Vegetable Pulao

I never mentioned before that I absolutely love potluck parties! A table full of novelties… from many cooks, many regions, many ingredients!!! Isn’t it great to have all at once?

During primary studies, we used to do the same in pre-fixed lunch breaks! Everyone, as a team used to decide who’ll bring what and a fantastic feast was the outcome :) I definitely missed that during high schooling…. Later, it restarted at my 2nd workplace, where I had 3 wonderful ladies to join in… And then again a long break… When I moved here, I knew I have a set of friends, mostly from school-time! Many a times we planned to do potluck but that never worked out… Somehow I kept missing it always!

I have one of my chuddy-buddy (well, not exactly as she’s my high-school bestie) and during one long weekend, we planned a potluck! Huh… we were just two couples n a cute little monster, yet we divided our work in kitchen and planned an evening :) She was to bring appetizer along with a rice variety and I was to make main and kiddo food :P Believe me, that was the best time we spent together. And her pulao…. Yummm! The taste still lingers in my mouth :P Thank you so much D2 for allowing me to post your recipe on this cooking space!!! <3

vegetable pulao


1 cup Basmati Rice
2 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
1 Onion, chopped
1 Tomato, chopped
1 tbsp Corn
1/4 tcup Carrots-Capsicum, chopped
1-2-4 Whole Garam Masala (BayLeaf, Cloves, Black Pepper)
1/2 tsp Clove Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1/2 tsp Red Chilly Powder
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1-2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
2 tbsp Oil
Salt, to taste
Coriander Leaves, to garnish


  1. Wash and soak basmati rice in plenty of water for an hour.
  2. Cook it to 90% in salted water and drain excess water. Keep it aside.
  3. Boil carrots and corn for 5 mins.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and add whole garam masala. Let it release the flavors in a few seconds.
  5. Add ginger-garlic paste and chopped onions. Saute until onions are translucent.
  6. Add corn, capsicum and carrots in it and mix well. Also, mix in tomatoes along with all the spices.
  7. Cook it for around a min and add cooked rice. Give it a quick mix and cook for next 4-5 mins uncovered.
  8. Turn off the heat and pour lemon juice.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves just before serving!