Masala Pulao

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Masala Pulao

After two sweet posts in a row, I’m sure you must be waiting  to see something spicy cooking up here. Since I’m in no mood to be a spoilsport and disappoint you, spicy it is! I’m always on the lookout for some flavored rice recipes. The main reason for liking the flavored rice is you dont need too many curries to go with it unlike normal plain rice, so less cooking ;)

I usually get comments and mails from working mothers/wives asking for one pot dish/meal, which can be cooked easily. This is one such recipe. Since it’s flavor packed by itself,  I think it’s better to have some light gravy/curry or if you ask me some raita would also do, along with some sweet & sour pickle like this lemon n dates.

Here you go with the step by step pictures:

Add finely sliced onion to heated oil. When it becomes golden brown, add minced ginger & garlic. Cook for a few mins and add the masala powders and cook for a few mins…

When oil starts appearing, add the lemon juice and salt. Mix well and add the cooked veggies…

Add cooked rice to this and combine gently. Add chopped mint and coriander leaves and stir…

Recipe adapted from Vanitha

Masala Pulao
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Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 1-2
 
Ingredients
  • Cooked basmati rice – 3 cups
  • Onion – 1 small, finely sliced
  • Ginger and garlic – 1tsp each, minced
  • Chilli powder -1/2-1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam masala – ½ tsp
  • Meat masala – ½ tsp (refer notes)
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Cooked vegetables – 1 cup (I used carrot and beans)
  • Coriander and mint leaves – 1 tbsp each, chopped
  • Salt
  • Ghee/oil – (I used sunflower oil)
Instructions
  1. Heat ghee/oil in a deep bottom pan. Add finely sliced onions. When it turns golden brown, add minced ginger and garlic. Cook for a few mins. Add the masala powders and cook till the oil appears. Add lemon juice and salt and mix it. Add cooked veggies and mix. Add cooked rice and combine gently. Garnish with the chopped coriander and mint leaves.
  2. You can also garnish with fried onions and cashews. Serve with raita, pickle and pappad.
Notes
Meat masala wasnt used in the original recipe, but I recommend using it. If you are making it for some special occasion, I recommend using ghee. You can also use white rice like sona masuri also to make this, but the flavour will be more with Basmati. I microwaved the chopped veggies with 1-2 tbsp of water for 3 mins. You can use any veggies of your choice. To make a non veg version, you can add cooked chicken/beef/mutton along with the veggies and continue the same procedure.

 

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  • http://profiles.google.com/nashirausef Nashira Usef

    this looks so good Maria!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks dear :)

  • Sush

    Looks lovely! I’m gonna try it asap. Thank you so much for your amazing recipes Maria. Your site is one that I turn to whenever I need inspiration. Be it sweet or spicy – you always deliver! Thanks a ton.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a ton Sush for such an encouraging comment, appreciate it very much :) Hope you get to try this soon.

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sanjayshivam073

    Thnx Maria, it was quick n delicious , different frm veg pulao commonly made.
    Keep it up

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sanjay,

      From your comment, I assume you made it already! If so, I’m really happy that you made it so soon and thanks a bunch for the comment.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Lee

    Nice rec. I gonna give a try for my Moms b’day. Thanks dear 4 D rec. 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Lee :) Hope your mom likes it and my b’day wishes to her.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.divyascookbook.com/ Divya Kudua

    I’ve tried this recipe too,wonderful option for those lazy days!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Yep Divs, very apt for the lazy days ;)

  • Sollupa

    Thank you for your recipe, Maria.

    Had a question, though. 3 cups of cooked rice is the result of how many cups of uncooked rice?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sollupa,

      You are welcome! I think 1-1 1/2 cups of raw rice will give you 3 cups of cooked rice. I had some left over cooked rice with me and made this pulao with that…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Divya

    Thanks Maria! Love this recipe, gonna try this very second! This is a long due comment from my side! Being a long time resident of Bahrain myself, I always favor your recipes over any other  :)  I hv even referred your site to my mom n dad , they r loving each n every post of urs!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Divya,

      Thanks a bunch for your comment! Great to know that we have some Bahrain connection too :) Thanks again for recommending my site to your parents too.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sushama a

    I tried ur gobi chilly. it came out well.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you :)

  • Reenamathews81

    thanks maria for ur recipe.surely i will try this one and let you know.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Reena,

      hope you will like it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/gracemary.jose.9 Gracemary Jose

    Hi Maria,,
        We tried masala pulao,,and it was just awesome. thanks alot for the recipe.
    me and my friend loved it :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a bunch Grace :) I’m happy that you liked it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Jaya

    hi Maria,
    tried this recipe when we had guests for dinner and turned out gr8! thanks!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Jaya :)

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thanks Gauri!

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thanks Divya! Hope you tried it and liked it too :)

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Sherry

    Proved it again my dear Maria.. :) Thanks for this wonderful recipe.. I tried & came out good… :)

  • juvaria

    tried tis onee ,,, and it was excellent,,,my hubby was on an anti veg pulao mission ,, but i was the one who luvd veg pulao and i used to force him to eat and i failed most of the tym,, whn i made this pulao and kept in front of him he gave me an angry look , i said ” wait , jz try it’s frm “mariasmenu”, he frst opposed but the color the aroma and the look of the pulao was sooo tempting tat he said” if its frm mariasmenu i think i shud try it” at that moment i realized tat he trustd ur recipes than mine :P… and finally ended up changing his mind of hating veg pulaoss,,, phewwwww finally,, thnkzz mariaa :))))

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      I loved reading your comment Juvaria dear :) Nice to know that your husband finally liked a veg pulao! Though the recipe is from here, it’s cooked by you, s o I cant take the whole credit :)

      Thanks a lot for the comment..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • minu

    hiiiii…..maria
    i was searching 4 a recipe which i could try with minimum ingredients……because my fridge was almost empty(juz few carrots)….i came across ur recipe and am gng to try this today.
    and i will let u know the result of my cooking..thnks 4 the recipe dear…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Minu,

      Glad you found the recipe here.. Hope your pulao came out well :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Rakhi

    I tried this recipe & it came out well. Thanks for the recipe

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Rakhi :)

  • Suja

    Hi Maria,
    I came across your blog accidently and ever since I am a big fan of yours! I have made a lot of your dishes on Fridays and everyone at home is extremely pleased and overwhelmed with it and now looking forward for my special Fridays!! A big “Thank you ” for that!! I just love the simplicity you put with each dishes and so we end up making it well which turns out delicious!! I have recommended this to my cousins and friends also and am sure they too are checking it out!! Today Ill be making this and I have no doubt it will turn out well!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Suja,

      Thank you so much for your comment. Really happy to know that you’ve tried many dishes from here and it was appreciated by your family.

      Thanks again for recommending the site to your family and friends, appreciate it very much :)

      Happy cooking and wish you and your family a happy new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Sonia,

    You can use garam masala..

  • Rohith

    Hello Maria,

    I have tried Masala Pulav with your Egg-potato curry. It was awesome. Thanks a lot for sharing the Recipe

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rohith,

      Thank you very much for leaving a comment here. Nice to know that you liked the pulao and egg curry :)

      Cheers
      Maria