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veg pulao no onion no garlic navaratri recipe
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No onion no garlic veg pulao recipe

No onion no garlic veg pulao recipe, easy one pot method. Perfect cooked basmati rice with colourful veggies.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3


  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 carrot
  • 7 green beans
  • 9 cauliflower florets
  • 3 tablespoon green peas
  • teaspoon kewra water optional
  • 10 Cashews
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • Salt as needed
  • To temper
  • 1 & ½ tablespoon Ghee divided
  • ½ teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 inch cinnamon piece
  • 1 Clove
  • 1 Cardamom
  • 1 Biryani leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Shahi jeera or cumin seeds
  • 2 Green chilli slit


  • Wash and soak basmati rice for minimum 10 mins.
  • In a heavy bottomed vessel or cooker, heat half the ghee. Add items given under 'to temper' in order.
  • Add vegetables except green peas. Sprinkle sugar and fry for 1 minute.
  • Drain water from rice and add to the veggies. Roast for 1 more minute carefully without breaking the rice.
  • Pour 1 & ¾ cup water to it. Add salt, kewra water and boil for 2 mins. By now the rice would have half done. Lower the flame and add green peas.
  • Mix and cook covered for 10 mins in low flame.
  • Once done, open and fluff the rice very carefully (just 2-3 turns)Keep aside for 5 mins. Mean while fry cashews in remaining ghee until golden and crisp.
  • Add to pulao and serve. It is important to give standing time for the rice to become fluffy and soft.



  • After adding water, boil in high flame, do not heat in low flame ( I add hot water and recommend same if you can)
  • Giving standing time is important for rice to get completely cooked.
  • If you choose pressure cooker method, after water boils, add peas and pressure cook for 2 whistles in medium flame.
  • Total cooking time should not exceed 14 mins after adding rice. The cooking time varies with the vessel, stove you use. So adjust accordingly.