Thursday, June 21, 2012

Brown Rice Pulao/Pilaf


Summer time. Beautiful  flowers blooming all around, fresh colorful produce flooding the farmers market, no heavy winter clothing to wear and making life whole lot easier to move around and with kids out from school there is no reason to waste even a single minute in this wonderful season. So I settle down to easy to make, healthy and filling one pot meal dishes like this.  This brown rice pulao tastes simply fantastic with all the spices and herbs thrown in and seasoned with some pan fried cottage cheese(paneer) and cashews. Served with some spiced kidney beans(rajma), they are so tasty and filling and keeps you going for hours. If you include brown rice as a part of your diet, you should try this pulao and I am sure you will happy you did it. Do not be intimidated by the long list of ingredients,  believe they are pretty easy to put together.

Preparation Time – 15 Minutes

Cooking Time – 30 Minutes

Serves – 4


Brown basmati rice – 1 1/2 Cups

Chopped vegetables – Cauliflower florets, green beans, green peas, carrots, bell peppers(multiple colors) – 4 Cups or more of your choice

Onion – 1 big sliced

Salt – 1 1/2 Tsp or to taste

Coconut oil or clarified butter – 2 Tsp

Cinnamon stick – 2 inch pieces

Yogurt – 1/4 Cup

Water – 4 Cups and add more if required

To be ground to paste

Coriander leaves – handful

Mint leaves – few

Green chilies – 2 or more to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Fennel seeds – 1/2 Tsp

For seasoning

clarified butter – 1 Tbsp

Cashews – few broken

Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) – few cubes


1) Soak the basmati rice for at least 12 hours.

2) Heat a thick bottomed pan add the coconut oil and add the cinnamon sticks, once they are slightly brown add the sliced onions and add a pinch of salt and saute till they are translucent.

3) Now add the chopped veggies and half of the salt cover and cook for 5 minutes. To the veggies add the soaked and drained basmati rice and add the yogurt, ground green paste, water and the remaining salt and cover and cook till the basmati rice is well cooked. Keep stirring in between and add more water if necessary.

4) Heat the clarified butter in another small pan and once it is warm fry the broken cashews till golden and after removing the cashews, fry the paneer adding a pinch of salt till golden and transfer both the cashews and the paneer along with the remaining clarified butter to the cooked pulao and stir gently and serve.



Prathibha said...

very delicious n healthy pilaf...yummm

Gayathri NG said...

Healthy n yummy pulao...

Swathi Iyer said...


I used to make pulao with rosematta rice. But haven't tried anything with brown basmati, we didn't like the taste of it. But this one looks delicious.

Miriam said...

I love all of the flavors in this! Excellent!!
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Chandrani said...

Wow..Very healthy and colorful pulao..

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PT said...

never heard of brown basmati rice.. looks delicious..

faseela said...

yummy healthy pilaf....

Spice up the Curry said...

such a healthy pulao recipe, so yummy

cookingvarieties said...

hi SV, this sure is a delicious savory one dish meal..
i love the spices.. and basmati rice.. i can try this out. thanks and have a nice day

Srimathi said...

My sister cooks a lot with brown rice and this recipe reminds me of her. I love pulao with brown rice.

Julie said...

wow,healthy & delicious dear..yummy,I haven't tried brwn rice yet..:-)

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Prathima Rao said...

A very healthy & tasty & satisfying pulao!!
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Alpana said...

This looks really delicious.....will have to rty it out. Thanks for sharing.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Healthy yummy pilaf...

Priya said...

Such a fabulous and super tempting pulao,wat a healthy yummy dish.

Archana said...

Delicious flavourful and tempting. Just what we need. Thanks.
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maha said...

healthy n tasty..i 2 makes dis...

Sangeetha said...

very delicious and healthy pilaf, i too make this often...your grinding part n preparations sounds very flavorful...
so glad that u liked broccoli salad, i am planning ti make this weekend!
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Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran said...

Colourful and fabulous pulav. Healthy meal.

SouthIndianHome said...

Pulav looks delicious

anthony stemke said...

This brown rice pilaf is absolutely wonderful.
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