Potato rice or potato pulao recipe – Sharing an easy aloo pulao recipe, suitable for lunch box or a quick meal especially during the monsoon. It can be made in just 30 minutes and is more like a quick pulao with an hint of Indian spices. Potato recipes are one of the favorite with kids, hence it is a must try for the kids’ school box.
This rice dish does not need any sides and may be accompanied by papad or raita. However I do prepare a simple carrot lentil salad called hesaru bele kosambari for my kids’ Lunch box which goes very well with this rice. Shared it below.
Potato rice is quite similar to my vegetable masala bath made with cauliflower, but the spice powder used here is a simple Punjabi garam masala. You can use any flavourful garam masala or even a biryani masala powder.
You may like this collection of rice recipes.
Potato rice or potato pulao
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
Ingredients for potato rice
- 1 cup rice
- 2 potatoes cut to small cubes
- 1 onion sliced thinly
- 2 garlic cloves chopped, can replace with grated ginger
- 12 mint leaves / pudina finely chopped
- 1 green chili slit (skip for kids)
- ½ Garam masala or biryani masala (adjust to suit your taste)
- ¼ tsp Red chili powder
- 1/8 tsp turmeric or haldi
- Salt as needed
- Oil as needed
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 green cardamoms
- 6 cloves
- 1 cinnamon
- ½ tsp Shahi jeera
- 1 star anise / star flower
- 1 strand mace
How to make the recipe
How to make potato rice or potato pulao
- Cook rice till al dente. Rice should be grainy fully cooked and not mushy.
- Wash, peel and cut potatoes to tiny cubes. Leave them in a bowl of water till used.
- Pour oil to a hot pan, saute dry spices till they splutter
- Add onions, chopped garlic or ginger. Fry for a min or two.
- Next add cubed potatoes , roast till they are fully cooked
- Sprinkle turmeric, red chili powder,mint, salt and garam masala . Quickly saute well.
- optional step: If the potatoes are still not cooked, add little water , cover and cook till they are done. Make sure the water is evaporated before adding rice.
- Add cooked and cooled rice to the pan Mix well . Off the stove.
- Garnish potato pulao with coriander leaves and serve with papad or raita or a simple salad.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
If you are new to cooking, follow my detailed step by step photo instructions for best results.
How to make potato pulao or aloo pulao recipe
1. Wash and cook rice without making it mushy. I generally cook rice with lot of water in an open pan for making variety rice dishes. Drain off the rice in a colander once cooked and cool.
2. While the rice cooks, peel and cube potatoes to very small and add to water. Smaller the cubes, faster they get roasted. Slice the onions.
3. Heat oil in a wide pan, add dry spices and saute till they begin to sizzle
4. Add garlic or ginger and sliced onions. Fry till the onions turn soft. One to two minutes. Do not over fry else they will be burnt later.
5. Add potatoes and fry till they are cooked and roasted well. By then the onions too become like fried onions we use for biryani.
Spice powders to make potato pulao
6. Sprinkle red chili powder, garam masala, turmeric, mint and salt. Mix everything well till it turns fragrant.
7. This step is optional, to follow if your potatoes are still under cooked. Add very little water and stir. Cover and cook till the potatoes are cooked.There should be no moisture left and the mixture should turn fairly dry before you go to the next step.
8. Quickly add cooked rice to the pan else the masala will be burnt. Mix well. Serve potato rice with a simple raita or vegetable salad.
Cool the potato pulao thoroughly before you pack it in a lunch box.
Recipe for hesarubele kosambari
2 to 4 tbsps. moong dal washed and soaked for about an hour. Drain off dal to a colander. I move the colander under the fan for extra moisture to dry up else the kosambari becomes watery later. Add grated carrot, coconut, chopped coriander leaves and green chili. For kids skip chili. Toss everything well. I do not add salt if made for lunch box since kosambari will release juices. Add salt just before you serve. You can temper this with curry leaves, hing, mustard and cumin. For the lunch box, i use no salt and no tempering is done.