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Beetroot pulao recipe | easy lunch box recipes

by Jeyashri suresh

Beetroot Pulao is a easy and perfect lunch box recipe. My kids generally love to eat beet root. I usually make Beetroot poriyal. For a change just tried beetroot pulao. I added some green peas and frozen corn too. We had this for a week day lunch. As the kids have holidays now, i just went out with them and after we came home i made this easy and simple pulao. It was a super hit at my house and on kids request i made this again. I too clicked the pictures on that day. Do try this for the lunch box and i am sure kids and even adults will love this beetroot pulao a lot.

I have scheduled few posts for the next 2 weeks and few complied posts for weekend Indian cooking basics too. We are going to Chennai for 2 weeks on a vacation. I will not be so prompt in replying mails and please bear with me.


Beetroot pulao

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time :20 mins |   Serves : 2-3
     Basmati rice   1 cup
     Beetroot    1/2 cup (chopped)
     Green peas  1/4 cup(optional)
     Sweet  corn   1/4 cup(optional)
     Mint leaves    1/4 cup
     Coriander leaves  few
     Tomato     1 small
     Onion   1
     Garlic     3 pods
     Turmeric powder  1/4 tsp 
      Red chilli powder   1/2 tsp
      Salt     as needed  
      Oil     2 tblsp     

Beetroot- pulao

  • Wash the rice  and soak in 1 and 1/2 cup of water for 15 mins. Cut the beetroot into small cubes.
  • Chop the onions and tomato roughly. Peel the skin of the garlic.
  • In a pan add little oil and add in the cubed onions and tomatoes and garlic.
  • Saute till the become nice golden brown. Add the mint leaves and coriander leaves to this and cook for a minute.
  • Switch off the flame. Allow it to cool.

onion tomato+mint

  • Grind this into a smooth paste. Since it has tomatoes no need to add water.
  • In a pressure cooker, add oil and add in the ground paste.
  • Saute well for few minutes in a low flame. Add red chilli powder and turmeric powder.

ground paste

  • Add the beetroot , corn and peas(if adding) and saute well. Add salt to this.
  • Add the rice  which we soaked. Do not discard the water. Saute this in a low flame for 5 minutes.

beet-root pulao

  • Add 1 and 1/2 water to this and cover the lid of the cooker. Let 1 whistle come. Simmer the flame and let be in low flame for 10 minutes.
  • Fluff the rice once the pressure is released.


  • Beetroot pulao is ready to serve. Onion raita is the best combo for this pulao.

Beetroot -pulao

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Seetha Chandrasekaran June 13, 2014 - 7:05 am

looks yummy.. will surely try it 🙂

AparnaRajeshkumar June 13, 2014 - 7:15 am

seriously colorful

Kurinji June 13, 2014 - 7:25 am

colorful and healthy pulao...

Nivedhanams Sowmya June 13, 2014 - 7:40 am

love this quick and easy pulao!!

Beulah Arun June 13, 2014 - 8:25 am

Looks fantastic! So colorful too!

Amrita Roy June 13, 2014 - 8:41 am

Easy and healthy too

Gayathri NG June 13, 2014 - 9:44 am

Healthy and unique pulao...

Veena Theagarajan June 13, 2014 - 10:58 am

healthy one pot meal

Hari Chandana P June 13, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Healthy and delicious pulao!

Malathi ganesh June 13, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Pulao looks tempting

nandoos Kitchen June 16, 2014 - 5:57 am

seriously tempting pulao

Priya Suresh June 16, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Can have this pulav happily with some potato chips.

suhaina aji June 17, 2014 - 6:05 am

oooh. i am craving for some right now.

preeti June 17, 2014 - 12:41 pm

oh great
it will be healthy and delicious to
planning to arrange Princess Birthday theme decorations with beeetroot pulav
it will rock !

Rajani June 20, 2014 - 8:09 am

I actually love beet root and this will be a great lunch box idea. I made a different version a few days ago, now I'll try yours.

Padmaramya Narasimhan October 12, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Hi jeyashri,

I did not see onions in ingredients list. How many to use?

jeyashri suresh October 12, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Padmaramya, thanks for the mention. I added now in the recipe. 1 onion is enough

Balaji November 26, 2014 - 6:33 am

I tried this recipe and it has come out very well. Thanks for this post and now I'm a great fan of beetroot pulav 🙂

cooking December 3, 2014 - 9:27 pm


Today I tried this recipe for lunch and it came out very well. Thanks for posting these delicious recipe.

sheriff November 13, 2015 - 10:50 pm

Tried this receipe with my regular rice... Turned out yummy... My 3 year old just loved this... Thanks for posting this receipe...

Niru January 27, 2016 - 3:57 am

Hi Jeyashri,

I tried this recipe and it came out really well. It's awesome and yummy. Thank you for this recipe

Aishwarya Rajan March 12, 2016 - 5:15 am

Good one, going to try today

Priya Ramkumar May 25, 2016 - 3:16 pm

made this pulav for a weekday lunch and packed for my daughter's school lunch as well . we all loved it .. nice variation of pulav ..

Sudha Sreedhar July 13, 2017 - 4:40 am

Tried and came out as a tasty onepot meal...


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