Wednesday, October 30, 2013

VEGETABLE PULAO ( With Shan Biriyani Masala )

Veg pulao is the most healthiest option for one pot meals.. I keep trying out variations with different spice mixes and masala pastes. Today's version is with the flavourful Shan Biriyani Masala. I just love the flavours of this powder.

Rice ... 1 & 1/2 cups
Cauliflower ... 8-10 florets
Capsicum/bell pepper ... 1 cup of green and red colours,cubed
Green peas .......... handful
(add any vegetables of your choice)
Onion ............ 1 small, sliced
Ginger garlic paste .... 1 tbsp.
Green chillies ............ 1-2
Tomato ... .... 1 medium
Cardamoms ......... 3-4
Cloves ................. 3-4
Cinnamon .......... 1 " piece
Bay leaf .............. 1-2
Turmeric powder ... 1/4 tsp
Yogurt ............. half cup
Biriyani Masala... 1 & 1/2 tbsp.

(I used Shan Sindhi Biriyani Masala)
( available at all Indian grocery stores in USA)
Mint leaves ........... handful
Coriander leaves ... handful
1. Wash the rice and soak it for 1 hour.

2. In a pressure cooker heat oil and add the whole spices, the ginger garlic paste and saute. Add the onions and stir fry till golden brown.
3. Tip in the vegetables,green chillies, tomato, salt, turmeric.

4. Mix the biriyani masala with the yogurt and add to the vegetables.(The measurement given on the packet is a lot..makes it too strong in spices.. I usually add one tbsp. for one cup of rice)
5. Simmer for a few minutes.

6. Now add the rice and double quantity of water.( If using Basmati, add a little less than double). Check the salt and close the pressure cooker.
7. After 2 whistles, simmer it a little and close the gas. Leave it for 5-7 minutes before opening the cooker.

8. Carefully seperate the rice with the back of the spoon. I use a chop stick to do this.
Serve with raita or fried potatoes.


  1. This pulao is looking very tempting.. Too good.

  2. Flavorful and yummy pulao,perfect meal..

  3. Super flavourful one pot meal,makes me hungry..

  4. Yum Yum Yum

  5. wow delicious recipe,pls pass the plate...

  6. I bet this is delicious to eat as is.. Yummy!!!

    Thanks for linking it to my event!!!! Looking forward for more yummy recipes!!!


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  7. Absolutely amazing! What color... What flavors... And nutritious too :) Can't wait till I post a link on that group, ShobhaJi :)

  8. I love these one pot kind of meals, spicy and tasty all you need is raita.

  9. I love one pot meals, so easy to make and filling too..

  10. I've actually not tried making pulao or biryani in a pressure cooker. I usually cook it in a pot or in the rice cooker. Trying out different masala mix means the pulao tastes different every time. Good idea.

    1. I make it often in the pressure cooker specially when I am shortof time.

  11. evergreen recipe ,, I love this a lot.. good medley of veggies and rice :)


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