Saturday, July 10, 2010

Healthy Pulav/Pilaf/ Pulao/Palav

Pulav is a one pot meal. Usually some ingredients like vegetables, chicken, fish, prawn, meat etc are cooked along with rice. I have used oyster mushrooms, other veggies and spices to make this healthy pulav. Here goes the recipe...

Basmati rice - 2 cups
Onions - 1 nos
Ginger - garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Carrots - 1 nos
Sweet corn -1/2 cup
Oyster mushroom - 1 cup
Capsicum - 1 nos
Beans - 1 handful
Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Salt for taste
Ghee - 2 tbsp

Whole spices like:
Cloves - 6 nos
Cardamon - 4 nos
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Bay leaves - 2 nos
Mace - 1 nos
Aniseed - 1 tbsp
Star aniseed - 1 nos

Heat ghee in a casserole, add whole spices and fry till aroma is released. Add finely sliced onions, and fry till golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a min. Add all the veggies and stir well. Add garam masala powder, pepper powder, soaked and washed rice and give a good stir. Add about 4 cups of water, salt, cover and cook till its done. Serve hot with papad and pickles (tomato thokku).

This pulav is healthy as there are many veggies including mushrooms, the spices used here are all helpful in digestion and only 2 tbsp ghee is used (ghee kindles digestion).


  1. pass one plate plzzzzz :)..its so tempting and i simply love it :)

  2. I love the combination of ingredients and flavors of this recipe. I hope someday to be able to cook well.

  3. wow,what a delicious n mouth watering pulao..make me hungry rach :)

  4. hey haven't cooked today.....n ur pulao makes me very hungry...send me some....

  5. Utterly delicious pulav, makes me hungry..

  6. OoooH! That's a very healthy and yummy pulav, i din't know ghee helps digestion!

  7. Looks so tempting..lovely combo.

  8. Thanks Umm :) Oh yes! Ghee does kindle digestion, it also has this property of improving the quality of any food ( say for example, you cook dal and do the tadka with ghee, it will improve the benefits of dal :) ) Will post about ghee sometime :)

  9. very very tempting dish ...mouthwatering too... it makes me hungry... no words to say abt u especially in making biriyani's and pulao....simply ur great

  10. Looks yummy and as you said, very healthy due to all those veggies.

  11. Looks yummy rach, sorry couldnt keep in touch as i wasnt feeling well ...

  12. feel to have some rach.. nice presentation too


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