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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I bought a bunch of methi leaves when I went to shop at Mustafa and it was fresh, so too hard resist buying. I was thinking what else to make other than making methi thepla. Then made pulao in my own way and turned out easy yet very flavorful and makes a perfect lunch box recipe. Since I made only for us two, I made it in my non stick kadai itself. It was perfectly done and super easy. Sure to follow this method when I make this kind of pulaos.

Methi pulao recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 45 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 2


Basmati rice - 1 cup

Methi leaves - 1 cup

Green chillies - 2

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

Coriander powder - 3/4 tsp

Amchoor powder - 1/2 tsp

Salt - As needed

To temper

Ghee - 1 tblsp

Cinnamon - 1 inch piece

Cloves - 1

Cardamom - 1

Bay leaves - 1


  1. Soak the rice in warm water for atleast 30 mins. Heat a pressure cooker (I did in my non stick kadai itself) and add ghee, temper with the items under ‘To temper’ table. Add the cleaned methi leaves. 1-temper 
  2. Fry in medium flame until it shrinks in volume without changing its colour. Add green chillies, red chilli powder, coriander seeds powder, amchoor powder, salt and give a quick stir.2-fry
  3. Add water(1 & 1/2 cups) and bring to boil. Add the soaked rice and bring to boil again.3-add-water 
  4. Keep the flame in lowest possible and cook covered for 10 minutes or until the water is fully dried up.4-cook
  5. Stir only once in between, carefully for even cooking.5-cooked


    • Soaking in warm water is very important as it helps the rice to get cooked in short time and also helps in giving long grain.
    • Do not stir much after the rice gets cooked, just do it on between once for even cooking.
    • If you are cooking in pressure cooker, after the water boils, close the lid and cook in lowest flame for 10 mins. Or if whistle, use 2 cups water and let 2 whistles in medium flame.
    • If you don’t have amchoor powder, use 1 tsp lemon juice in place of it.
    • Do not chop the leaves as it may turn bitter while cooking.

Serve hot with any raita or dal or any gravies. I had simply with raita and pickle. It was great and flavorful.

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  1. Healthy and aromatic pulao....

  2. healthy, delicious pulao..

  3. This rice dish is beautiful! But what are methi leaves? I've never heard of them!!!

  4. Healthy pulao for the diabetic people

  5. This is an amazing way for feed the healthy methi to my family. Gonna add this to my 'must try' recipe list.
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  6. Looks simple and easy to make...Great pics Raji..

  7. Healthy ......n the luk is goddd....classic n royal...with tht color....thanks raks for another hit recipe.....

  8. Simple and healthy good

  9. I think they should launch some Cooking Classes so that people can learn their recipes perfectly and can prepare them at home also.

  10. Healthy and yummy looking pulao...love the clicks

  11. Superb!!!!!! Healthy and tasty. Love ur recipies!!


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