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Easy Vegetable Pulao Recipe

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 veg pulao, vegetable rice pilaf, vegetable rice pulao
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


  • 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:


Instant Pot Method:

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

Stovetop Indian Pressure Cooker Instructions

  • Follow the same steps, as Instant Pot.
  • Add basmati rice, 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.

Stovetop Pot Instructions

  • Follow the same steps, as Instant Pot.
  • Add basmati rice, 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 a 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.


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.


  • Type of Rice: You can use any fragrant rice. I prefer using Basmati Rice for this pulao.
  • Other vegetables: You may add other veggies like sweet corn, bell pepper, cauliflower, potatoes, and mushrooms to this recipe. I have used fresh vegetables. But may also use frozen vegetables.
  • Protein: You can also add pan-fried paneer (cottage cheese), or crispy tofu to make paneer veg pulao and boost protein intake.
  • Coconut Milk: You can also add ½ cup of full-fat coconut milk to enhance the pulao taste, but make sure to adjust the water accordingly.
  • Bread Croutons: You can also add ghee-roasted bread croutons to add a nice taste and texture to the pulao.
  • Nuts: You can also add roasted nuts like cashews to this pulao.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


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