Vegetable Pulao with Raita

This is my go to recipe for making vegetable pulao in the pressure cooker. A simple one pot meal to put together at any time!

Vegetable Pulao and Raita Recipe | How to make Pulav in Pessure Cooker I’m now seriously wondering how many rice dishes I can convince you to make. After baking, making one pot meals seems to be my most favorite thing to do. And why not??? When you can have flavorful, piping hot Pilaf in under 30 minutes, making this is the intelligent thing to do; especially when you’re short for time and longing to eat a meal fit for the kings!

Vegetable Pulao is an Indian rice based dish that is made with aromatic long grained rice (called Basmati) and a mixture of various dry spices, veggies and fruits & nuts. Although this recipe is made in the Pressure Cooker, you can just as easily adapt this onto a pan with high sides. Having a pressure cooker just makes your job easier.

And to serve, you can make any spicy curry / gravy based dish or a simple “Raita” – which is nothing but diced onions, cucumbers, etc. mixed with salted yogurt. The cooling effect of the Raita and the spicy Pulao together make a heavenly combo!   Vegetable Pulao and Raita Recipe | How to make Pulav in Pessure Cooker

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Vegetable Pulao with Raita
 
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Long Grained Rice (Basmati)
  • 1 cup Sliced Onions
  • 2 cups Mixed Vegetables (*See Note below)
  • 2-3 Green Chilli, slit in middle (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger, grated
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • ¼ cup Dry fruit & Nuts, chopped roughly (Raisins, Cashew, Almond etc.) {Optional}
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 2 Bay Leaves (Tej Patta)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Oil or Ghee
  • 2 teaspoons Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 and ½ cups Water * (adjust according to type of rice)
  • 4-5 tablespoons chopped Coriander / Cilantro Leaves
Note - Mixed vegetables that you can use - (slice thin and long)
  • French (Green) Beans, Bell Pepper, Carrots, Green Peas, Cauliflower Florets, Broccoli, Corn kernels, Baby Corn, Potato cubes
For the RAITA (makes 1-2 cups)
  • ½ cup Onions / Cucumber - finely chopped
  • 1 cup Cold Plain Yogurt / Curd
  • ½ teaspoon Black Salt (adjust to taste) (*or regular salt)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped
Note - Amount of Water
  • For 1 cup of Basmati Rice, I use 1.5 cups of Water. Based on the type of rice you're using and the desired texture, the amount of water you use will differ.
Instructions
  1. Wash the rice under cold water till clean. Set aside
  2. In the pressure cooker, heat the Oil / Ghee. Add the cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf and dry fruits & nuts and saute for 30-45 seconds on medium heat till the aroma of spices starts to come.
  3. Add the green chilli, ginger, garlic and fry for another 20 seconds.
  4. Add the sliced onions and fry till they turn translucent.
  5. Add the rest of the mixed vegetables and fry for 1-2 minutes till they start to sweat and reduce a bit.
  6. Finally, add the washed & drained rice. Mix well with the vegetables.
  7. Add the water and salt and mix well. Let the water come to a boil.
  8. Close the cooker with the lid and put the whistle on. Let it cook on medium heat. After 1 Whistle, switch off the flame. Let the pressure release completely (15 minutes).
  9. Open the lid and fluff up the rice using 2 forks or back of a wooden spoon. Garnish with Coriander / Cilantro Leaves & serve!
For the raita
  1. Beat the curd / yogurt along with salt with a spoon for a smooth mixture.
  2. Add the finely chopped Onion / Cucumber and Coriander / Cilantro Leaves. Mix well and serve.

Vegetable Pulao and Raita Recipe | How to make Pulav in Pessure Cooker

Vegetable Pulao and Raita Recipe | How to make Pulav in Pessure Cooker

You’ll need –
Vegetable Pulao and Raita Recipe | How to make Pulav in Pessure Cooker

Heat Oil in the cooker. Add the dry spices, dry fruits & nuts. Let it fry for a minute on medium heat till aroma of spices starts to come.
Vegetable Pulao and Raita Recipe | How to make Pulav in Pessure Cooker

Add the green chilli, ginger-garlic paste & onions. Fry on medium heat for 1-2 minutes or till the onions are translucent. Add other mixed vegetables and mix for 1 minute or till the veggies sweat a little bit.
Vegetable Pulao and Raita Recipe | How to make Pulav in Pessure Cooker

Add the washed and drained rice and mix well with the veggies & spices. Add water and let it come upto a boil.
Vegetable Pulao and Raita Recipe | How to make Pulav in Pessure Cooker

Close the cooker and let it cook upto 1 whistle. Switch off and let the pressure release complete. Open the lid, fluff up the rice using a fork and garnish with coriander leaves.
Vegetable Pulao and Raita Recipe | How to make Pulav in Pessure Cooker

For the Raita, mix yogurt & salt to form a smooth mixture. Add finely chopped onion & coriander leaves,
Vegetable Pulao and Raita Recipe | How to make Pulav in Pessure Cooker

Serve hot & spicy Vegetable Pulao with Raita!
Vegetable Pulao and Raita Recipe | How to make Pulav in Pessure Cooker

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2 Comment

  1. […] minus the sizzle. But trust me, once you make this, it would be hard to go back to the regular old Pulao […]

  2. pulao looks tempting..very nice recipe

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