Sunday, 17 November 2013

Vegetable pulao in pressure cooker| how to make easy pressure cooker veg pulav

Todays  recipe is delicious ,easy and quick vegetable pulao recipe cooked in a pressure cooker. 

Vegetable pulao is a north Indian vegetarian dish that can be easily prepared in the rice cookers within minutes. This dish can also be served with any chicken, mutton or veg side dish or simply enjoyed with raita, pickle and papad.

It is one of the best one pot dishes in many kitchens during many occasions like dropping of sudden guests at home or feeling like eating something different from the normal routine meal ,tired to cook entire meal etc. It’s a complete balanced dish that can be eaten by its own or accompanied with cucumber or mixed raita.A good option for lunch box.

There is no set rule or method in preparing this dish. You can use either one or any number of vegetables, make it spicy or mild easily molding it to suit your mood for the day.

 Pulao is a dish that is combined with all the ingredients like vegetables, meat, spices cooked together to make the dish but in case of biryani they are half cooked separately and put in layers and cooked on dum (slow process of cooking over a very slow flame).

Ingredients :

Basmati rice / ordinary raw rice -2 cup
Onion - 1
Green chilli -2
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Mint leaves - handful

Potato -1
1 medium tomato, chopped
Cauliflower -6 florets 
Peas - 1/3 cup
Lemon juice -2 tsp
Oil -2 tbsp + ghee - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
hyderabadi garam masala - 1 tsp
Yoghurt- 3 tsp (optional)
Salt as required.

For the seasoning
Cinnamon -1 inch piece
Cardamom -1
Bay leaf -2
Shahijeera(black cumin) / cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Cloves -2
pepper corns - 5
Mace (javitri)-1

For garnishing
12-15 cashews
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 to 3 tbsp oil for frying the onions and cashews


1. Wash rice & soak it in  water for atleast 30 minutes .Meanwhile cut the vegetables .

2.Add  ghee+oil in a cooker fry sliced onions till brown and keep aside for same ghee add the whole garam masala (cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, shahi jeera, bay leaves, javitri) black peppercorns, black cumin. 

3. Saute garam masala next add chopped onions and sauté till they are  browned , add salt and ginger garlic paste and sauté.

3. Add chopped  green chillies, mint leaves, chopped cilantro, add a little chilli powder, cumin powder and coriander powder,garam masala.

4. Add the cut potatoes, sauté the potatoes and add the remaining vegetable like tomato ,carrots, green peas. Add small amount of yoghurt (optional) and sauté.

5. Add  soaked basmati rice to  above masala  mix well.

6.Add about 3&1/2 cups of hot water to the rice & let it boil.cover the pressure cooker with its lid and pressure cook the rice on a medium or high flame for 2 whistles. 

7. Allow cooker to cool. when the rice is done, gently fluff the rice.

8. Vegetable pulao is ready.   Garnish the pulao with roasted cashewnuts and fried onions.serve with boondi raita, plain raita or onion-tomato raita, vegetable salad or pickle and papad.


1.The proportion of water in any rice depends on whether the rice is new-crop or aged. For new-crop rice, the amount of water should be 1.5 times in proportion to the rice. Or if it is aged rice, use double amount of water.
2. Use vegetables depending on the availibility in your home.
3. can add fried cashew nuts (kaju) and fried raisins in above pulao

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