One Pot Meals, Party ideas, Rice

Hara Pulav | Shahi Hara Pulav | GF and Vegan Dishes

Hara Pulav (or Green Pulav as we kids used to call it) was one of the first ever pulav versions that was taught time by amma and this is a South Indian version (or rather Bangalore version). 

Way back when I could eat a lot of pulav and my waistline still remained intact. Not anymore 🙂 Although, the family , and especially my little one loves it now.

This slightly spicy and flavourful pulav with a tantalising colour would make for a great party dish or potluck too. This is one of the few pulao recipes that doesn’t need any side dish as it’s super flavourful on its own, however if you want to jazz it up, plain yoghurt with some salad on the side will Make it complete lunch box meal 🙂 



Other varieties of Pulav (mostly Vegan and all of them GF) you may like on the blog:

Quick Tava Pulao

Simple Peas Pulao

Coconut Pulao

Kabuli Channa Pulao

Omani Mint and Walnut Pilaf

Brown Rice Veg Pulao

Achari Channa Methi Pulao

Broccoli Veg Pulav

Gatte ka Pulao

Without much ado, let’s start making this..

Shahi Hara Pulav – A rich and decadent Vegetarian Pulav – GF and Vegan 

Cuisine : Indian, Course : Mains / Sides ; Spice level – medium to spicy , Serves – 2 ~3

Prep time – 15 mins, Cook time – 15 mins

What you need:

Short grained rice / basmati – 1 cup

Salt – to taste 

Onion – 1 medium (sliced thin)

Mixed veggies – 1 cup (carrots / beans / cauliflower / potato/ peas – a combo of all this)

Oil – 2 tsp 

Spices – cardamom 2, bay leaf 2

To grind :

Fresh Coconut grated – 2/3 cup

Fresh coriander – 2 large handfuls

Fresh mint – 1 large handful

Cloves – 2 to 3

Cashews – 8 to 10

Green chillies (slightly blistered) 3-4 no

Saunf / fennel seeds – 3/4 tsp

Cinnamon – 1 inch

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 4 medium pods

Onion – 1 medium or 2 small

Khus khus – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 1 TBSP


How to:

Prep- sautĂ© all the ingredients except coconut in 1 TBSP oil one by one, switch off flame, add coconut and sautĂ© for 2 mins more. Cool and grind with minimal water. 

Wash and drain rice , keep aside. 

In a pressure cooker, add oil. SautĂ© the whole spices with onion. Add the paste and sautĂ© it well till raw smell disappears (on a low flame – about 8-9 mins) . Now add the veggies and sautĂ© again for 2 mins. Lastly add the rice and sautĂ© for 1 min

Add 2 cups of water. Let it come to slight boil. 

Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles and let the pressure come down on its own.fluff up the rice and serve hot as is or with a cup of chilled onion – cucumber raita / curd 



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  1. Suma Gandlur

    Loving this flavor loaded, pulao. My in -laws side of the family make a similar version of pea pulao but slightly different. I am going to try a sathvik version of this soon.

  2. Wow grinding both cilantro and mint – that would have infused a whole lot of flavors to this dish. I got try this soon. Great share.

  3. vaishali sabnani

    The spice and herb blend sounds super flavourful , it’s bound to make the rice delicious ! I am sure this blend would make a curry delicious too . Great pic !

  4. Gayathri Kumar

    That spice paste sounds wonderful Kalyani. The biryani must be so full of flavor and it looks so delicious too.

  5. The mint and coriander paste sounds delicious. Lots of fresh flavors.

  6. I have posted a similar pulao as well and loving the coriander-mint base to the pulao.

  7. This one surely tastes awesome, we make plain rice with same masala minus the veggies and we all love it!

  8. Sharmila Kingsly

    A healthy and colorful lunch box dish.. I make a similar kind of our boxes.. Love it..

  9. cookwithrenu

    I made a similar version but with quinoa. Would love to try your version with rice, as it looks quite tempting.

  10. I too make a similar version but without Coconut, which must have added a nutty taste to pulao. Kids also like this and add cashews also. A good option for kids lunchbox.

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