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Broccoli Veg Pulav | Vegan and GF dishes

My little one adores Broccoli and Pulav in all forms. So, one Sunday she asked very specifically for this pulav. Although I have made veg pulav in so many different variations, this dish made it very special as my little chef helped me dice the veggies (except the onions and garlic of course). 

Her little hands were all over the kitchen and I am so amazed that she’s grown up so fast, so soon I can see her as my sous chef frequently. She also loves to cook a mean salad (that will feature shortly) and as I see her poring over cookbooks and Amar Chitra Katha story books with equal gusto, I can only imagine how wonderful our lives can get as the kids grow up and take charge and I sacredly cherish these little blessings 🙂

This is a mildly spiced Pulav made specially for the kids , so you can choose to spice it up if serving to adults. 


Prep time – 20 mins, cook time – 20 mins, Serves – 2~3

You need:

Long grained basmati rice – 1 cup (240 ml)

Whole spices – Cinnamon 1/2 inch, star anise, 2 bay leaves, 2 cloves, 1 green cardamom

Salt – to taste

Oil – 2 tsp

Garam Masala – 1 tsp

Veggies : Broccoli, Peas, Carrot – 1 cup in all

To grind : 1 medium onion + 4 garlic cloves


How to:

Wash and soak rice for 15 mins, meanwhile chop all veggies.

In a blender, grind onions and garlic to a smooth paste.

Microwave veggies with a hint of salt for 6 mins till al dente.

Similarly microwave drained rice with the whole spices till done and fluffy.

In a pan, heat oil (or ghee+oil combo), saute the onion-garlic paste till nice and fragrant, add a tsp of garam masala, 1-2 TBSP of water and the veggies. Saute well for 1 min. Add the cooked rice and gently stir in the masalas. Serve hot with Onion-Cucumber Raita




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  1. Very interesting to know your kid loves Broccoli and Pulav. The rice looks so nicely done!

  2. Sowmya :)

    Your daughter is adorable Kalyani. So nice of her to pitch in. Love this pulao…with broccoli and garlic I can ask for little else. Yum!

  3. Very nice, we love broccoli. The pulao turned out very well.

  4. Suma Gandlur

    It feels extra special when kids request for a recipe and are raedy to pitch in. Hope the little one enjoyed the delicious meal.

  5. Gayathri Kumar

    It is such an amazing feeling when kids help in the kitchen and being bloggers, we surely influence them. Pulao with broccoli looks awesome.

  6. I agree that the little chefs at home are truly the little blessings of our lives. I would love to hear more stories of your little sous chef who helped you with this fantastic looking pulao.

  7. vaishali sabnani

    any help in the kitchen is always welcome , awesome if the tiny hands hey . For that matter I miss Juhi .
    Strange your lo likes broccoli unlike many other kids who hate it ! Super flavourful pulao .

  8. Sharmila Kingsly

    Lol.. So true.. I can compare with mine… Even i have a broccoli pulao in line to post..

  9. Srividhya

    Aww that's so sweet of your kid. 🙂 This is indeed a special pulav. I like the idea of grinding onion and garlic together. Good one.

  10. Broccoli is really healthy veg. Its really tough task to add this in diet. Love this rice recipe.

  11. Broccoli veg pulav looks very interesting and yummy! Thank you for sharing!

  12. CookwithRenu

    That is so nice that your little one is helping and is Keen on working along. And I loved her choice of veggies for the pulav. Looks delicious

  13. My younger too helps me in cooking.. especially when I bake.. I like how he takes interest in small small details.. I too had broccoli pulao for today, with mushrooms..Loved your simple broccoli pulao recipe.

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