Call it Pulav or Pilav Rice its the same.. No complications No jhat jhat... .Just as the name .. easy peesy. We had Chilli Soya ,Pulav Rice & raitha for dinner during the easter break for friends... I have learnt this recipe every since I have been a kid... All credits to my dear mommy for this one!!

Total time taken: 45 minutes

Serves 5


Basmati Rice
3 Cups
2 No’s Medium sized
French Beans
Handful - About 8-10 No’s

Green Chillies (optional)
Green Peas
20 No’s
3 Tbsp.
Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
1 Tsp
Black Cumin
1 Tsp
To Taste

Whole Spices | Garam Masala’s:
Bay Leaf
1 No’s
2 No’s
Cinnamon Stick
Black Cardamom
Star Anise
6 No’s
Whole Black Pepper
5 No’s

Chopped Coriander Leaves
2 Tbsp.
Cashew Nuts fried in ghee
10-12 No’s


  • Wash Basmati rice under running tap water twice. Drain all the water and set the rice aside for 30 minutes.
  • In the meanwhile, dice the carrots and French beans. Prepare the garden peas by soaking them in water.
  • Heat ghee / knob of butter in a pan. Fry the cashewnuts in the lowest setting, turning either side until light brown. Drain them onto a kitchen towel.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp. ghee in a non-stick pan with a tightly fitted lid. Drop in Black Cumin Seeds & whole spices. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add chopped vegetables, sliced green chillies, garden peas & sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the Basmati rice and sauté along the vegetables for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in 5 Cups of Water of boiled water from the kettle and adjust the salt. . Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice. Set the flame to medium.
  • Once the water from the pulav is nearly evaporated, cover, and then reduce the setting to lowest. Allow the rice to cook for 5 minutes and switch off the gas. Even if the gas is turned off, I would let the rice be covered for another 5 minutes. Rice cooks with the leftover steam. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and fried cashew nuts.
  • Fluffy vegetable rice is ready to be served along with Curry or a Raitha.

  • My mom would cook them all up in the  cooker.. and  I prefer the open pot.. 
  • Use 2 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter if Ghee is unavailable.
  • When I cook Rice for kids, I avoid adding the chilly.
  • Optional vegetables: Potatoes


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