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Bengali Vegetable Pulao Recipe

Bengali Vegetable Pulao- A light and flavorful rice dish with veggies, nuts and raisins.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Mains
Cuisine: Bengali
Servings: 2
Calories: 660kcal
Author: Anusha Praveen


  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 2+1 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 small Bay leaf
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ½ inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 green Cardamoms


  • ½ cup Carrot peeled and cubed into 1 cm cubes
  • ½ cup Beans stalks removed and sliced diagonally.
  • ¼ cup green peas both fresh and frozen work

Spice mix

  • 1 teaspoon Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala
  • 2 teaspoon Salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 12 whole cashews halved
  • 2 tablespoon raisins


Soaking the rice

  • Wash basmati rice in water till water runs clear.
  • Drain, add water and let soak for 20 mins. In the meanwhile, prep all your veggies and mix the seasoning. Set aside.

Cooking the Basmati rice

  • Once rice is soaked, add one more cup of water to it and salt and cook on stove top till 90% done.
  • Switch off flame and drain rice completely.
  • Fluff with a fork. Set aside.

Sauteeing veggies and frying the nuts and raisins

  • Now, heat a large pan with oil.
  • Once hot,Add cashews and fry till golden.
  • Drain. Tip in raisins and fry till they are puffed up.
  • Add whole spices along with green chili and cook for 10 to 20 secs.
  • Now, add the veggies and mix well.
  • Cook this on high flame to preserve crunch and color.
  • Your veggies must be crunchy and yet cooked. Takes no more than 3 mins on high flame.
  • Next, divide the rice into two batches.
  • Add one batch to the pan and spread evenly.
  • Add half of the seasoning mix.
  • Do not mix this.
  • Add remaining rice and spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle the remaining seasoning over the rice.
  • Now, gently mix in the rice using a folding motion.
  • Once, everything mixes up properly, place on low flame and cook covered for 10 mins.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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Nutrition values are provided here as a courtesy and are only a rough guide. Please consult a health care provider if you have any concerns.


Calories: 660kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2585mg | Potassium: 666mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5498IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 4mg
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