Veg Pulao is a popular Indian one pot rice dish made with vegetables, rice (usually long grain like basmati rice) and Indian spices. There are many variations of pulao and every Indian home has its own way of making this comfort food. For this post, I’m sharing a very simple version of this pulao that makes a healthy, nutritious and delicious one pot meal.
There are couple of ways in which you can make this Veg Pulao, my most preferred way is using a pressure cooker and now Instant pot. But you can also make it in regular thick bottomed vessel on a stove top. I’ve listed the different ways in the recipe notes below.
This Veg Pulao not only makes a great easy dinner for those busy weekdays but also a quick and healthy recipe for the weekend. Its a basic recipe and can be customized to your choice be it the veggies or spices or how you serve it. Pair this flavorful Veg Pulao with a curry of choice or make it simple with Raita, green chutney and you have an easy comfort meal ready.
Step by Step method of making Veg Pulao :
First wash the rice thoroughly 3-5 times until the water runs clear and then soak it for about 10-30 mins. While the rice soaks, heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan/pot or pressure cooker and once hot add the whole spices. Once they begin to sizzle add the sliced onions and cook on medium-low flame until golden brown. Then add the ginger garlic green chilli paste and cook until the raw garlic smell goes away. Now add the veggies and saute for min.
Next drain the water from the rice and add them to the veggies. Saute gently on low flame for a min so that the rice and veggies are nicely coated with the oil and onion mixture. Add 1.5 cups of water, salt, lemon juice and close the lid. Let it cook for 1-2 whistles (I cook for 1 whistle but may vary depending on rice quality) and then switch off the gas. Allow the steam to go away naturally.
Once the steam has escaped, open and fluff it with a fork. Garnish with mint and/or coriander leaves.
That’s it, our healthy, nutritious and delicious Vegetable Pulao is ready, serve it warm with Boondi Raita and Green Chutney. Enjoy!