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February 27, 2017

Vegetable Palav Recipe – Karnataka Style Veg Pulao - Rice Bath Recipe

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Karnataka style veg pulao recipe
Here is a fool proof, Karnataka special Vegetable pulao recipe (vegetable palav) with step by step pictures and video. This mixed vegetable pulao is a must and should recipe in all the weddings, lunch buffet and parties in Bangalore, Karnataka. In hotels, its called as rice bath or veg palav in the menu. In our school moms group, we used to conduct kitty party once in a month in one of our houses. Mostly it would be a lunch party. I still remember Tara’s kitty party lunch menu. I had this pulao for the first time in her house and after that in few hotels, marriage functions and birthday parties. My friends call this as “Palav” in Kannada. I am a big fan of this Karnataka style pulao especially for its wonderful flavor. I don’t mind eating one full plate of it. 

I got this recipe from Tara and made it for our Sunday Lunch last week. It came out very well with the awesome masala flavor which is the highlight of this pulao. Tara makes it super spicy and very tasty. The whole pot gets emptied in few minutes. Thanks a lot Tara for teaching me this wonderful, authentic Karnataka veg pulao recipe to me. Now I am confident enough to try this rice variety for my guest and parties. This pulao looks mild green in color. 

In some hotels here, they serve a red colored pulao adding red chilli powder. If you are looking for that version, check out this delicious and Restaurant style SPICY VEG PULAO recipe which I learnt from my another friend Megha. Now lets see how to make this yummy, Karnataka style Vegetable pulao with step by step pictures and video !

Veg pulao recipe Karnataka

Karnataka style vegetable pualo recipe

Karnataka style vegetable pualo recipe How to make Karnataka style veg pulao recipe at home
Cuisine: Karnataka
Category: Rice varieties
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Sona masoori / Raw rice - 1 cup ( Use good quality ones)
  • Water - 2 cups ( to soak rice)
  • Mixed vegetables - 1/2 cup ( 1 Carrot, 5 beans, 1 potato, fistful peas)
  • Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1 no
  • Black stone flower - 2 nos
  • Marathi moggu - 1 no
  • Star anise - 1 no
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Big onion -1 no ( sliced)
  • Tomato - 1 small ( chopped finely)
  • Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Crushed kasoori methi - 1 tsp (optional)
  • Salt - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Green chillies - 6 nos ( use 8 for more spicy taste, 4 for less spice)
  • Mint leaves - a handful
  • Big onion - 1/2 no
  • Cinnamon - 2 inch piece
  • Cloves - 3 nos
  • Cardamom - 2 nos
  • Ginger - 1.5 inch piece
  • Garlic cloves - 8 nos
  • Water - as needed ( to grind to paste)

  • Wash and soak 1 cup of rice in 2 cups of water for 15 to 30 minutes. Wash and chop the vegetables into small cubes.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • Grind the ingredients given under “ To grind” to a smooth paste by adding required water. Set aside.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base and add the whole garam masala. Saute until aromatic and then add sliced onions. Saute till transparent. Now add the tomato pieces and saute till mushy.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • Add the ground masala paste. Mix well for a minute. Now add chopped vegetables, mix well for a minute. Then add the soaked rice along with water. Add dhania powder, crushed kasoori methi(optional) and required salt in the water. Mix well. Take some water and check for taste. Add more salt if required and slit green chilli for spicy taste.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • Pressure cook in very low flame for two whistles. Open the lid after the steam is released completely. Fluff the rice gently with a fork. Remove in a plate and serve hot with onion raita ! This rice looks slightly mushy when hot. But rice grains become fluffy and separate as it cools down.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • If you are making it for parties or functions, make this pulao one hour in advance and let it be in the cooker to stay warm. If it cools down, sprinkle very little water and reheat it for few minutes before serving. Tastes and smells yum !
Enjoy !
  • My friend Tara adds 8 to 10 chillies for the mentioned quantity. But I used 6 as my chillies were spicy. Adjust the quantity based on your taste. You can even add slit chillies in the water if you feel spiciness is less.
  • If you want, you can use red chilli powder or red chillies instead of green chillies while grinding the masala.
  • Addition of dhania powder and kasoori methi gives a nice flavor to pulao. Kasooi methi is not added usually in Karnataka style pulao, but I followed my friend's suggestion :)
  • Good quality raw rice is used for Karnataka style pulao. You can replace with basmati rice of you wish. In that case, use 1:1.5 cups of rice and water ratio based on the rice you have.
  • For variations, you can use coriander leaves instead of mint leaves but flavor may vary. 

Try this yummy, spicy Karnataka style veg pulao for your weekend lunch or lunch box, Enjoy !
Karnataka style pulao recipe

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subavenkat said...

can we try it in jeera rice and what is the water ratio and soaking time for it.

Chitra said...

Yes you can try.For jeera rice it is 1:2 and no need to soak.

R said...

Looks full of flavor and delicious.

Chitra said...

Thanks R :)

Unknown said...


I made this but used basmati rice and yes it was very flavorful & tasted excellent. I enjoyed the flavor while cooking. Thanks. Am making a variety of biriyanis from your collection.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your feedback. U made my day :)

CoolBlues said...

Luv your receipies a lot, this is teh first time am leaving a comment. Wanted this receipie for long and was so happy to see it. WIll try and let you know the feedback

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for taking time to write here :) Do try this recipe and share your feedback :)

uma said...

Hi Chitra I prepared last Sunday it's so yummy and nice flavour my husband and I enjoyed very much,he said wow ate almost the whole pulao,ty for the wonderful recipe.
I tried some recipes from your food book all are hit
Idli batter in mixi(rice&rava)
Vada in mixi
Fruit custard
Coconut ladoo
Gobi 65
Poolmakhni gravy
Rava halwa
Some chutney's
I will try more recipes🙂
Looking for more recipes

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for the feedback. I am so happy to know it. Glad you have tried many recipes and liked it :) Keep trying and share your feedback.Thanks again !

lakshmi said...

Hi tried this with normal rice . It was excellent.very flavourful.the exact taste of rice bhat in bglore.tried most of ur tiffin sambar varieties all r hit. Writing only today.

Unknown said...

I have tired this recipe and atta halwa. Both came out nice. I like ur blog Very much.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much :)

Chitra said...

I am very happy to know it.Thank you so much for writing to me :)

Sampath said...

I tried your Karnataka recipe without onion/tomato. just clove/yelaka/chili/coconut/ginger/kothamalli for grind and peas and dhaniya for frying. came out good. garnished with ghee and cashew!!
This is my trial run for a religious festival where some veg are banned from offering.
Thanks for the recipe!!

Chitra said...

Great to know. Thank you so much :)

Gajanan D Nashipudi said...

Hi Chitra, thanks for sharing this delicious recipe, I tried with jeera rice, I liked it's aroma. Thanks once again

Gajanan D Nashipudi said...

Can you share us the recipe for dhokla please

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for the feedback :)

Chitra said...

I have shared a microwave dhokla recipe. Please check it.

Santosh said...

We tried the recipe and it really came good..

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for the feedback :)

Vinodha said...

Hi sis what is the Tamil name of Sona masoori rice

Chitra said...

Hi , its ponni arisi / sapadu pacharisi

Hi ,dont we add lemon juice said...

Hi ,is it necessary to add lemon juice.

Chitra said...

Hi, lemon is not necessary