Pretty in Pink Pulao

One of the fastest, easiest and tastiest recipes packed with all sorts of vegetables is pulao. If you take the time to prepare all the vegetables for the week ahead of time, then making pulao for any hungry crowd is a snap. Pulao could be made in a rice cooker, pressure cooker or simply in a vessel directly and every way comes out just perfect. Lot of people do not add beetroot in pulao but I do. Its a great way to incorporate this nutrient rich vegetable plus give your pulao that hint of pretty pink color here and there. Here is the recipe.


Ingredients: (Servings approximately 6 people)

1. 1 medium size beet
2. 2 carrots
3. 2 potatoes
4. 1 & 1/2 cups Basmati rice
5. 4 bay leaf
6. 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
7. 2 tbsp vegetable oil
8. 1 small green pepper
9. 4 -5 cloves
10. 1/2 tsp elaichi powder
11. 1 tsp jeera


Wash rice well in water and keep it aside. Measure twice the amount of water to rice i.e. 3 cups of water to 1 & 1/2 cups of rice and keep it aside. Cut carrots, potatoes and beets into approximately 1 & 1/2 inch length and 1/2 inch width thin pieces. Cut the pepper into thin strips approximately of the same length as the other vegetables. Cut the onions lengthwise. The key is that all the vegetables are long (and not diced) and approximately of the same length.

Add oil in a large pan and when it is hot, add the bay leaf, cloves and let the aroma infuse into the oil for about a minute. Now add the jeera, saute, then onions and saute for about a minute or two. Then add the garlic and mix well. Then add all the vegetables, saute for about 2 – 3 minutes and then add the rice. Saute everything together for about 2 minutes. Add elaichi powder, salt and pepper as per your taste, mix well. Add the measured water, mix well. Taste the water and adjust for seasonings. Turn off the stove. Pour the entire contents into a rice cooker and turn on for cooking. Aromatic rice pilaf is ready in just 20 minutes or so (depending on your rice cooker). The rice picks all the beautiful pink color from the beets and there is born the pretty aromatic pink pulao. Serve hot as is, with a side of raita or with a side of salad to complete the meal.

Pretty in Pink Pulao

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11 Responses to Pretty in Pink Pulao

  1. Priti says:

    Colourful and Yum …looks great

  2. Anshita Nahar says:


    I don’t have a rice cooker so can i make it in some different way!!Rice looks so different!!Really want to give it a try!!

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Anshita, you can certainly do it in a pressure cooker, just give it one whistle. Or do it any vessel covered. When the water is almost over in the rice and the rice seems 3/4th cooked, turn off the stove and let the steam cook the rest. DO not touch for about 20 mins so that the remaining also gets cooked completely. I hope this helps.

  3. Beena says:

    I made this in pressure cooker and turned out very tasty.
    Thank you.

  4. Tejal says:

    Lovely recipe, thank you. Can’t wait to try your other recipes.

  5. Devika says:

    Can you please tell me how many onions have you used? The recipe mentions onions but the ingredients don’t. Thnx

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Hi Devika, the number of onions depends on the quantity of rice. If you are using 1 cup (measuring cup) rice, then use 1 medium onion. if the quantity of rice is less, then use a smaller onion. I hope this helps.

  6. Devika says:

    Yes, it does! I made this yesterday, and, both me, and my hubby loved it! It’s so simple, yet so flavorful. I personally like these kind of dishes which are flavorful without having to use too many spices. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!
    Also, wanted to request you to post the recipe for eggless chocolate molten lava cake if possible. Thanks!

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