July 19, 2006

Vegetable Pulao

We had plans for going out for a movie. But before that we wanted dinner - something different and simple we thought - and decided upon pulao. One pot meal with lightly sauted vegetables, cooked with rice and light flavoring.
It is quick and delicious and we were in time for the movie. :)


2 cups Basmati rice - washed and soaked for atleast 30 minutes
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/2 cup pea
1 medium onion - chopped thinly lengthwise
1 medium tomato - chopped
1/4 cup grated coconut - frozen or fresh
1 tspoon ginger- grated or chopped
1/2 tspoon curry powder
1/4 tspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tspoon chilli powder
1/2 tspoon garam masala
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 tbspoon oil
6 cups water
salt to taste

Heat oil and temper with cumin seeds and bay leaf.
Once the cumin seeds are toasty, add the onions and ginger.
Saute till the onions are translucent.
Add the coconut and tomatoes and cook for another couple of minutes.
Then add the vegetables and powder masalas.
Saute it together for 5-7 minutes.
Once the vegetables mix well and start to soften, add the rice.
Cook it together till the rice starts boiling.At this stage, add the water, put it on medium heat and cook for 20-22 minutes till the water disappears.We enjoyed the pulao with carrot raita and roasted papad.


  1. Your pulav looks very delicious. I love mashrooms in pulav. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you Shilpa. The Mushroom & Pea Pulao was indeed a find. I plan on making it again... soon. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Very nice recipe Mandira ! have never tried pulao with curry powder. Shall give this one a try soon. Thank u for the recipe

  4. Priya
    Welcome to Ahaar and thank you. This was my first time trying the pulao with coconut and curry powder. It turned out really nice.
    Do keep visiting.

  5. The pulao looks delicious. The curry powder must be adding to the flavour.Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.The photos are looking nice :)

  6. Anonymous5:34 PM

    Hi Mandira,
    I have these veggies at home right now and decided to make this.But instead of curry powder,can u suggest something else that i could add to get a good taste. i dont have curry pwdr at home...in fact, what is curry powder? is it a powder made from curry leaves?

  7. Anon- it is indeed powdered dry curry leaves. They give it a good flavor. You can also add some dried mint leaves to it, that should give it a nice flavor too :)

  8. Anonymous4:13 PM

    Thanks a lot for this recipe,Mandira! i made it last night and loved it :) since i didnt have curry powder/leaves(indian store is quite far away for us!), i substituted it with some Badshah Veg biryani masala that i had.
    Today I'm going to try your kadai chicken recipe..my 'fri special' dinner for my husband :)

  9. Anon - I am so glad that you liked the vegetable pulao. Do let me know how the kadai chicken turns out!


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