in pot rather than cooker as he likes the bite of rice to be al-dente but i love it to be soft, and when he is not around it is one pot meal. So today we are going to make very simple yet delicious pulao.

Preparation time : 10 mins + Soaking time : 30 mins
Cooking time : 20 mins
Serves : 4
Difficulty level : Easy

Ingredients :
1 cup parboiled basmati or sella basmati rice
2 medium carrot cut into thick julienne of 2 "
2 medium onion cut into thick julienne of 2 "
1 medium potato cut into thick julienne of 2 "
few cauliflower florets
1/4 cup frozen or fresh peas
1/2 cup/ 6-8 french beans cut into 2" peices
2 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
2 tbsp olive oil
2 bay leaves
1/2 khada masala
salt to taste

For Paste :
3 medium hot green chillies
2 cloves of garlic or 1/2 tsp garlic paste
1" ginger / 1/2 tsp ginger paste

Method : 
  • Wash and soak rice in cold water wit 1/2 tsp salt for atleast 30 mins.
  • Grind the paste ingredients.
  • Heat butter and oil in pressure cooker on slow heat. When it gets hot add bay leave and jeera seeds.
  • When it is brown add vegetables saute for a min, add ginger garlic and paste saute for a 2 -3 mins or raw smell of garlic vanishes.
  • Strain rice and add, saute till it oil coats. Add salt, masala and saute for a min.
  • Add 2 1/2 cup of water and when water comes to boil, close the lid.
  • Cook for 10 min for or for 2 whistle on high flame, reduce the flame and cook for 5 min.
  • Let it cool, open the lid and serve hot with dal tadka or raita of your choice.
Note :
  • You can use normal basmati rice instead of sella, if using normal then soak for 10 mins only.
  • Adding of salt while soaking rice prevents breaking of rice and end result would be whiter and fluffy rice.
  • If using normal basmati rice use only 2 cups of water
  • Can add turmeric and tomato to the rice this will enhance the colour and taste.
  • After adding water to rice let it boil or else you will end up with a lumpy and sticky rice.

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Briju Parthasarathy


  1. very delicious ans yummy pulao :) thats an super quick way to make them !!

  2. Rice looks delicious...please send me an email on for more details for potluck party. Thank you !

  3. I love vegetable pulao. Looks delicious! Yes, you too made a pulao for this theme.. :)

    1. Hi Usha, yes it was coincidence as had drafted this as soon as i got the theme, when i saw your post thought of changing but had no time to prepare new dish as had some appointments set, but your recipe is also delicious. Thanks for browsing.

  4. love all the variety of veggies in this

  5. Colorful n delicious pulao!! Perfect lunch with some crisps n raita!!

  6. Mmmmm! Lovely pulao. I find it difficult to make a pulao in a cooker as the bite has to different for every different veggie for us. But will try this one out its too delicious


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