Veg Pulao

On a lazy day I wanna make something quick yet delicious, so Veg Pulao is always the best option. It is loaded with the vegetables, you can add your choice of veggies too. I have also added paneer as Husband loves it. Try it and enjoy!!!

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 10 mins, Cooking – 20 mins, Total – 30 mins

Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:

  1. Basmati Rice – 1 cup (soaked for 20 mins)
  2. Cauliflower – 1/2 cup (coarsely cut)
  3. Potato – 1/2 cup (cut in cubes)
  4. Carrot – 1/3 cup (cut in rounds)
  5. Green Peas – 1/3 cup
  6. Paneer (cottage cheese) – 1/2 cup (cut in cubes)
  7. Onions – 1 medium (finely chopped)
  8. Garlic – 2 cloves (finely chopped)
  9. Tomato – 2 medium (puree)
  10. Green Chilli – 1 (puree along with tomatoes)
  11. Ginger – 1 inch (puree along with tomatoes)
  12. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  13. Asafoetida – 1/6 tsp
  14. Bay Leaf – 1
  15. Black Cardamom – 1
  16. Cloves – 3
  17. Black Pepper – 5
  18. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  19. Red Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  20. Garam Masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  21. Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  22. Ghee (unsalted butter) – 2 tbsp (you can use oil as well)
  23. Water – 2 cups
  24. Salt to taste

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML

How to make Veg Pulao:

  1. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Add black cardamom, bay leaf, cloves and black pepper. Let them splutter
  2. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Let cumin seeds splutter
  3. Add onions and garlic. Saute will golden brown
  4. Add tomato, ginger and green chilli puree
  5. Add spices – coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder. Cook till ghee starts to separate
  6. Add vegetables – cauliflower, green peas, carrots and potatoes. Cook on medium flame for 2 mins
  7. Add soaked rice, paneer, water and salt. Mix well
  8. Close the lid and let first whistle blow on a high flame. Then turn the flame to medium and let another whistle blow (depends on the quality of the rice that how whistles it requires)
  9. Turn off the flame. Do not release the pressure
  10. Once pressure settles down. Open the lid
  11. Your Veg Pulao is ready
  12. Serve hot with your favorite raita, salad and papad. You can also top it with a teaspoon of ghee.

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