Mixed Bean Pulao /Navadhaniya Pulao

Mixed bean pulao is a delectable one pot delicacy,in which rice is cooked along with mixed beans and mild spices.
It is a well balanced and fulfilling dish,tastes divine when paired with raita.This pulao is an ideal dish to cook on a lazy day,as it takes less than 30 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker,if the legumes/beans are soaked. Here I have used black,white channa,green,white peas,pigeon peas,rajma,mochai,black eye beans,mung beans.One can simply soak the mixed beans and make the pulao.No proportions are measurements need to be perfect for the amount of beans,just add them how you would like. Here is the recipe for quick,easy and protein packed pulao.

                                 Mixed Bean Pulao/Navadhaniya  Pulao

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
   Serves ~ 4(generously)


Basmathi rice
1.25 cups
Soaked mixed beans
1.5 cups
Onion(thinly sliced)
2 medium size
Tomato(finely chopped)
1 medium size
Mint leaves/pudina(finely chopped)
4 tbs
Red chilly powder/milagai podi
1/2 tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
1 tsp
Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp
Lemon juice
2 tsp
1.5 tsp
1 tbs
2 tsp
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)
2 tbs
2.25-2.5 cups
  Grind to a coarse paste

4-5 cloves
1 inch piece
Green chilly/pachamilagai

  For the tempering

Bay leaf
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/2 tsp

  • Soak the basmathi rice in water,grind the given ingredients given' to grind' to a coarse paste and keep it aside. 
  • Heat oil and ghee in a pressure pan.Do the tempering with the given ingredients.Add in the ground paste and fry it till the raw smell goes off.Saute the sliced onion till golden.Add in the chopped tomato,mint and coriander leaves.Cook it until the tomato is mushy.
  • Now add in the spice powders and salt.Give it a mix and now add in the soaked beans.Mix it well.
  • Add the water and allow it to boil.Once the water is boiled,add in the soaked rice.Now goes in the lemon juice,chopped coriander leaves and a tsp of ghee if needed.
  • Close it with the lid and pressure cook it for 2 whistles in a medium flame.Put off the flame and remove it once the pressure subsides.Mix it with a fork  gently.
  • Serve it with raita

  • If you are soaking the beans for this pulao,soak each bean a tbs for this measurement.
  • The spices given are  for medium spice level.
  • The amount of green chillies can be increased for a spicy level.
  • For a richer version,1/2 cup of coconut milk is also used along with the water.
  • The amount of water varies depending on the quality of the rice.



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The rice looks so good and the whole idea is awesome. I love one pot meals and its great that your tried with these beans. the rice must have tasted great Nalini!

You have used so many varieties of beans, I can only imagine all the lovely flavors in the pulao.

Awesome ! I normally use chickpeas or kidney beans , but this is like a power packed Pulao ! Bookmarking to try soon .

Give me that bowl, i can finish it rite now without any fuss. My kind of comforting meal. Simply love these sort of beans loaded rice dish.

Getting rice this much fluffy in pressure cooker is truly brilliant. With the mixed beans, the pulao looks so delicious Nalini..

The rice looks so perfect aND love the protein filled option. This us a great recipe to try with the bean mix we get in stores. I have half a pack left after making soup. I a going to try this.

What a flavorful pulao that is with so many beans.

I do make pancakes out of mixed beans, but never made a pulav out of it. This looks so healthy and lovely colourful pulav.

That is one nutritious and well made pulao, Nalini. Each grain is standing separately and the pulao looks inviting.

A protein packed complete food, this pulao is looking quite inviting along with that raita as a side.

Thats one nutritious Pulao with all the goodness of Legumes. Simple recipe Nalini.

what a great protein packed one pot dish

Such a healthy and yummy pulao.. Beautifully presented!!

Such a protein rich pulao and that too a one pot meal! Am trying this asap!!


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