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Vegetable Pulav

• 1 cup Basmati Rice
• 2 cups of veggies ( beans, potato, peas, carrot and cauliflower)
Roughly about- 15 to 20 beans, 1 medium potato. ¼ cup green peas, 1 carrot and 6 florets of cauliflower)
• ½ cup chopped tomato
• Chopped medium sized onion – 1/2
• Vegetable oil- 3 tbsps
• Lemon juice and salt.
• Water- 1 3/4th cup

Dry spices:

• Small bay leaves- 4
• Cardamom- 4
• ½ inch Cinnamon stick or 1/ 2 tsp cinnamon powder
• Cloves- 6
• Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
• Coriander seeds- 1 ½ tsp
• Turmeric powder- 1/4th tsp

Wet masala ingredients:

• Small green chillies- 6
• Fresh coconut- 3 tbsps
• Garlic cloves- 3
• Ginger – ½ inc long
• Chopped Fresh mint- 2 tbsps
• Chopped cilantro- 1 tsp

If you happen to have ginger garlic paste from store you can use ½ tsp of it.

For tempering:Few cashews fried in oil/ ghee.


Grind all the dry spices except for bay leaves and keep it a side.Now grind the wet ingredients with little bit of water (just measure how much water you have used for grinding and reduce that amount while adding water for rice, the point is the total water amount should be not be more than 1 3/4th cup. Otherwise the pulav will become too soft).Now in a skillet add the oil, once it’s hot add the bay leaves and onion. Cook for 3 minutes till onion becomes little soft. Now add the beans and cook for a minute. Then add the dry spices, fry for 30 seconds and add the chopped tomato. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the other veggies accompanied by wet ingredients. Add some salt and let the whole mixture cook for 10 minutes in medium heat.Then add the basmati rice with water, and stir the whole mixture together. You can finish cooking in the same pot, but I generally transfer this whole mixture to a rice cooker and I finish cooking my pulav in there.Meanwhile in a small pan add some ghee and fry the cashews.Sometimes I also add bread to my pulav. What I do is I cut the white bread into small cubes and fry them in little bit of oil (it will look like croutons).Once the pulav is done, let it rest for 10 minutes, then add the fried cashew, bread and lemon juice. Taste and re season accordingly and enjoy the pulav with cucumber raita.


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