Kashmiri Pulao or Vegetable Rice Pulao

Vegetable Rice Pulao  is a very common dish prepared in every Indian Kitchen. The rice goes well customarily with any Indian or mughlai gravy and therefore, it is very standard dish. However, it needs to be carefully prepared or else it can become a total disaster. You don’t want your rice to turn out hard or mushy or mashed all together where the sole purpose of using Basmati Rice is quashed.

What you need:

1 Basmati Rice 2 cups soaked in water for 15 minutes
2 Cauliflower Florets ½ cup
3 Carrot chopped ½ cup
4 Beans cut into 1 inch long ½ cup
5 Green Peas ½ cup
6 Bay Leaf 2
7 Green Cardamom 3
8 Black Cardamom 1
9 Star Mace 1
10 Cloves 3
11 Whole Black Pepper 3
12 Cashew Nuts Broken into half
13 Raisins 10-Dec
14 Red cherries (optional) 5-6 chopped finely
15 Salt To Taste
16 Ghee 3 tbsp.

Steps to Make:

Heat 1 tbsp. ghee in a pan and fry the cashew nuts. Drain out and keep aside.
Next add raisins and fry lightly. Be careful not to burn them.
Add 1 tbsp. ghee in the same pan. Add all the vegetables , pinch of salt and cook till they r soft. Drain and keep aside.
Add the remaining ghee to the pan, Add all whole spices.
Drain the soaked rice and add it to the pan.
Fry the rice till it is well coated with ghee and a nice aroma comes out.
Add 4 cups of water, salt to taste and cover with a lid.
Cook on low flame for approximately 20 minutes. Open the lid and check the rice.
Add all cooked vegetables and dry fruits
Remove the flame and check if water has dried out.
At this point, add all the vegetables, dry fruits and cherries and mix everything well. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes more.

Tips to make the perfect Pulao:

To keep the rice grains stand apart from each other, make sure to fry them well in ghee.
Always keep ratio of rice to water as 1:2
Keep checking in between to make sure rice doesn’t get burnt at the top
Mix gently not to break the rice grains
If you think it needs more water, just sprinkle little by little and cover and cook.
If you think, you have added more water by mistake. Keep the lid open and cook for some   time.

Tip : Tastes Great with Soul - Mango Virgin Olive Oil Pickle


  1. Dear Soma,
    Wish you A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Kashmiri pulao looks mouthwatering.
    With red cherries and spices must be tasty.

  2. Nice pulao..my fav in pulao..looks awesome and sound good..Wish u & ur family Happy & Prosperous New Year!!

  3. Wish you and your family a Very Happy New Year.:)

    Kashmiri pulav looks too good, very tempting to me...

    Shrimps pad thai sounds delicious too...my fav':)

  4. Pulav looks so tempting and delicious. Wish You a Very Happy New Year!

  5. Delicious dish to celebrate the new year, looks yummy..

    Happy new year to u & ur family..

  6. Lovely pulao to start the New year.
    Wish you and family a very happy and prosperous New year Soma.