Vegetable Pulav in Pressure Cooker



  • 3 tablespoons ghee/clarified butter
  • 12-15 cashews
  • 15-18 black pepper corns
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 small cauliflower cut in big pieces
  • 1 medium potato cubes
  • 1 medium carrot sliced
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup beans chopped
  • 1 cup soya chunks soaked in water for 10 minutes
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup (250g) rice, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 1 ½ cups water (measure water from the same cup as you measure the rice)
  • 1 tablespoon ghee/clarified butter

Steps In Making

  • In a pressure cooker add ghee and once it turns hot add cashews and roast them for 2 minutes on medium flame until they turn light golden. Once done remove them in a plate.
  • Now add all the whole spices like cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, black pepper corns, cumin seeds, star anise, cardamom and toss for few seconds or until they turn aromatic.
  • Further add the sliced onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until they turn translucent.
  • Now add cauliflower, carrots and potatoes. Roast them for 3-4 minutes.
  • Then add peas, beans and the soya chunks and toss them for another 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
  • Now add the dried spices, red chilli powder, garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt. Mix well and cook for another minute. Add a tablespoon of water if needed.
  • Further add soaked rice and gently mix them. Roast for a minute before adding the water.
  • Finally add the roasted cashews, ghee and give it a god mix. Now pressure cook for 1 whistle.
  • Serve hot with raita, papad or salad.

Recipe Notes

  • Roast the whole spices in ghee for better flavour and taste.
  • Do not add extra water, else the pulav will become soggy.
  • You can use any vegetables of your choice.