Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mixed Vegetable Pulao in Pressure Cooker

This is what I made last Sunday when I was short of time and  and craving for hot and spicy carbs!
A simple rice and vegetable dish that is filling and nutritious too.

I used my pressure  to make it. Pressure cooker speeds up the cooking time and also preserves the nutrients in the food so it is healthier for you.

This dish does not require much prep time. Just use whatever vegetables you have in the house like onions, potatoes, peas, tomatoes. If you have mixed frozen vegetables those can be used.

I ate it with a side of yogurt, raw onion salad and mixed vegetable achaar (pickle).

Nothing better than a steaming hot plate of pulao with dahi (yogurt).


2 cups uncooked rice
1 teaspoon mustard seeds 
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
a pinch of asafoetida
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons red chilli powder (use less if you don't want it too spicy)
1 tablespoon coriander powder
2 teaspoons garam masala or pav bhaji masala ( you can use a little bit of both too)
1 cup mixed vegetables (green peas, carrots, beans, lima beans etc.)
1 onion 
1 potato
2 tomatoes
1 green chilli
Cilantro for garnish
2 tablespoons oil
Salt (according to taste)


Wash and soak the rice till you prepare your vegetables. If using fresh vegetables, chop all 
vegetable and keep them aside. Slice onions and potatoes.

Heat oil, add cumin and mustard seeds. Let them splutter and then add onions and potatoes. Cook for about 5-7  minutes, till the potatoes get a slight golden crust.

Add the garlic and chopped green chillies.Then add all the dry masalas (red chilli powder,turmeric coriander powder, garam masala, pav bhaji masala). 

Stir for about a minute, then add the tomatoes and mix everything well. Once the tomatoes disintegrate, add the rice and the vegetables.

 Add one and a half cup of water to it and put the lid of the pressure cooker. I gave it 3 whistles and let the steam escape completely before opening the lid. 

You can add a dollop of pure ghee to the pulao after it is cooked for flavor.  Garnish with chopped cilantro.


  1. Looks yummy! i make a similar thing.. almost but i don't get this brown color. i shall follow your recipe step by step

  2. Thanks for posting yummy recipe.It is very nice.we can make theVegetarian pulao in a pressure cooker or in a pan. the rice grains have to be separate & yet well cooked in a pulao or biryani. cooking rice can be tricky at times and to get the right texture needs some experience. Rice is a staple diet for most of India. One of the most versatile ingredient, it can be cooked as an entree, mains or a desert.In many cultures, rice is considered to be an auspicious symbol of life and fertility.

  3. Thanks for sharing this useful recipe especially when you are out of time or you have shortage of veggies for any reason. As a bachelor many time we have to eat something just for the sake of feeding because of shortage of time. I think this recipe work at that time.
    Thanks Once Again