Rice Pulao

Rice Pilao

Flavorful Veggie Rice

Indian rice pulao, also known as pilaf, is a popular rice dish in Indian cuisine that's nutritious and delicious. It consists of rice cooked with a variety of spices and vegetables, creating a flavorful and aromatic dish. Pulao can be enjoyed on its own or as a side dish and it’s one of our favorite, easy dishes to make on repeat.  

SERVINGS: 6 | PREP TIME: 10 min | COOK TIME: 25 min


  • 1 cup basmati rice*

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 serrano chili, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed veggies (such as peas, carrots, and corn)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cups chopped potatoes, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 4 whole cloves (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or ghee**
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • Salt & pepper
  • 3 tbsp Everyday Spice Mix 


  • Rinse and drain rice and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil or ghee in a deep pan or pot. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cloves, and chopped serrano pepper. Cook for a few minutes then add onions and continue cooking.
  • Add the frozen veggies, salt, pepper, ginger and garlic into the pan and continue cooking until the veggies begin to soften.
  • Add in the rice and 2 tbsp of Everyday Spice Mix and sauté for about 30 seconds to toast the rice.
  • Add three cups of water, another tablespoon of Everyday Spice and bring to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce the heat to low and cook for about 12 minutes or until the rice is cooked.
  • Turn off the heat once the rice is cooked and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Remove lid, fluff with a fork and garnish with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of half a lemon.


  • *For a keto-friendly version, replace the 1 cup of basmati rice with 1 1/2 cups of cooked cauliflower rice.
  • **For a vegetarian version, use ghee instead of oil.
  • Use vegetable broth instead of water for added flavor.
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