February 4, 2015

Achaari Pulav | Spiced Vegetarian One Pot meal

A quick to make, yet filling meal for bachelors and those living alone . My cousin Priya taught me this , and thanks to her, we all enjoyed it. She has a wonderful blog - Sweet spicy tasty where she shares her homemade vegetarian food... 

I made this dish once with onions and garlic and once without. We liked both versions.  Do add onions if you prefer. If you have a rice cooker, this can be made for a weekend meal within 20-25 mins if you are prepped a bit. So enjoy this with plain curd or a onion / cucumber raita. 

Sending this to Day 2 of Bachelor / cooking for one recipes for BM#49 and also to my new bi-monthly event – “Family cooks”, where I share recipes from family & close friends (who are sometimes more than family)

Achaari Pulav – a one pot meal with vegetables and a pickle base.
Prep time - 15 mins , cook time - 15 mins , serves - 4
Course - Indian, Course : Mains / Rice variant. 
Serving suggestions : Raita / curd and papad

Ingredients: (Am repeating verbatim the recipe that my cousin gave me).
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 2-3 carrots
  • Beans,capsicum (your choice:optional)
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peas
  • 2 tbsp Mango Pickle /aam ka achaar
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste (optional)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • handful of cashew nuts (optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds /jeera
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • fresh chopped coriander
  • salt - to taste

  1. Wash and drain the rice for about 15 mins
  2. Keep 2 cups of water to boil.
  3. Chop the potatoes,carrots  lengthwise.Blend the mango pickle in a blender into a coarse paste and keep aside.In a pressure cooker,heat the oil,crackle the cumin seeds,.
  4. Add the ginger garlic paste,turmeric and saute until the raw flavor is lost.Add in ground pickle paste and saute well and let it cook for 2 mins.
  5. Slowly add in all the vegetables and mix well and cook for few minutes till the pickle coats the veggies well.Adjust salt and spice level as per taste.Add the rice mix well and pour in the boiling water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  6. Let the pressure subside naturally and then after releasing fluff the rice with a fork.
  7. Garnish with roasted cashewnuts and corriander and serve hot with raita of your choice.


  1. Achari pulav looks so tempting ,good choice for the theme.

  2. Easy to cook Pulao for Bachelors, even for us during those lazy days. Looks great Kalyani.

  3. That's a quick one Kalyani and nice knowing your cousin as well!

  4. delicious and yummy pulao...

  5. This is awesome! I am bookmarking the recipe :)

  6. Very interesting pulao with pickle in there. I was wondering if we can use the typical Andhra Avakaya in there.

    1. Yes Harini ! It tastes awesome when made wit aavakaya

  7. Achari pulav sounds interesting. Never thought about this combo

  8. My kind of pulao, i can happily finish that plate in no time.

  9. This must have tasted really yummy.

  10. Unique recipe. Superb. Sounds delicious.

    -- thelady8home.com

  11. Wow mango pickle, avakaya, used in a rice dish. Now that is something I would love. Bookmarked to try real real soon :-) thanks to you and your cousin for the recipe.

  12. That is one interesting and quick pulao.


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