Biryani, Pulao and fried rice varietiesHara bhara pulao recipe | Pulav recipes

Hara bhara pulao recipe | Pulav recipes

Hara bhara pulao | Chutney pulav | Hariyali paneer pulao, is a aromatic pulao which i tried recently and it was a super hit too. Two weeks back , i did a cookery show in  a Community center nearby for 25 people. It was my first experience to do a cookery show and i was super excited and bit nervous too. I planned ot make this hara bhara pulao and it turned out very well and  every one who came for the show enjoyed it a lot. I also gained much confidence to face the crowd after this show. This hara bhara pulao is a must try one, i actually planned to make a paneer tikka pulao but finally ended up in making this hara bara pulao.

Hara bhara Pulao recipe

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 30 Mins |Serves: 3

     Basmati rice   1 cup
     Bay leaf  1
     Cardamom  1
     Paneer cubes   1/2 cup
     Green peas   a handful (optional)
     Capsicum  1/2 
     Onion   1
     Cumin powder| jeera powder   1/2 tsp
     Garam masala   1/4 tsp
     Chaat masala or tandoori masala  2 pinches
     Salt  to taste
     Oil   1 tbslp + 1 tsp
     Lemon juice   few drops
  To roast and grind
     Onion   1
     Green chili   1-2
     Garlic   4 pods
     Fresh cream  1 tblsp or Cashew nuts  7
     Kasoori methi  1 tsp
     Mint leaves  one handful
     Coriander leaves    little
     Oil    3 tsp

Hara bara pulao

  • Wash and soak the basmati rice in 1 cup of water.
  •  Keep the ingredients given under the table “to roast and grind”

hara bara pulao 1

  • Cut the onions roughly and peel the skin of the garlic. Roughly chop the mint and coriander leaves.
  • In a pan add 3 tsp of oil and add the roughly chopped onions,green chili, garlic pods and  cashew nuts (if using fresh cream add while grinding)
  • Cook in a medium low flame till the onions turns nice golden brown. This is the main key in the recipe. Ensure that the onions should be nicely browned, be careful not to get it burnt.

hara bara pulao 2

  • Add the roughly chopped mint and coriander leaves and switch off the flame after a minute.
  • Add the kasoori methi too.

hara bara pulao 3

  • Allow this to cool completely.
  • Grind this into a fine paste. If adding fresh cream add it now.
  • If you need water while grinding add 1-2 tblsp from the water which we soaked the rice.

pulao 1

  • In a pressure cooker add 1 tblsp of oil and add the cardamom and bay leaf. You can add cinnamon, clove and star anise too.
  • Add the ground paste to this and cook in a low flame for 2 minutes.

pulao 2

  • Now add the paneer cubes and add the cumin powder, salt and garam masala. If adding green peas add now.

hara bara pulao 6

  • Mix well and add the soaked rice. Keep the water aside.  Cook the rice for a minute and add the water. Add  the lemon juice to this.

hara bara pulao 7

  • Cover the pressure cooker and cook this till one whistle. After that keep it in a very low flmae for 5 minutes and switch it off.
  • While the rice is getting cooked chop 1 onion and the capsicum into cubes.
hara bara pulao 8
  • In a pan add 1 tsp of oil and the cubed capsicums and onions.
  • Add a dash of salt and the tandoori masala or chaat masala.
  • Cook till the onions become nice golden colour. This is also a highlight of this pulao. So do not skip this step.

hara bara pulao 9

  • Open the cooker and add the roasted onions and capsicum. Mix well .

hara bara pulao 10

  • Hara bara pulao is ready to serve.

hara bara pulao

  • Serve this pulao with any raitha of your choice.  We had with onion raitha.
Hariyali pulao
  1. Browning of onions is one of the main aspect in this recipe.
  2. Adding kasoori methi while grinding  and chaat masala or tandoori masala in the last, enhances the flavour.
  3. Since we are adding fresh cream or cashew nuts no need to add any ghee to the pulao.
  4. Adding lemon juice helps to cook the rice separately. It will not give any bitter taste to the pulao.
  5. Instead of paneer you can add veggies too.

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  1. Tried this and came out superbly well. So flavoursome even my toddler loved it! Did not have tandoori/chaat masala on hand. As such I substituted with more garam masala and a pinch of amchur.

    Thank you very very much.


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