Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Brown Rice Vegetable Pulav

Brown Rice Vegetable Pulav

The moment I hear the recipe name the one thing that comes to my mind is the Brown Rice ad with Chef  Sanjeev Kapoor. So I was always wanting to experiment different cuisines with Brown Rice. So some time last week, I made my first try with BR Veg Pulav and it tasted really good. So I felt motivated and tried with Brown Rice Dal Khichdi which was also yummy. I will share the BR Khichdi recipe sometime next week.

You can add any vegetables, Masalas that you have in your pantry. I have used what was available in my pantry on that. I have mildly spiced, if you want to make spicy, adjust to your preference.

Even though its seems like lot of work, it is not, each step will take a minute to 2 to complete. If your Rice is ready you can prepare this dish in less than 10 minutes.


Brown Rice - 1 Cup (Washed and Soaked in 2.5 cups of water for 30 minutes )
Onion - 1 (Medium, thinly sliced)
Cauliflower - 1/4 Cup (Broken into small florets)
Green Chilly - 1 (Slit)
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 Teaspoon
Paneer or Cottage Cheese - 1/4 Cup (Cut into 1" cubes)
Potatoes - 1 (Large, washed and cut into 1" cubes)
Cinnamon, Cloves, Bay leaves, Aniseed - 1 Each
Green peas - 2 Tablespoon (Boiled)
Red Chilly Powder - 1 Tablespoon
Green Coriander Leaves - 1 Tablespoon (Finely Chopped)
Mint leaves - 2 tablespoon (Washed and roughly chopped)
Salt - To Taste
Oil - As required
Clarified Butter/Ghee - 1 Tablespoon (Optional)


Cooking the Rice:
  • In usually soak my Brown Rice in 3 Cups (For a Cup of Brown Rice) for 15 minutes and cook it for 5 whistles in a pressure cooker.
  • As I was making Pulav, I reduced the water by 1/2 Cup and increased the soaking time. So for this pulav I soaked 1 Cup of brown Rice in 2.5 Cups of water for 30 minutes and cooked for 5 whistles.
  • The above is only an indication and may change depending on your quality of Rice and maturity of rice etc.
  • I have used authentic thick brown Rice and not Brown Rice Basmati Rice. You can use any Brown Rice variant that is available/you like.
  • So cook the Brown Rice and keep it aside.
Cooking the Veggies:
  • Place a tava/Kadhai on stove and add a tablespoon of oil and arrange the Potato cubes.
  • leave on one side for 2-3 minutes and then flip it cook.
  • If you think it is taking too long to cook, then cover the tava with a lid.
  • Once the potatoes are half done, arrange the Paneer and cauliflower also and cook till the Potatoes,cauliflower and Paneer are done and gets a nice colour.
Onions and Spices:
  • Meanwhile, place another Kadhai/Wok and add a little more than a Tablespoon of oil.
  • Once the Oil is warm, add the Whole Garam masala (Cinnamon, Cloves, Bay leaves, Aniseed) and saute till they are done. This may take couple of seconds.
  • To this add the onions and saute till they are done.
  • Then add the Mint leaves, Ginger Garlic Paste and Saute for a minute or two.
  • Add the Red chilly powder and saute it around and to this add the boiled Green peas and Saute.
  • Now add the sauteed veggies also to this (Potatoes, Cauliflower and Paneer) and saute it around a bit.
  • Ensure that you maintain the shape of these veggies and don't mash them.
The Final touch:
  • After tossing all veggies together, add the cooked Brown Rice and toss it around.
  • Cover and cook for a minute or two to just allow the veggies and rice to come together.
  • Garnish with Green Coriander leaves and pour a tablespoon of rice.
  • Enjoy your Yummy and Healthy Brown Rice.


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