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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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13 Mar 17
Aloo Gobhi Ka Pulao by Tarla Dalal
A homely and simple dish that is sure to satiate you, the Aloo Gobhi ka Pulao is fortified with loads of stomach-friendly veggies.
This mildly-flavoured pulao uses minimal spices so as not to irritate your stomach. Even if you have acidity problems, you can enjoy this dish occasionally when you ....
15 Mar 18
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 ....
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!
Bulgur Wheat and Matki Pulao by Tarla Dalal
This sumptuous and simple dish is enlivened with the addition of vegetables and sprouts. Sprouting not only enhances the nutritive value of foods but also makes them easier to digest.
It is really easy to make sprouts at home - simply soak the matki in water for 6 to 8 hours and then wrap them i ....
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 ....
Cabbage Rice by Tarla Dalal
Cabbage rice is just the thing to make when you get back home late and wish for a quick-fix but filling dinner! sliced capsicum and a very mild dose of pepper are the only flavouring agents in this gentle rice and cabbage preparation. A sprinkling of cheese ensures that the meal is satisfying too.
26 Apr 17
Chawli and Kabuli Chana Pulao by Tarla Dalal
When you hear the word pulao, the first thing that comes to mind is veggies and rice cooked with whole spices. But, this Chawli and Kabuli Chana Pulao is completely different.
Here, the rice is combined with two pulses of contrasting colours and tastes, perked up with tomatoes, onions and a temp ....
22 Jan 19
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 ....
20 Sep 14
Coconut and Vegetable Rice by Tarla Dalal
Thai cuisine is known for its use of coconut milk, garlic and red chilli paste. Here is a rice preparation that combines rice and vegetables with precisely the same flavourful combination of ingredients. Lemon rind and basil are two unique ingredients used in this Coconut and Vegetable Rice to impar ....
Coconut Milk Pulao by Tarla Dalal
Here is a tasty pulao with the soothing flavour of coconut milk and the aesthetic touch of spices like cinnamon and cloves. The mild flavour of this Coconut Milk Pulao makes it ideal to serve with spicy vegetable curries like Spicy Kofta Curry
21 Feb 12
Coconut Pulao by Tarla Dalal
A traditional recipe from goa, the coconut pulao is characteristic of the cuisine of the west coast where coconuts and cashews are used abundantly.
Cooked in coconut milk and garnished with cashews and coconut slivers, this is indeed rich fare!
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01 Apr 19
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.
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.
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 ....
23 Sep 13
Green Pea Pulao with Paneer Koftas by Tarla Dalal
Green pea pulao with paneer koftas is a luxurious Mughlai
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22 Feb 12
Green Peas and Methi Pulao by Tarla Dalal
A rare combination of ingredients like methi and green peas makes this pulao the star of the day's menu!
The best part is that this tasteful pulao is packed with stomach-friendly ingredients like green peas, fenugreek and onions, which are alkaline in nature, thus helping to curb
17 Nov 10
Green Peas and Mint Pulao by Tarla Dalal
A thoughtful blend of minimal but well-matched ingredients like mint, peas and brown rice together with flavour boosters like green chillies, onions and garlic, results in a delectable Green Peas and Mint Pulao that throws you into a tizzy. Brown rice and green peas are rich in fibre, which binds an ....
Green Pulao, Microwave Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Just a sprig of coriander is enough to pep up a dish. Imagine a recipe that is characterised mainly by coriander—colour, flavour, et al! The coriander paste is what imparts a pleasant, green colour to this spicy pulao.
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23 Mar 13
Hara Bhara Subz Pulao by Tarla Dalal
A medley of veggies add colour and flavour to this hot and spicy dish. Brown rice is a storehouse of various nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, vitamin A and iron, and when combined with fibre-rich veggies and a herby green paste, it makes a wholesome and delicious treat. When you have tried thi ....
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.
04 Jan 19
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 ....
Honey Lemon Rice with Paneer by Tarla Dalal
The Honey Lemon Rice with Paneer combines ideas from Indian and Oriental cuisine to give your palate a super unique, one-of-its-kind experience.
With a dash of honey, a squeeze of lime and a goode dose of orange juice, this rice preparation is both sweet and sour. At the same time, a sprinkling ....
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