Vegetable and Lentil Pulao

Vegetable and Lentil Pulao

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A concoction of rice, dal, mixed veggies, saffron and fried onions, is layered with a rich gravy made with onion paste, and baked in an oven. This is a relatively easy-to-make main course, but the effect is grand because baking creates a ‘dum’ effect in the vegetable and lentil pulao.

Vegetable and Lentil Pulao recipe - How to make Vegetable and Lentil Pulao

Soaking time:  30 minutes   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Baking Time:  20 to 25 minutes   Baking Temperature:  180ºC (360ºF)   Total Time:     6Makes 6 servings
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For The Rice-dal Mixture
1 1/4 cups rice (chawal) soaked for 30 minutes and drained
3/4 cup toovar (arhar) dal
1/2 cup thinly sliced deep-fried onions
3/4 cup chopped and boiled mixed vegetables (french beans , carrots and green peas)
2 pinches saffron (kesar) strands dissolved in 2 tsp of milk
salt to taste

For The Curry
2 tbsp ghee
1 cup whisked fresh curds (dahi)
1 tsp sugar
salt to taste

To Be Ground Into A Smooth Onion Paste (using A Little Water)
1/2 cup roughly chopped onions
2 tbsp grated fresh coconut
4 whole dry kashmiri red chillies , broken into pieces
25 mm (1”) piece ginger (adrak)
4 garlic (lehsun) cloves
1 tbsp poppy seeds (khus-khus)
2 cardamoms
2 tsp coriander (dhania) seeds
1 tsp roasted cumin seeds (jeera)

Other Ingredients
2 tsp ghee for greasing
2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup deep-fried onions

For Serving
fresh curd

For the rice-dal mixture

    For the rice-dal mixture
  1. Boil the rice. Each grain of the cooked rice should be separate. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Combine the dal and 1½ cups of water in a deep non-stick kadhai and cook on a medium flame for 10 to 15 minutes or till the dal is cooked. Keep aside.
  3. Combine the rice, dal, mixed vegetables, fried onions, saffron-milk mixture and salt in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Divide the rice-dal mixture into 2 equal portions and keep aside.

For the curry

    For the curry
  1. Heat the ghee in a broad non-stick pan, add the prepared onion paste and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from the flame, add the curds, sugar and salt and mix well. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Grease a microwave safe baking bowl with ghee, put 1 portion of the rice-dal mixture and spread it evenly using the back of a spoon.
  2. Pour the prepared curry and spread it evenly.
  3. Finally put all the remaining rice-dal mixture and spread it evenly.
  4. Pour the milk over it, cover with a lid and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180ºc (360ºf) for 15 to 20 minutes or microwave on high for 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Just before serving, turn upside down on a big serving plate.
  6. Serve immediately with fresh curds.


Vegetable and Lentil Pulao
 on 12 Mar 15 04:30 PM

The vegetables in this recipe have a nice crunchy texture , the dal and rice is just cooked perfect.A lovely,tangy curd mixture, makes the pulao more tasty.