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Vegetable Rice Pulao/Pilaf Recipe (How to Make Easy Veg Pulao)

Vegetable Pulao is an easy one pot rice dish made with rice, mixed vegetables and mildly flavored with various whole spices
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword healthy, veg pulao, vegetable rice pilaf
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 280kcal
Author Bhavana Patil

Ingredients

Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1.5-2 cups mixed veggies (carrots, beans, peas, cauliflower and potato)
  • 1 medium onion sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons coriander (cilantro) chopped
  • 1.5 cups water  depends on rice quality
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil ghee (clarified butter)

Whole Spices:

Instructions

Instant Pot Method:

  • Firstly, press SAUTE mode on Instant Pot. Add oil or ghee and once it's hot add all the whole spices and saute for a few seconds.
    step to saute whole spices collage
  • Next add ginger-garlic paste, green chilies, and saute till the raw smell of ginger and garlic disappears.
    step to saute green chilies and ginger garlic paste collage
  • Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes until they turn soft and light brown in color - stir regularly.
    step to saute onions till brown collage
  • Add mixed vegetables, mint, coriander leaves and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Then add the water and deglaze the pot to remove any stuck bits at the bottom of the pot.
    step to add vegetables and cook collage
  • Next add rinsed basmati rice, salt and mix everything well. Adjust seasoning at this stage.
    step to add rice and water pressure cook collage
  • Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to Sealing. Cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Once the Pot beeps, wait for Natural Pressure Release (NPR). Remove lid away from you, Squeeze some lime juice.
    vegetable rice pilaf in instant pot insert
  • Vegetable Pulao is ready. Serve with Raita or plain yogurt.
    vegetable pulao served in a bowl with bay leaf on side

Indian Pressure Cooker on Stovetop Method:

  • Follow the process mentioned above until step 6.
  • Add 2 cups of water, salt and mix well. Close the lid place a whistle and cook for 1 whistle on medium flame.
  • After pressure has release naturally Fluff up the rice gently. Squeeze some lime juice. Vegetable Pulao is ready. Serve with Raita or plain yogurt.

To cook in a Vessel on Stovetop Method:

  • Follow the process mentioned above until step 6
  • Add 2.5 cups of water, salt and mix well. Let everything come to a boil. Then reduce the flame to low and tightly cover the vessel with a lid. Cook on very low flame until all the water has evaporated.
  • Then switch off the flame and let it rest covered for at least 15 minutes. Fluff up the rice gently. Squeeze some lime juice. Vegetable Pulao is ready. Serve with Raita or plain yogurt.

Notes

I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT

Tips to make perfect Veg Pulao

  1. Soaking basmati rice is not mandatory. In this recipe, I dint soak the rice. But if you have time you can soak for 15-20 minutes and reduce water by ¼ cup. Makes the rice fluffy.
  2. Add slower cooking vegetables like potatoes to the oil first and cook it for 2 minutes then add faster cooking vegetables like green beans, carrot, peas. This helps all the veggies to cook evenly.
 

Variations

  1. You can use any kind of rice. But I prefer Basmati Rice for this pulao.
  2. In this recipe, I have used fresh vegetables. But you can also use frozen vegetables too.
  3. You can also add bread croutons and roasted cashews to add a nice taste and texture to the pulao.
 
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 55.2g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 4.1g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Sodium: 603mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 4.8g | Sugar: 3.2g | Vitamin A: 2200IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 400mg | Iron: 0.4mg