Microwave Vegetable Pulao

  • Author: Kavitha
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2-4 people 1x


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Onions
  • 1 cup Mixed Vegetables (Carrots, green Beans, Bell Peppers, Cauliflower, Corn, Peas etc.)
  • 2 Green Chilli, split in the center (remove seeds for less spicy version)
  • 3 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 34 Cloves
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Salt (adjust to suit taste)
  • 1.5 cups Water *

Note – Water – Usually you will have to use a bit more water while cooking in the microwave. So whatever you use to cook your rice in the pan, use around 1/4 cup more in microwave


  1. Wash the rice extremely well. If you have the time, soak for 30 minutes. Drain and set the rice aside.
  2. Heat oil in microwave for 2 minutes.
  3. Add cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, green chilli, ginger, garlic & mix well. Microwave on full power for 2 minutes until the spices start to get aromatic.
  4. Add the onions & mixed vegetables and mix well. Microwave for 2-3 minutes or until the onions have turned translucent and the vegetables have softened a bit.
  5. Add the drained out rice and salt and mix well. Microwave for 2 minutes for the rice to dry out a bit.
  6. Add the water and mix well. At this point, you can taste to check for seasoning and add more salt if required.
  7. Microwave for 12-15 minutes on full power. Once or twice, stop; remove the bowl, mix everything with a fork and continue to cook.
  8. Once the rice is cooked, give one final mix up with a fork and enjoy hot pulao!

Microwaving on Full Power – if you have a simple Microwave with no power options, you can simply set the time & cook.