Cauliflower Pulao/Pilaf

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Cauliflower Pulao/Pilaf

Hi friends! Cauliflower Pulao/Pilaf is an easy recipe which can be prepared as one pot meal! Pulav/Pilaf, a rice dish consumed mainly in Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.


1 tea cup Basmati Rice

2 cups Cauliflower tiny florets

15 cloves Garlic, crushed

1 Bay leaf /Tej Patta

3-4 Cloves, powdered

3-4 black peppers, powdered

3 black cardamoms

2 ” stick Cinnamon

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp salt or salt to taste

3 tbsp Cooking oil

2 tea cups water


Step 1.

Wash well and soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain and keep ready.

Step 2.

Wash the cauliflower florets well under running water. Drain and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a heavy bottom pan take the cooking oil and place it on high flame. Add Bay leaf/Tej patta, Black cardamom, Cinnamon, turmeric ,powdered cloves and pepper. Sauté for few seconds , add garlic paste stir for few seconds .

Step 4.

Add Cauliflower florets to these spices and sauté on medium flame for few more seconds.

Step 5.

Add drained rice, salt and two tea cups of water. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat. Cover and cook on the slow flame for fifteen minutes or till rice is well cooked.

Step 6.

Serve hot with mint Raita, pickle and papads!

 Health benefits of Rice :

The health benefits of rice are many. Rice is the staple grain for more than half the world’s population, especially Asia. Rice is becoming increasingly popular in other parts of the world as well. Rice is a great source of complex carbohydrates which give us the energy we need. According to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations), rice provides 20 percent of the world’s dietary energy supply.

Rice contains all the amino acids essential for building and maintaining muscle tissue, and make up antibodies, enzymes, and hormones. These amino acids also help maintain healthy skin, hair, eyesight, and nourish the heart, lungs, tendons and ligaments, brain, nervous system and glands.

Rice is low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium and hence makes a perfect food for those with high blood pressure and requiring a low-sodium diet. The calcium in rice (especially brown rice) helps lower blood pressure.


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Green Peas Rice

 Rice with peas 2

Green Peas Pulao / Matar Pulav

Serves: 2
Cooking time (approx.): 20 minutes
Cuisine: North Indian, Vegetarian

  • 1  cup Basmati rice / long grain rice, uncooked
  • 1  cup green peas, shelled
  • 2  medium size onions, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp Cumin seed / Geera
  • 2  tablespoons butter olive oil
  • 2 1/2  cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt to taste


Step 1.

Wash the rice well. Soak it in water for half an hour for best results. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat oil on medium flame in a large heavy-bottomed pan, add cumin seed, when it splutters add sliced onions .

Step 3.

Fry for a few minutes, till onions turn light golden brown.

Step 4.

Add the rice, green peas, water and salt to the fried onions. Mix well bring to boil on high flame. Once it stars boiling , reduce heat to low flame and cook covered on low level for ten to fifteen minutes or till all water is absorbed.

Step 5.

Serve hot , garnishing with a sprinkling of black pepper powder.

Note: Green peas / matar are a good way to add more taste to Basmati rice.Green peas rice is more delicious when served with curries, Raitas and salads .