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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao is a very popular dish in Indian cooking prepared with rice and vegetables and served with raita / yoghurt and salad.

I used to prepare vegetable pulao in the traditional way of boiling rice and vegetables in a cooker but tried this recipe in the microwave (900 wattage). It tasted just as fine. Here is the recipe:


Vegetables (equal quantity each)

  • 50 gms peas, shelled
  • 50 gms carrot, finely chopped
  • 50 gms cauliflower florets, small pieces
  • 50 gms french beans, finely chopped
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 100 gms paneer, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp jeera / cumin seeds
  • 1 large cinnamon sticks / dalchini (halved into 2 pieces)
  • 2 cloves / laung / lobongo
  • 2 black cardamoms / badi elachi (crushed)
  • 2 bay leaves / tejpata
  • 50 gms raisins / kishmish
  • 1 tsp ghee / white oil
  • 2 cups water
  • salt to taste


  • roasted cashewnuts / kaju (halved)
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves, finely chopped


  1. Wash the rice thoroughly. Take a deep bowl of water and soak rice for 20 mins.
  2. Soak the raisins in water (if you are using refrigerated raisins) and drain the water after 5 mins. Keep aside.
  3. Take a microwave safe bowl and microwave oil / ghee at 100% power for 30 mins.
  4. Add chopped onion at microwave at 100% power for 1 min.
  5. Add cumin seeds, cinnamon sticks, cloves, black cardamoms, bay leaves to the sauted onions and microwave at 100% power for 1 min (Stir after 30 secs).
  6. Add the raisins, all the vegetables, soaked rice and 2 cups of water (ratio is 1 cup rice: 2 cups of water) and microwave covered at 100% power for 10 mins.
  7. Add the paneer cubes and microwave covered at 100% power for 1 min.
  8. Now microwave again at 60% power for 5 more mins. Stir in between.
  9. Allow to stand in the micro for 5 mins.
  10. Transfer in a serving plate and garnish with roasted cashewnuts and chopped coriander leaves.
  11. Serve hot with dal, salads and yoghurt / raita.


anudivya said...

There are certain things that just look like they would taste good. Yours looks like that. Rustic and prefectly cooked.

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