Vegetable Pulao

This pulao is a great way to get rid of vegetables in your fridge as well as get a quick meal ready for when you’re lazy, but broke. With the soaring temperatures in Delhi my kitchen becomes a hotpot making it difficult to spend long hours there. This pulao comes together so quickly because all I have to do is dump all the ingredients in the pressure cooker and forget about it. It’s also light and filling which is exactly what you need on a hot summer day. Finish it off with a glass of minty lemonade and you’re gold! Let’s get to the recipe!

NOTE: I like my pulao to have a slightly wet consistency which is why I add tomatoes, but you can omit that.


3 tablespoons ghee

2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste

1 tablespoon cumin

1 bay leaf

2 medium onions- sliced lengthwise

1/2 cup potato – cubed

1/2 cup carrots – cubed

1/2 cup capsicum – cubed

1/2 cup beans – chopped

1/2 cauliflower florets

1/4 cup coriander – chopped

2 cups rice – washed and soaked for 30 minutes

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon chilli powder

1 teaspoon garam masala powder

1 teaspoon dry mango powder

salt to taste

water as required


  1. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Once the ghee is melted and hot, add cumin and your bay leaf and roast till fragrant.
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  3. Add the sliced onions and fry till slightly brown.
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  5. Once the onions are brown and carmelised, add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes.
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  7. Add your chopped vegetables and fry for 3 minutes.
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  9. Add some water and your masalas and let it boil for 5 minutes.
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  11. Add washed and drained rice.
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  13. Add more water if required.
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  15. Pressure cook on high heat for 3 whistles.
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  17. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with some cumin raita. Enjoy!
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