Vegetable Pulao with Sonal’s PavBhaji Melange….


There is Nothing better then freshly home made spice delivery from a friend…….

Got freshly home made spice mixes from Sonal in the mail a few days back and I was so looking forward to trying them out . Oh and did I mention that they smell amazingly heavenly & I can promise you that Sonal’s spices are better then any market bought spice mixes .,

Looking forward to Sonal going commercial with her “The Spice Factory”.

In this recipe, veggies and rice are first sautéed in oil and then cooked in a pan as you would cook steamed rice . However, the uniqueness of this easy mixed vegetable pulao recipe lies in use of Sonal’s Pavbhaji Masala …

vegetable pulao recipe

PREP TIME: 30 mins
COOK TIME: 25 mins
TOTAL TIME: 55 mins

Main ingredients for veg pulao:

1cups long grained or basmati rice .
1 1/2 cup mixed vegetables . I used chopped carrots, cauliflower , green peas (frozen) and potatoes (you can use your choice of vegetables)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 medium size tomato, chopped
1 tbs minced ginger garlic
1 green chili, finely chopped
2 cups water or veg stock
2 tbsp ghee / clarified butter or oil
1 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
salt as per taste
1 tsp cumin seeds


Rinse Rice till the water runs clear of starch …
Drain and keep aside.
In a deep thick bottomed pan, heat ghee/oil and add cumin seeds
Now add onions and sauté till golden brown .
Add minced ginger-garlic along with green chili . Mix well.
Add the tomatoes and saute for 2-3 minutes so that they mix well with the onions.
Add all the veggies , Pavbhaji masala , turmeric powder & sauté till mixed well .
Now add drained rice and sauté gently so that the rice gets well coated with the oil and spices .
Add 2 cups of water and stir.
Season with salt and stir again.
Cover and let the rice cook on a low flame, till the water is absorbed and the rice is fully cooked.
Once the rice is cooked , fluff and let the rice stand for 5 minutes.

Garnish with Coriander leaves &

Serve this flavored aromatic vegetable pulao with a lemon wedges , raita, pickle and roasted papadums …