Thursday, August 30, 2018

Vegetable Palav | Karnataka Style Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Palav is made for this month's "Shh Cooking Secretly" event. This month's theme is Karnataka Cuisine. I am paired with Sujata Roy who gave me rice and coconut as my secret ingredients. The first thing that came in my mind when I got the ingredients was this pulao. I gave Sujata, chana dal and ghee and she made a mouth watering sweet dish - Hayagreeva.

In Karnataka, Pulao is often referred to as Palav. It is an easy to make one-pot meal with rice, vegetables and few spices. It is usually made with Sona Masoori rice. Adding coconut while making the masala paste enhances the taste and I strongly recommend you don't skip it.

Do try this easy, healthy and delicious rice dish.

Serves - 2

  1. Rice (sona masoori) - 1 cup
  2. Onion - 1 no.
  3. Tomato - 1 no.
  4. Green peas - 1/2 cup
  5. Carrots diced - 1/2 cup
  6. Green peas - 1/2 cup
  7. Potatoes diced - 1/2 cup
  8. Coconut - 1/2 cup
  9. Bay leaves - 2
  10. Cardamom - 2
  11. Cloves - 5-6
  12. Cinnamon - 1 inch
  13. Star anise - 1
  14. Ginger - 1 inch
  15. Garlic - 5-7 cloves
  16. Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup + little more for garnishing
  17. Mint leaves/Pudina - 1/2 cup
  18. Green chilies - 2 or as per your spice level
  19. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  20. Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  21. Oil - 2 tbsp
  22. Salt to taste
1. Take a mixer-grinder and grind the following ingredients into a fine paste:
  •  Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Coriander leaves
  • Pudina
  • Coconut
  • Green chilies 
2. Take a pressure cooker and heat 2 tbsp of oil. To hot oil add bay leaves, cardamom, cloves, star anise and cinnamon and saute for a minute.

3. Add the sliced onion, turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp salt. Saute until onions turn translucent. 

4. Add the ground paste and fry until oil separates. 

5. Add the diced tomatoes, cut vegetables, lemon juice and give it a good mix.

6. Add 2 cups of water and check for the salt and add it if required.

7. Finally add washed rice and cook for 2 whistles. 

Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot palav with raitha. 

Sujata Roy blogs at "Batter Up With Sujata". Do check out her blog for a good collection of recipes. 


  1. A pulav with coconut in the masala paste! Im sure it will add to the flavours and the pulav will taste really delicious!

  2. Karnataka palav was something that I took a while to understand. But all the while loved it.

  3. A lovely palav, with so many flavors all put together. I've cooked with sona masoori rice and it is so different from the normal basmati. Each rice grain has a bite to it.

  4. Delicious looking veggie loaded palav and I love cooking with short grain rice sometimes for a change, it does taste delicious.

  5. Flavour ful rich looking rice yummy😋

  6. Delicious, colourful and a healthy pulav. We make khichadi with sona masoori rice, but never used in pulav.

  7. My sister-in-law makes this palav beautifully, and all of us absolutely adore it. Your version looks equally tempting. Great share for the theme! :)

  8. I am loving the masala in this Pulav. The flavour of the coconut must definitely set this apart. Now I have another one-dish meal that I can add to my repertoire.

  9. Vegetable palav looks so flavourful and delicious, with coconut it's rich and soothing.

  10. Flavourful pulao.. Loved the addition of freshly made ground paste.. Yummy !

  11. Looks so delicious!Perfect lunchbox recipe!

  12. I love this flavourful palav and it is a long time since I cooked this.Looks amazing. This will be my lunch for tomorrow.Lovely share

  13. This pulav looks so yummy, ideal for a weekend menu.

  14. Can smell the flavor of thie palav, prefect to pack in anyone's lunch box. Lovely dish there.

  15. during my corporate life..this was my lunch your recipe.

  16. hailing from bangalore, I still make one of the variations of Pulav this way ! and such a sumptuous dinner / lunch box dish..

  17. So delicious and healthy pulao. Perfect for lunch box idea.... Lovely share for theme :)

  18. The Karnataka style vegetable pulao sounds so healthy and filling ! My idea of comfort food on weekdays..lovely share !