Aromatic Indian Pulao

This fragrant and toothsome rice preparation is indeed a household favourite!  Peas, onions and freshly chopped coriander add an earthy flavour to this dish. I do not have much experience cooking Indian food.. but I can assure you that this dish is very delicious and can be made quickly at home. The rice grains are stir fried with some aromatic indian spices and then cooked in a pressure cooker until the rice grains are light and fluffy and smell amazing. You may add whole spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper if you like. I personally do not like to bite on them so I grind them coarsely.

Tempted to try the dish already? Well it’s well worth the read as this recipe is my own and thus, quite distinct and tasty.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes.
  • Cooking time: 10-15 minutes.
  • Total time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients :

  • Rice
  • Vegetables: onion cut lengthwise, half boiled peas, carrot cut lengthwise, diagonally cut french beans, chopped garlic, chilli and ginger.
  • Spices: cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp, red chilli powder -1 tsp, turmeric- 1/4 tsp, ground cloves – 2, crushed cardamom – 2, crushed black peppercorn – 4/5, chat masala – 1/2 tsp and fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp.
  • Water to cook
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges and fried onion or mint leaves to top.


  1. First step is to soak the rice in water. For that, add about a cup or the quantity of rice you want in water and soak for upto 25 minutes.
  2. By the time the rice gets soaked, move on to preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Start by par boiling green peas, and preparing the other vegetables. Boil the peas only till they are 70% cooked as they will be cooked again in the pressure cooker/ pot. Slice the onion and carrot thinly and coarsely mince the ginger, chilli and garlic.
  4. Now prepare a spice mix using the spices mentioned.. You can add whole spices if you prefer, but I would recommend freshly grinding the spices in a pestle and mortar or by crushing the spices using a heavy object to open them up and to make sure they release their flavour in the rice.
  5. You can now fry extra onion slices for topping, if you like to. They will add a crunchy texture to contrast the fluffy rice and taste delicious too. However, if you do not have that kind of time or do not want to add them, you can omit this step. It will still taste great without it.
  6. Now, after all the preparation is done, it’s time to start cooking. From here on, it gets a little different. Instead to directly adding all the ingredients in a pressure cooker or in a pot to cook, we will first stir fry the vegetables, spices and the uncooked rice grains for a few minutes without any water so that all the flavour is infused into individual rice grains.
  7. For the above step, start by heating some oil – about 1 tbsp in the cooker/pot you will cook in. Once the oil is hot, add the coarsely minced garlic, ginger and green chillies. Then add the sliced onions and cook for about a minute. Then add the rest of the vegetables and the spice mix and cook the mixture till the spices are well roasted. This should take upto 2 minutes. Then stir in the soaked and washed rice grains with salt (to taste)  and mix gently to let the spices mix properly with the rice without breaking.
  8. Once this has been done, add the water, salt and cook until the rice is fluffy and tender. Remove from the pot/ cooker and serve hot. Squeeze over some lime juice and garnish with a sprig of coriander/ mint and fried onions/ lemon wedges. The choice for the garnish is yours or you can simply enjoy it the way it is.


This is my Ultimate Indian Pulao that is so mouth-watering that you cannot resist the craving. Make this fun-filled and quick recipe and do not forget to let me know how it turns out to be! If you enjoyed my recipe, share it and hit the thumbs up (like) button and do not forget to follow my blog!

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