Prepare time: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Serves: 4 Persons


  • 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 1 medium-sized onion sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves
  • 1 cup vegetables chopped [I used 1 carrot, 5 beans and handful of peas]
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste

To Temper

  • 2 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 small bayleaf
  • 1/2 tsp shahi jeera
  • 2 nos green chilli
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee

Directions For Making Veg Pulao

  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 seperated so do not miss this step.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp ghee + 1 tsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add 1 inch cinnamon, 2 nos cloves, 2 nos cardamom, 1/2 tsp shai jeera and 1 bayleaf. Let it splutter.
  3. Add 1 medium sized sliced onion along with 1 green chilli and required salt. If you prefer slightly spicy pulao add 2 green chillies.
  4. Saute until golden then add 1 tsp ginger garlic paste.
  5. Saute for a minute.
  6. Then add 2 tbsp mint leaves.
  7. Add rinsed 1 cup veggies along with 1/4 tsp garam masala powder.
  8. Saute for a minute.
  9. Then add soaked, drained rice.
  10. Give a quick mix. Mix gently without breaking the rice.
  11. Add 1 cup water. I use 1:2 ratio so for 1/2 cup basmati rice its 1 cup of water. After adding water taste check for salt, the water should be salty then salt will be perfect for rice.
  12. Close with lid. Pressure cook for 2 whistles in medium flame.
  13. Let pressure release by itself. Open.
  14. Fluff and mix gently. Homestyle quick veg pulao ready.
  15. Serve hot!

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