Pulav with whole spices

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Few months ago, our friends Sunil and Piyu had called us for dinner. They had made a big spread and my favorite among them was this very delicious, sweetish, mild pulav. Corn and raisins give a sweet taste, all the whole spices give a nice aroma. I am not sure if they used green chillies in their version, but when I prepared this at home, I added them to give heat to it. I simply love this pulav. Thanks S & P for the great dish.

1 cup basmati rice
1 and half cups vegetables (peas, carrots, green beans, corn)
1/4 tea spn black pepper
1″ cinnamon
3-4 cloves
1 tbl spn cashews
1 tea spn raisins
2 green cardamom
1 black cardamom
5-6 strands saffron + 2 tbl spn warm milk
3 green chillies
4-5 strands coriander leaves

Soak the saffron in warm milk.
Heat ghee. Add pepper, cinnamon, cloves, black and green cardamom. Fry for few minutes. Then add cashews, raisins. Fry for a minutes, add rice, green chillies and vegetables. Add the saffron with milk. Add salt and 1 and 3/4 cup water and cook on low flame till completely done.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 25mins

34 thoughts on “Pulav with whole spices”

  1. I love these “white pulaos” studded with colorful veggies and nuts. The whole spices must be making this so fragrant and inviting.

  2. Oh shilpa, i was actually looking for such a pulav, that looks white. Also pl suggest the side dish you enjoyed with the pulav.

    Shilpa: I like to eat it on it own, without any sides. I tried simple dal fry once and it was great with this rice.

  3. Looks great! Do you cook the rice before putting it in the pan or is it cooked along with everything else on low flame?


    Shilpa: Cooked along with everything else.

  4. i tried this dish today. it came out really well. thnks for the easy recepi. also i request u to pls post the brinjal in gravy curry. it si an andhra dish … 🙂


  5. Shilpa,

    I make a similar pulav, I don’t add green chillies, my version has tons of black pepper and lots of saunf.. try putting saunf instead of jeera..it is awesome..


  6. hi shilpa,

    I too make this type of pulao..since it is mild it goes very well with all the other items made without overpowering it…i add ginger garlic green chilly paste to it…my aunt adds coriander leaves and mint leasves while making the paste…well that way it doesnt remain white and does become spicy!

  7. Hi, Shilpa …which curry or daal can I serve with this … your serving suggestions please .

    Shilpa: You can use a simple dal fry.

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  10. hi nice recipe is it necessary to use/basmati or any rice is okay

    shilpa: Usually basmati rice is good for any pulavs/biryanis as it gives a great aroma.

  11. Hi, I made it today . It turned out very good.Thanks a lot for such amazing recipes…u r doing a wonderful job.I’ve become addicted to ur site.

  12. Hi,

    This is a really nice site. Happy to find so many recipes especially konkani ones too. Being a foodie, I’m really happy I stumbled upon this site when I was googling the word Ghashi (he he).

    I am a software engineer by profession in Bangalore. I am basically a Mangalorean, but a Konkani is a Konkani whether from North or South Kanara 🙂

    Keep your website going, can’t wait to show it to my aayi 🙂

    P.S: First thing I am going to do, is try this pulao recipe. Especially because there is no onion or garlic and can be had on the religious days when some ppl don’t eat dishes with them 🙂

  13. Your recipe is so easy and sounds delicious. I am not too creative when it comes to pulavs, and your recipe is very inspiring. Thanks I am definitely going to try this one out!

  14. hi
    sounds like a great recipie.what else do u add in order to make it more spicy?my family is very fond of spicy food.can u add red chilli powder?i am plannin to make this tmw for lunch so i would appreciate early reply.thanx:).

  15. Hi
    I found this recipe good ,but the spices here are not grinded ………will it be good while eating…and does the rice need to be soked for some time or just add it while preparing..

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