This easy recipe for Andhra Style Veg Pulao recipe is delicious, flavorful, and quick to make. It’s one of the most popular recipes on my blog, which I like because it shows that people are willing to experiment with new flavors and step out of their comfort zone when it comes to Indian food.
This recipe is super simple and works perfectly with any veggies, lentils, or beans you want to mix in. It’s a great way to use up leftovers too. The recipe below is straight from my family, so I hope you all enjoy it.
- 1 Andhra Style Veg Pulao Recipe
- 2 Nutrition Facts Per Serving
- 3 How Should I Serve Veg Pulao? Amazing 5 Serving Ideas
- 4 What Toppings Goes With The Veg Pulao?
- 5 Are Veg Pulao Good For You?
- 6 Are Veg Pulao Kids Friendly?
- 7 The Bottom Line
Andhra Style Veg Pulao Recipe
Prepare Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 2 cups Basmati rice
- 2 potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
- 2 carrots peeled and cut into slices
- 1/2 cup Fresh or frozen peas
- 1/2 cup Fresh cauliflower
- Coriander leaves As reqd
- 3 onions finely sliced
- 2 green chilies chopped
- 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds Jeerakam
- 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp Garam masala powder
- 1 tsp Coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 tsp Red chilly powder
- salt to taste
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 5 ½ cups of water
1. Wash and soak rice for 10 minutes.
2. Cook rice in a pressure cooker with the water, Turmeric powder, and salt for 3 whistles (9-10 minutes).
3. Heat oil in a pan and add Cumin seeds, Mustard seeds, Jeerakam (curry leaves), onions, and green chilies to it. Fry till onions turn light brown in color.
4. Add ginger garlic paste to the above mixture along with carrots, peas, and potatoes to it, mix well and fry till they turn soft (5-7 minutes).
5. Now add the cooked rice, chilly red powder, coriander powder, and salt to it, mix well, and fry for a minute.
6. Andhra Style Veg Pulao is ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Excellent Source Of: Fibre, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Zinc.
How Should I Serve Veg Pulao? Amazing 5 Serving Ideas
1. A Great Breakfast
You can make it a perfect Breakfast by serving the Andhra Style Veg Pulao with some Raitha (yogurt seasoned with salt, pepper, and roasted cumin powder).
2. Kids Lunch Box
Another great way to serve Veg Pulao is to pack it in a kid’s lunch box along with spicy tomato chutney or Peanut Chutney. You may also add a simple salad of cucumber and tomatoes for a healthy daily low-fat meal for your kids.
3. Party Food
This Veg Pulao makes great party food too, as it can be served cold or hot. You can also pack these in lunch boxes and enjoy them during breaks at work.
Finally, you can also make Veg Pulao as a snack or appetizer by serving it in different shapes like balls, fritters, triangles, etc., with an onion salad garnished with coriander leaves like our recipe for Onion Salad (click here for the recipe).
5. Vegetarian Main Course
Andhra Style Vegetable Pulao is also a great way to add a balance of vitamins and minerals to the vegetarian main course during winter when you can’t afford many fresh vegetables.
You could easily make this as your main course meal by adding onions, potatoes, and cauliflower to the rice along with some black pepper powder and salt.
What Toppings Goes With The Veg Pulao?
1. A Simple Onion Salad
You can make a simple onion salad in the same way as we did earlier by mixing chopped onions, coriander leaves, cucumber, and tomatoes with a pinch of salt, pepper powder, chilly red powder, and olive oil. You can toss it with some rice or simply serve it alone as an appetizer.
2. Spicy Vegetable Sambar
You can also have this Veg Pulao as lunch, along with a simple sambar prepared from mixed vegetables with a touch of turmeric powder (or add some rice for more texture).
The spice level may be adjusted to your taste but remember that the heat level will depend on your preference.
3. Spicy Peanut Chutney
You can make an amazing peanut chutney as a dip for your Veg Pulao. Simply mix peanuts with some warm water, salt, pepper powder, and lemon juice. Blend it in a blender till smooth, and serve. You may also add milk to make it creamier. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves before serving.
4. Spicy Tomato Chutney
Similarly, you can also have this Veg Pulao along with Tomato chutney, where you will have to finely chop onions and tomatoes and cook them in a pan by adding chilly red powder, cloves, cinnamon powder, black pepper powder, and cardamom powder (1/2 tsp of each). You can also add salt and mix well to taste. Cook till the tomatoes turn soft. You can serve it hot or cold.
Are Veg Pulao Good For You?
A healthy rice dish can be an integral part of your daily diet. Vegetarian dishes like Pulao and Biryani are excellent choices as they offer you a good source of proteins, iron, and zinc.
You can cook your rice in a variety of ways to get the best nutritional value from it. One serving of cooked rice offers you 7% RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) of iron and zinc.
6 Reasons Why We Should Eat Rice Everyday:
1. Rice Contains Inositol
Rice is a great source of B complex vitamins, especially vitamin B9 or folic acid, which is an excellent antidote for depression and anxiety associated with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).
2. Rice Is A Great Source Of Fibre
Rice is a great source of dietary fiber to maintain good bowel health, and it is rich in resistant starch, which plays an important role in weight management by regulating appetite. You can also eat rice with other cereals like wheat or cereal to get the goodness of dietary fiber.
3. Rice Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels
A healthy diet plan should include a balanced intake of fat, carbohydrates, proteins, and micronutrients required to maintain the blood sugar level within normal limits for optimal energy metabolism and healthy body functioning. Rice is a good source for building proteins and contains lysine, which helps lower cholesterol levels in your body.
4. Rice Helps Strengthen Your Grip
Rice is good for strengthening your muscle, and you can make it a part of your daily diet. It also helps strengthen the bone tissue and prevent dental issues like cavities and gum infections.
5. Rice Keeps Your Heart Healthy
Recent research shows that people who eat white rice less than 3-4 times a week are at a lesser risk of developing coronary heart diseases than those who had rice more often than once or twice a week. This research was conducted in Asian countries where rice intake is nearly 7 times more than wheat or other cereals.
6. Rice Is A Great Source Of Vitamins
Rice is a great source of vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B6, niacin, and folacin. You can also have rice along with cereal for additional benefits of vitamins and minerals.
Are Veg Pulao Kids Friendly?
Vegetarian food recipes are great in every way as they do not contain any harmful products like eggs or dairy products, and they also keep your kids away from excess fat and cholesterol. You can enjoy this Veggie Pulao with your kids without fearing that they will get digested and go through any ill effects.
The Bottom Line
Vegetarian recipes are tasty and nutritious. You can make it a part of your daily diet by having it with some simple pulses and vegetables along with a side dish of whole wheat bread.
You can also have it as a main course for lunch or dinner with some simple veggies like onions, tomatoes, and cucumber. This Veggie Pulao tastes amazing, and kids will also love it.