Vegetable Pulao Recipe | How to Make Veg Pulao

by Rachna
veg pulao recipe

This veg pulao recipe is quite easy to make. It is a regular at my place when we are in the mood for something that is tasty yet does not take too much time to cook. You can easily make this veg pulao with raita or a curry that you like. Sometimes I only make it as peas pulao especially in winter when fresh green peas are in season. At other times, I use mixed vegetables like cauliflower, peas, carrot, broccoli, potato, beans etc. depending upon availability. You can also pack this veg pulao in your lunchbox as it stays tasty even at room temperature.

veg pulao recipe

Here’s how to make a tasty vegetable pulao:

vegetable pulao recipe
veg pulao recipe

Veg Pulao Recipe | How to make vegetable pulao

Rachna Parmar
This veg pulao recipe is a delicious one-pot meal that you will love to have as weekend dinner. Serve it with yoghurt raita and boiled eggs.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course One pot meal, Rice Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 285 kcal


  • 2 cups basmati rice cleaned and soaked for half an hour
  • 1 tbsp. clarified butter or ghee
  • 1 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 2-3 green chillies slit into halves
  • 1 cup vegetables chopped
  • 1 onion finely sliced optional
  • salt to taste

whole spices

  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 10-12 black peppercorns
  • 3 green cardamom
  • 1 mace piece
  • 1 cardamom 1-inch
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 6-8 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 cups water


  • 1 tbsp. cilantro chopped


  • Wash basmati rice and soak for half an hour. Drain and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee/clarified butter in a pan or rice cooker. Add cumin seeds and allow to sputter.
  • Now add in all the whole spices and saute on low heat for a couple of minutes.
  • Tip in the chopped onion (optional), ginger-garlic paste and green chillies and fry for about 3 minutes.
  • Now add the chopped vegetables and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the drained rice along with salt and 3 cups of water. In case your veggies were pre-boiled you could add them now instead of sauteeing them earlier.
  • Add 1 tbsp. lemon juice and cover and cook.
  • Mix well, cover and cook till the water is absorbed by the rice and everything is cooked.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot. Your veg pulao is ready to eat.


1. Use any combination of vegetables that you like. I use whatever I have at home.
2. You can use olive oil in place of ghee to make this pulao vegan.
3. Don’t mix the soaked rice vigourously or it may break the grains. Gently mix before adding water.
4. You can easily make this dish in rice cooker or instant pot.
5. Serve this veg pulao with a raita and boiled eggs for a filling meal.


Nutrition Facts
Veg Pulao Recipe | How to make vegetable pulao
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 219mg6%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sonia Chatterjee -

The perfect dish for my toddler who would eat anything but rice. I keep trying for some healthy variety so that he thinks he’s eating pulao and not rice. So, this time veg pulao makes it to the weekend special dish.

Shilpa Garg -

Love the colour of your pulao. Looks so tempting. I have never added ginger garlic in a veg pulao. Will try it next time.


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