Restaurant Style Veg Pulao in Stahl Versatil Pressure Cooker


Veg Pulao is a aromatic flavourful one pot meal that needs no side dish at all but if you like you can pair it up with raita or any veg curry of your choice. Veg Pulao is our go to recipe for a quick fix for lunch, packing for lunchbox or even for any special occasion or weekends.


Veg Pulao is a perfect rice menu for when you wish a comforting masala free special meal. Vegetable Pulao can also be made with spice powders to make it colourful & spicier.

Veg Pulav is also called as Vegetable Pulao, Pilaf is an assortment of veggies in fluffy rice & garnished with nuts & herbs. Vegetable Pulao makes a nice meal during busy routine & for lunch box. Vegetable Pulav can be tried with lot of variations by adding different veggies, ingredients and method. Vegetable Pulao can be relished as a wholesome meal or with spicy gravy or raita or stir fry.



veg pulao recipe


  • 1/2 cup Basmati Rice
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 medium-sized Onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 long Green Chilli
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper Powder
  • Around 15 no.'s Cashews
  • 1/4 tsp Rose Essence / Kewra Water
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Leaves
  • Salt to taste

To temper

  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon
  • 2 no.'s Cloves
  • 1 small Bay Leaf
  • 1 small Star Anise
  • A small piece Mace
  • 1/2 tsp Shahi Jeera


veg pulao recipe


1. Soak 1/2 cup basmati rice in water for 15-20 mins. You can even soak it for 30 mins, soaking helps in cooking rice softer and grain separated so do not miss this step.


soak rice in water


2. Cooking rice perfectly is the key to great tasting pulao. So make sure to cook rice perfectly. Add rice along with 3/4 cup water. I have used 1:1.5 ratio so for 1/2 cup rice its 3/4 cup water.

Add veggies in a separate bowl, add very little water along with salt. You can cook rice in open pot method or in instant pot too. Steam cook veggies and add it too but make sure to retain slight crunchiness in the veggies.


cook rice and veggies


3. Close with lid so that the veggies do not get mixed with rice.


close with lid


4. Close with cooker lid and Pressure cook for 2 whistles in medium flame. Let pressure release by itself.


close and pressure cook


5.Open fluff the rice and set aside, if it sticks add little oil mix gently and set aside. Add veggies to a bowl and set aside.


fluff rice and keep veggies in  a bowl


6. Heat 2 tbsp + 1 tsp oil in the same pan – add cashews fry until golden. Remove and transfer to a bowl and set aside.


fry cashews


7. Now add 1/2 inch cinnamon, 2 no.'s cloves, 1 small Bay Leaf, 1 small star anise, a small piece mace and 1/2 tsp Shahi Jeera. Let it splutter. You can replace it with cumin seeds if you do not have Shahi Jeera.


temper whole spices


8. Add 1 long green chilli, onion along with salt.


add onion


9. Sauté until transparent then add ginger garlic paste.


add ginger garlic paste


10. Sauté until its golden.


saute until golden


11. Add cooked veggies and sauté for a minute.


add veggies


12. Now add 1/4 tsp cardamom powder, 1/4 tsp pepper powder and give a quick mix.


add spice powders


13. Now add cooked rice.


add cooked rice


14. Give a quick mix, gently mix do not break the rice.


toss well


15. Cook covered for 2 mins in low flame.


cook covered


16. Add 1 tbsp coriander leaves, 1/4 tsp rose essence and roasted cashews.




17. Give a quick mix and switch off. Restaurant style Veg pulao is ready.


mix well


Serve with raita and any spicy veg curry of your choice.




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