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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This beetroot pulao is suggested by a reader (Aby Senthil) when I posted Channa pulao. She mailed immediately saying we can try beetroot pulao same way as my channa pulao. And sent the recipe too. So one day I tried and turned out great. Aj loved it. Me too loved it. Once when we went to our mama’s house my mami had made biryani with beetroot. Usually we don’t add beets in Biryani, so it was quite different, attractive and tasty too. But never tried on my own. This is the first time I made and will make it often for ourselves. Do try it for a change, your kid would love it for its colourGirlBoy.

Beetroot pulao recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 30 mins    |  Cook time: 25 mins    Serves: 3


Basmati rice  1 cup heaped 
Beetroot, chopped  1 cup 
Green peas  1/2 cup 
Onion  1 
Ginger garlic paste  1 tsp 
Red chilli powder  1 tsp 
Coriander seeds powder  1 tsp 
Turmeric  1/8 tsp 
Coconut milk, thin  1 cup 
Coriander leaves, chopped  2 tblsp 
Salt  As needed 

To temper

Oil / Ghee 2 tsp
Cinnamon 1 piece
Cardamom 1
Clove 1
Saunf (fennel seeds) 1/2 tsp


  1. Soak basmati rice for atleast 1/2 hour. Heat a small pressure cooker with oil/ ghee, temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table in order. Add thinly sliced onions and fry till transparent. 1-temper
  2. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute in medium flame. Add beetroot and green peas. Add little salt and continue frying for 2 mins in medium flame. 2-fry
  3. Add turmeric, chilli powder and dhaniya powder and give it a fry. Add thin coconut milk and a cup of water. Bring to boil, add required salt and soaked basmati rice. Mix well.3-cook 
  4. Cook for 14 minutes in lowest possible flame with lid and pressure valve. Or upto 2 whittles in medium flame. Garnish with coriander leaves.5-ready


    • You can garnish with fried cashews too.
    • You can skip green peas.
    • I didn’t had ginger garlic paste, so I pressed ginger and garlic in garlic press.

Serve hot with any raita, onion raita best or boondi raita and chips.


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  1. Hi..this pulao looks very good.Once I tried something of this kind and my whole rice turned into red color but yours looks just like a normal pulao.Do you have any special tip to retain it from not becoming reddish?

    1. Try coconut milk, also not more than 2 cups of water (including coconut milk)

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  3. This pulao looks super yummy.Keep rocking Raks with your delightful recipes.I tried your ela vadam at home and it came out super fine.Thanks .

    1. Oh super! Thanks for the feedback :)

  4. Nice looking pulao.. and so easily done with a pressure cooker! Looking at the pic I thought it might have been a very elaborate method!

  5. this is an awesome idea raks. loved the color combo , not too much red ..

  6. Yummy pulao and will try this with coconut milk

  7. looks so flavourful.. so tasty

  8. wow!!! wow!! awesome pictures dear!! luk so yumm and delicious!

  9. wow! this is definitely yummilicious pulao.

  10. Wow!! Looks super yummy. Your pulao dishes are my go to dishes, on the days I have very little time.

    I have one question though... No matter how I cook the pulao, low or medium flame, I always end up burning the bottom :( If I add a little more water, the rice gets mushy :( Do you have any tips? I have the stainless steel butterfly pressure cooker and I have a gas stove.

    Thanks :)

    1. I find this Indolium pressure cooker perfect. Coz, it never gives a burnt bottom. May be try buying on small cooker in this metal.
      Try using little more oil, may be it will help.

    2. Thanks, Raji. I will keep an eye out for it at our local store.

  11. Nicely made pulav.Tempting!

  12. Fantastic preparation raji .Looks tooo good

  13. Hi Raks Anand,
    I first came across your work when searching for some recipe and, from then on I usually check Rak’s kitchen before doing any web search. Thank you so much for making my cooking routine interesting and our everyday meal tastier. Beetroot Pulav looks mouthwatering!

  14. Wat a flavourful, gorgeous and very attractive pulao..

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  16. its a delciious pulav.. hv made it once.. yumm it looks

  17. hi raks anand,once really searching for receips in net and dat tym ly i got ur blog raks kitchen, n ur dishes r awesome actually iam newly married n iam trying new new receips by seeing ur blog n my hubby too loves it :-) and ur pictures are mouth watering and tempting n tastes r so good plese keep on posting new dishes.....

  18. wow so attractive and yum loving it

  19. wow such a yummy dish I would totally love to make this for my daughter so yummy

  20. super yummy. Color is also perfect

  21. Have tried this recipe today...came out very well...Thanks Raks..you always rock with new and different recipies...easy too...:-)

  22. Colorful and healthy pulao, am sure kids will love it

  23. Such a nice recipe. My son who hates beetroot, loves this pulao. Thank u so much for the wonder recipe.

  24. I made this pulao today and it was super yummy. Im not a fan of beetroot but i'll plan to do this atleast once a week. thanks for the recipe

  25. Hi mam.I tried out. It's taste was awesome. Shall I use seeraga samba rice? ? If so. .tell the rice and water measurements. ...because I don't know the water measurements.

    1. I too have not cooked Jeeraga samba so far. So try same measurements and see.


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