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- हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Pulaos recipes in Hindi)
- ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Pulaos recipes in Gujarati)
Pulao is a rice preparation that combines rice with an aesthetic blend of spices, and other ingredients like veggies, Sprouts, Paneer, Dry fruits, nuts, etc. In this busy era, when people hardly have time to cook, pulao is a brilliant choice, because it can be eaten as a one-dish meal or served with simple accompaniments depending on the spice level of the recipe. Moreover, pulao is something that’s loved by everyone, young and old, so you can make just one dish to please the whole family! Who can resist the charm of evergreen delights like Veg Pulao, Green Peas Pulao, Jeera Pulao or the pleasantly sweet Kashmiri Pulao?
Pulao is always made with whole grains of rice, either white or brown. The long grains of Basmati are just perfect to make attractive and tasty pulaos. Health-conscious people these days opt to make their pulaos with fibre-rich brown rice, which is a good decision too.
Apart from rice and spices, your pulao can include an endless number of other ingredients, not just vegetables. You can toss in some greens like Spinach (Palak) or Fenugreek (Methi), herbs like Mint or Coriander, sprouts or beans, paneer, Tofu or even koftas! The ingredients used also contribute their flavour to the pulao. For example, if you have added Capsicum or fenugreek leaves to your pulao, you are sure to experience the unique flavours of these ingredients in every mouthful! Different combinations of ingredients give the pulao a different look and feel – so, there is no end to the variety of pulaos that are there. If you are bored of the standard ones, you can mix-and-match ingredients and make your own special pulao.
A pressure cooker will help you make the pulao really fast and easily too. Just temper the spices, add the soaked rice, toss in all the other ingredients and cook to perfection. You just need to be careful about the amount of water you add, and the duration of time for which you cook, because you want a pulao with perfectly-cooked grains of rice, not a glorious khichdi! While the pulao is usually made in a pressure cooker, a biryani is cooked in a handi. It is amazing how the utensil used changes the flavour of the food!
These unusual pulaos are especially handy when guests come over. They are easy to make but appear special! You can make a couple of starters, prepare a unique pulao and serve it with a few peppy accompaniments. Your guests will thoroughly enjoy the meal!
You have to choose your accompaniments depending on the spice-level of your pulao. If your pulao is bland, serve it with kadhi, else a simple raita or just a cup of curds will do. Papads are a must, to add an element of crunch to the tasty meal!
Tips for making a good pulao:
1. Always use a big pressure cooker so that all the ingredients cook well
2. Make sure you add the correct amount of water mentioned in the recipe. Else, the rice might not be cooked fully, or it might turn out gooey like khichdi
3. Try and make sure each grain of rice is separate so it looks good and tastes good too
4. Make the pulao as close to serving time as possible so it will be nice and hot
5. Mix the pulao very gently just before serving
Go ahead and try the below recipes. You can prepare them without any fuss even after a busy and tiring day. Armed with our tips, you are sure to get them all right, and your loved ones will relish every bit of the meal!
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Corn Methi Pulao by Tarla Dalal
The sweetness of corn and the innate bitterness of methi complement each other well in this pulao. By using simple seasonings and the pressure-cooking technique, tasty Corn Methi Pulao can be prepared quite fast.
Corn Palak Pulao by Tarla Dalal
Delicious and healthy, this is a dish that will win many a young heart with its mouthwatering combination of ingredients and attractive appearance! Tried and tested, the combination of corn and spinach works in almost any recipe thanks to their complementary colours, textures and flavours. This iron ....
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Tava Pulao, Tawa Pulao Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Tava pulao, another quick treat off the Pav Bhaji cart is yet another popular street food of Mumbai.
This delicious pulao is prepared in advance by the vendor, and shares a place on the pav bhaji tawa. It is swiftly portioned out onto serving plates when the orders flow in, to appease the severe ....
Matar Pulao, Green Pea Pulao by Tarla Dalal
Quick and easy but enchanting, the Matar Pulao is a timeless classic of Indian
The rich taste of ghee and the mind-blowing aroma of whole spices makes this dish a really mouth-watering one, so good that you can just have it plain without any accompanim ....
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Brinjal Rice by Tarla Dalal
The king of vegetables served in a new avatar! the succulent brinjal or eggplant is pressure-cooked in a unique blend of spices and rice. This rice is a complete meal by itself and a wonderful treat for brinjal lovers. Dig-in!
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Spinach and Carrot Pulao with Coconut Curry by Tarla Dalal
Chock-full of nutrients and bubbling with flavour, the Spinach and Carrot Rice with Coconut Curry is a tasteful preparation of spinach and carrot rice perked up with a spicy paste, layered with coconut curry, and baked in an oven so the flavours mingle and cause your taste buds to tingle!
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Paneer Pulao, Quick Paneer Pulao Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Long-grained basmati rice, pressure-cooked in tangy tomato-based gravy interspersed with spongy cottage cheese cubes, the paneer pulao is a toothsome treat that will delight your family and friends!
Enjoy this pulao as it is or have it with
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Vegetable Pulao, Quick Pressure Cooker Veg Pulao Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Think rice, and Vegetable Pulao is the first dish that most people are immediately reminded of. Although the name sounds simple, the Vegetable Pulao is actually a very versatile one, and different people have different ways of preparing it. Some use whole spices to flavour the rice and veggies, whil ....
Fenugreek and Mushroom Brown Rice by Tarla Dalal
Rice is usually a no-no for diabetics because it causes a quick rise in blood sugar levels. To counter the effect of high glycemic index white rice, replace it with high fibre brown rice and toss in some fibre-rich vegetables along with diabetic-friendly ingredients like garlic and fenugreek to crea ....
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Corn and Vegetable Pulao by Tarla Dalal
Corn and vegetable pulao is a delicious combination of corn and colourful mixed vegetables with perfectly cooked rice. Onions and assorted spices give it a tasteful punch with fried cashews impart an enjoyable crunch. Make sure the grains of rice are separate and not clumpy.
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Zaffrani Pulao by Tarla Dalal
After having seen Mughlai
food it is evident that saffron or kesar is a much-loved ingredient that can be used in a number of dishes.
Zaffrani Pulao or saffron rice is simply rice prepared with saffron flavouring. Paneer, cashewnuts and raisins make this pr ....
Hara Bhara Subz Pulao ( Pressure Cooker ) by Tarla Dalal
Hara bhara subz pulao, it gets its name from delicately flavoured green paste. Pressure cooking allows the absorption of intricate flavours of the paste, resulting in a uniformly charming taste throughout the dish.
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Cheese, Onion and Green Peas Pulao by Tarla Dalal
A unique tiffin that your kid is sure to love! Children are generally very fond of the flavour and texture of cheese, but sometimes parents find it challenging to pack cheese-based foods in the snack box as it tends to get chewy. But, this Cheese, Onion and Green Peas Pulao is a delightful option, w ....
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Paneer Pulao ( Pressure Cooker ) by Tarla Dalal
Paneer pulao, neatly cut cubes of paneer, sautéed to golden brown colour and cooked with rice and spices. Rajma curry. The paneer cubes do not break even if pressure cooked hence venture to make this dish without any fear.
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Hariyali Mixed Sprouts Pulao by Tarla Dalal
This sumptuous yet simple rice preparation is enlivened by the addition of a peppy coriander-mint chutney and crunchy sprouts.
Sprouting enhances the nutritive value of pulses and legumes, and also makes them easier to digest – making it a highlight of the Hariyali Mixed Sprouts Pulao.
To ma ....
Bulgur Wheat and Paneer Pulao by Tarla Dalal
Bulgur wheat has a rustic flavour and chewy texture, which makes it popular amongst many people. Not only that, it is also quite satiating and wholesome making it a wonderful alternative to rice. Here is a delicious pulao made with broken wheat and paneer perked up with other veggies and simple spic ....
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Shahi Pulao by Tarla Dalal
The presence of the word Shahi always hints at the richness of a recipe.
Indeed, the Shahi Pulao is a dish that is loaded with spices, veggies and a horde of other ingredients, which give it a memorable flavour and texture.
While an assortment of spices including saffron and caraway seeds gi ....
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Soya Chunks and Carrot Pilau by Foodie #587130
Soya Chunks and Carrot Pilau, protein-rich pulao, tasty and healthy is made quickly in a pressure cooker with nutritious soya chunks, carrots and a few simple ingredients to spice it up. Serve with papad, salad and curd.
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Bhaji Pulao, Layered Pav Bhaji Pulao by Tarla Dalal
Love Pav Bhaji? Well, let’s bring the magic of this snack into our lunch and dinner menus too, albeit in a different form!
This innovative Bhaji Pulao features spiced rice, layered with mouth-watering bhaji, and served with crunchy-munchy, tongue-tickling churi papad. A brilliant one-dish meal ....
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Kashmiri Pulao, Veg Pulav with Mixed Nuts by Tarla Dalal
The Kashmiri Pulao is a unique dish, with a richness that reflects the spirit of the beautiful valley. Tinged with saffron and spices, this rice dish is loaded with plenty of dried fruits and nuts, which give it a pleasant sweetness and vibrant mouth-feel.
The spicy aroma of this dish is intoxic ....
Zarda Pulao by Tarla Dalal
The magic of spices unfolds, making the Zarda Pulao an experience that stays carved in your memory forever.
Perfectly-cooked long-grained rice is tinged with saffron and rose water, enriched with mawa, boosted with spices and embellished with many a nut and dry fruit.
Indeed, the Zarda Pulao ....
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