Pulao recipes – A collection of 25 easy pulao recipes that can be made under 40 mins. Pulao is a one pot rice dish from Indian cuisine made with aromatic spices, vegetables and fragrant basmati rice. It is served with a Raita or Shorba. A good flavorful, delicious and healthy one pot pulao comes to our rescue on most busy days since it is quick and easy to prepare.
Pulao is also known by many names pilaf, pilau, pulav and so on. This simple dish makes its appearance most commonly as a part of a regular meal. It is made during celebrations, parties and even for festive meals.
A good pulav is mildly aromatic and simple, made with minimum ingredients that one would have in a Indian kitchen. Pulao is made in so many ways to suit one’s life style, taste and more based on the regional cuisines. So the way this dish is made differs from region to region.
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In this post I have shared 25 pulao recipes that include veg, egg and non veg pulao varieties.
Collection of 25 pulao recipes
Simple veg pulao in pot or cooker : Simple vegetable pulao made with basmati rice, mix vegetables and dry spices. If you do not have a cooker, you can also make this in a pot. This a super quick, delicious and mildly flavorful rice that can be served alone or with Onion raita. Make this Boondi raita if you plan for a special meal. It can be prepared even by beginners and doesn’t need any blender or spice powder.
Paneer rice pulav : This is a quick dish you can make when you prefer something special then a regular pulao. This is great to make when you have guests home or for parties. A kids’ special dish with spiced and crisp sauteed paneer chunks. This goes very well in school box or kids’ parties too. If you like to make paneer at home, then you can check this post on how to make Paneer
Coconut milk pulao : This is a traditional South Indian rice pulav made with coconut milk. This is a no onion and no garlic recipe and is usually made during weddings, festivals and celebrations. This is usually served with a gravy like
Soya chunks kurma
However you can also serve this with a Chicken curry or a Egg curry
Zarda pulao is a traditional sweet rice that can be made for a quick dessert. This will be a lovely addition to your menu on special occasions.
Restaurant style pulao recipes
Jeera pulao – Jeera rice : is a quick to make rice dish flavored mainly with cumin or jeera. Other pulao spices are used o flavor the rice. There are 2 recipes included in this post. One – A simple one pot dish made with cumin. Second – A restaurant style recipe. You can serve Jeera rice with good gravy dishes like
Kadai paneer gravy
Paneer butter masala
Aloo gobi masala
Peas pulao or matar pulao has green peas as the main ingredient. Mildly flavored and cooked in ghee this delicious dish is great to enjoy any time with a bowl of raita. This is a very good addition to a party menu or you have guests home as it needs no chopping of any veggies. To make this fresh or frozen peas or matar can be used.
Healthy pulao recipes made with veggies
Sweet corn pulao is a very aromatic one pot rice using sweet corn, spices and rice. This is also a kids’ friendly recipe and goes very well in school and office lunch box too. You can use fresh or frozen sweet corn which ever you have. I have also used green peas in this recipe as peas and corn make a great combo.
Beetroot pulao is simple one pot dish that can be made for a everyday meal. This is goes very well in office and kids’ box as well. I have also used green peas which can be skipped. It doesn’t need any side dish.
Capsicum pulav made with precooked rice. I have also used green peas as well in the recipe. As capsicums get mushy when cooked with rice, I have cooked rice separately and then mixed with the capsicum masala. This recipe needs no mixer or spice jar and is just made with garam masala.
Potato pulao : is one of the dishes most loved at home by my kids. I make this often since it is quick to make and tastes delicious.
Mushroom pulao : Simple one pot recipe with button mushrooms. This dish tastes unique and can also be made with coconut milk.
Pulao recipes made with leafy greens
Methi Pulao made in pressure cooker. Simple, delicious and healthy one pot dish that you can make any time with less effort.
Mint pulao or pudina pulao is another recipe that’s a must try when you prefer something quick yet different and flavorful. Serve this any gravy or dal dish like
Palak Pulao : Simple spinach rice that can be made for a quick meal. This is a healthy dish as the spinach is cooked for less time. I have also used potato in this but it can be skipped.
Chana dal pulav : If you are looking for ideas to perk up the nutrition in your regular pulav, then this recipe guides you. It also makes a well balanced dish with protein, veggies and carbs.
Andhra style cashew pulao : Often made in our family for weddings and celebrations to accompany kurma. Though it is very simple, it makes a good dish when you have guests home.
Tawa pulao : is a popular mumbai street food made on a tawa. This recipe is made by precooking the rice first and then making the masala on the tawa. Lastly the cooled rice is mixed with the prepared tawa masala. This is a good dish to make when you have some precooked rice which you want to use up.
Yahkni pulao – Yakhni meaning stock or broth. Usually yakhni pulao is made using meat. But this recipe uses vegetables to make the stock and then cook the pulao in the stock. I have used soya chunks in this recipe instead of meat.
Non-veg pulao recipes
Chicken pulav : Simple one pot delicious chicken rice made with very few ingredients and it is a beginners recipe. If you are a new cook then, this is a must try since it can be made with very less effort.
Egg pulao – One pot protein rich egg rice for a quick fix meal. This recipe uses no yogurt and is also tasty on its own. It can be served with a raita.
Prawn pulao recipe : A quick spicy and delicious prawn or shrimp rice made in a pan. This recipe uses precooked rice and can be made in a jiffy anytime. I make this when I have some surplus prawns left after making another dish.