Beetroot Pulao /Beetroot Rice

For the second of the pick one and do different category theme wanted to try a one pot meal with beetroot.
This pulao is a great option for for lunch box and no fancy ingredients needed to make.Here I used coconut milk to give a rich taste.If you want you can skip and use water.This pulao has a mildly sweet and spicy.A simple raita makes a great accompaniment,even it tastes well with chips.Off to the recipe.................................................

                                                                                                            Beetroot Pulao/Beetroot Rice         

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 20-30 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 30 minutes
   Serves ~ 2



Basmathi rice
1 cup
1 medium size
Green chilly
3 (slit lengthy)
Onion(thinly sliced)
1 (medium size)
Green peas/pattani
1/4 cup(fresh/frozen)
Ginger&garlic paste
1 tbs
Coconut milk
1/2 cup
Turmeric powder1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder1/2 tsp
1/8 tsp
Coriander powder
1/2 tsp
Mint leaves/pudina
few leaves(optional)
3/4 tsp
Lemon juice1 tsp
Coriander leaves2 tbs
Oil+ghee11/2 tbs+1 tsp

  For the Tempering
2' piece
Star anise
1 petal
Bay leaf

  • Soak the rice for 20- 30 minutes.Slice the onion and chop the beetroot to slightly bigger piece.
  •  Heat a pressure pan with oil+ghee,do the tempering with the ingredients given.Fry the cashews if you are using to golden.Add in the green chilly,mint leaves and onion.Saute it with a pinch of salt till the onion becomes translucent.Add in the ginger&garlic paste,fry it till the raw smell goes off.

  • Now add in the chopped beetroot and green peas,give it a mix.At this stage the spice powders and salt,mix it well till everything blends well. Now completely drain the water from the soaked rice and add it.

  • Gently give it a mix,add in the coconut milk and hot water to it.Let it cook for one boil,now reduce the flame to low and cover the pan with lid.Cook for 15-17 minutes or 2 whistles.After the pressure subsides add the lemon juice and mix it well.

  • Serve it with raita or chips.

  • Addition of cashews and mint leaves are purely optional.
  • Here I used 1/2 cup of coconut milk and 11/4 cups of hot water for 1 cup of rice.


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Delicious pulao..Perfect one pot meal.

look at that delicious long perfectly cooked grains.. so tempting

Looks delicious. Very colorful too

I am amazed. How come the whole rice is not looking red? What's the secret behind...

Perfect one pot meal.. So yummy

Wholesome meal... I too make this as my daughter loves it. But as Ruchi said, how come its not red?

Always love these one pot meals... Pressure cooker the life saver.

Ruchi and Annu Swamy,

I washed the chopped beetroot in cold water for 3 times and addition of coconut milk also makes the color lighter...

I love pulao and this one looks colorful and delicious. As usual the pictures are perfect and very inspiring.

Wow, just cant resist to this prefectly cooked pulao.

A colorful and nutritious pulao.

These days, anything with coconut milk catches my eye! I am so going to make this.

That looks interesting besides being colorful.

Such a flavorful and colorful beets pulao.

Wow looks amazing Nalini..I was almost expecting the pulao to be red..nice that it held its colour

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