Vegetable Pulao/Simple Lunch with Vegetable Pulao,Roti,Dal and Soya chunks Curry

We are entering the final week of Blogging Marathon and I opted to share Lunch dishes.Today's recipe is a flavorful vegetable pulao, made in a pressure cooker.
So many variations can be made,but here I deep fried the marinated cauliflowers florets and added to the pulao.This attempt I tried after having chicken 65 biriyani,couple of times in a restaurant.Lets move on to the recipe....

                                              Vegetable Pulao/Veggie Pulao

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 15 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 40 -45 minutes
   Serves ~ 3(generously)


Basmathi rice
 11/2 cups
Onion(thinly sliced)
2 medium size
Carrot (chopped into 1 inch piece)
Beans((chopped into 1 inch piece)
Green peas/pacha pattani
1/4 cup(fresh or frozen)
Ginger&garlic paste
1.25 tbs
Green chilly/pachamilagai
4-5 (slit lengthy)
Mint leaves/pudina
a fistful(chopped)
Coriander leaves/kothamalli
as needed(finely chopped)
Garm masala powder
1/4 tsp
Lemon juice
2 tsp
2 tbs
1 tbs
Hot water
2.5 cups

  For the tempering

2 inch piece
Bay leaf
Star anise
Green cardamom
1/4 tsp
  For the Cauliflower Fry

Cauliflower florets
1.5 cups
Ginger& Garlic paste
1.5 tsp
Gram flour/kadala maavu
2 tbs 
Rice Flour/arisi maavu
1 tbs
All purpose flour/maida
1 tbs
Red chilly powder/milagi podi
1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)
1 tsp
Lemon juice
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
for frying


  • Soak the basmathi rice in water,meanwhile heat a pressure pan or cooker with oil and ghee,do the tempering with the given ingredients.Add the sliced onion and green chilly along with a pinch of salt.Saute it for a minute,then goes in the chopped coriander and mint leaves.Continue sauteing until the onion turns transparent. 

  • Add in the ginger& garlic paste,fry it till the raw smell disappears.Add the chopped veggies and green peas,mix it well.Add in salt and garam masala powder.Now completely drain the water from the soaked rice and add it.Give it a mix till everything gets blend well.

  • Now add the hot water and let it boil.Add the lemon juice and some chopped coriander leaves.Cover it with the lid and cook it for 2 whistles in a medium flame and put off the flame.

  • When the pulao is getting cooked,take the ingredients given for cauliflower fry,except cauliflower and oil.Mix it with a tbs of water to a paste.To this add the cauliflower florets and mix it well.

  • Heat oil in a pan and once it becomes hot,sprinkle the cauliflower and fry it until golden.Remove it from the oil and add it to the cooked pulao.Mix it well and cover it with the lid for 5 minutes.

  • Serve it along with raita and chips or curry of your choice.

  • Instead of cauliflower,paneer can be fried and added
  • The amount of water depends on the quality of rice.
  • Roasted cashews can be also be added for extra rich taste.
  • Do not cook for more than two whistles,otherwise the rice will turn out mushy.


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what a tempting thali.. I am hungry now

The entire thali looks so so sinful Nalini, the rice is done so perfectly!.

Omg ! What a wonderful spread.Everything looks so delicious.Love the rice with fried cauliflower.

Thali looks super delicious, especially those addition of fried cauliflower makes this pulao more tempting.

Awesome thali Nalini. Those roasted cauliflower in the rice looks so inviting..

That roasted gobi touch makes the rice dish more inviting. Love your delicious thali.

Love how each rice grain is separate and cooked well. The spread is like out of a restaurant!

My my I can't take my eyes out of your pictures. The rice looks so good and the entire thali is so scrumptious

The pulao has come out so perfect and love the spread!

Wow that is a yummy looking pulao and love the addition of fried cauliflower in there.

Lovely presentation as always.

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I am Usha. Pictures are all awesome Mam. Love your pulao pictures.

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