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Navratan Pulao | How to make Navaratan Pulao

Navratan Pulao was one of the first dishes I listed down for this BM, and it didn’t change till I cooked it (although I did waver out thinking I would make Nasi Goreng with millets, but that didn’t happen). 

As mentioned during this Mega Marathon and earlier too, my little one loves pulao and I was very sure she would love this non-spicy Navratan pulao too ! and she did 🙂 and so did we all. The surprise was my elder one asking for a second helping as she’s not into pulao or any rice for that matter 🙂

PS – this is the FIRST ever video made exclusively by my elder one – full marks to her.. 🙂 I hope you would watch the video and encourage us (her!) to make more for the blog 🙂  

Like many more dishes on this blog, my dad introduced me to this while dining out during our monthly restaurant outing. We have had lovely memories of eating this (rather sweet-ish) pulao with some yummy vegetable gravy and Naan / Roti when North Indian food had started making its entry slowly but surely into Bangalore’s Udupi-dominated kitchens.

This is a rich and slightly time taking pulao, but the ingredients are simple and available everyday. Do make this for your next party / potluck. The seemingly easy pulao would surely be the star of the occasion. Pair this with any spicy gravy like Shahi Paneer Masala / Mughlai dish / Nargisi Kofta Curry (raita would not work well) and you have a winner  !


Prep time – 15 mins, Cook time – 20 mins, 

Serves – 3 generously.

What you need:

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Ghee – 2 tsp (divided use)

Saffron strands – few

Warm milk – 3 tsp

Nuts (all mixed 2 tsp) – Almonds sliced, raisins, cashewnuts

Apple (I used red delicious) – 1/2 (Cubed medium)

Onions – 2 large (divided use) – sliced thin

Ginger – 1 inch (pounded / grated)

Boiled and peeled potato cubes – 1/2 cup

Veggies (all 1 cup together) – carrots, beans, peas (may add cauliflower too)

Salt – to taste

Whole spices – black cardamom 1, bay leaf 1 or 2, cloves 2 or 3, whole black pepper 1/2 tsp, cinnamon 1 inch stick

Jeera / cumin – 1/2 tsp

Check out the video here and leave your valuable comments on the video too ! 


How to:

Wash and Soak Basmati rice for 15 mins. Soak the saffron in warm milk for 10 mins

Meanwhile, wash, chop and steam / microwave the veggies till al dente.

In a microwave proof dish, grease with little ghee, add the soaked rice, whole spices, 2 cups of warm water, 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of oil and cook till rice is 80% done (about 8 mins on 900W microwave). Once done , Fluff them and keep aside. 

In a non stick, add half he ghee, roast the nuts one by one till golden brown. Take it out with the slotted spoon. Simialrly saute the cubed apples and take it out. 

Now, add half the sliced onion, sprinkle some salt and saute the onions till they get brown and crisp (on a low flame, this should take 3-5 mins). Take the crispy onion slices out. SAute the steamed veggies for 2 mins along with the boiled potato slices till the potato is slightly crispy on the outer side. Remove from pan.  

In the same pan, add the remaining ghee, splutter jeera and the ginger. Add the remaining onions, salt and  fry till they turn translucent . Now add sautéed veggies, sauteed apples, half of the nuts, cooked rice and mix well without breaking the grains. 

Add the saffron milk and gently toss. Adjust spice and salt. 

Top with remaining nuts, crisped onions and serve warm. 


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  1. Suma Gandlur

    I thought the kid loves rice dishes since she made the fried rice the other day. Guess she is like mine.????
    This pulao is on my list to try later. Going by my Kashmiri pulao experience, I can imagine this to be a lovely preparation.
    I was reading your post on my tablet and the video link is not working because of it. Will come back later and check it on laptop.

  2. vaishali sabnani

    Navratan pulao is a rich exotic pulao ! Since the video link was here I jumped on it ! Super Kalyani ! It surely makes things simpler . The pulao looks amazing and I am
    Sure tasted awesome .
    Kudos on your first video !

  3. Navratan pulao looks amazingly delicious. Rich and exotic dish.

  4. i saw the video Kalyani. Awesome first attempt. Kudos to your kiddo. Wonderful pulao made extra special with the kiddo's involvement.

  5. Sharmila Kingsly

    Looks absolutely delicious with so many spices..loved it..

  6. Gayathri Kumar

    This is one absolutely delicious pulao. And as it is mildly spiced, kids would love this. When I made it, my daughter loved it so much. The video is good Kalyani.

  7. The rice has surely turned out great. Congrats on the first video, it has come very well. Making it full view/screen would have made it close to sight.

  8. Delicious pulao. Just one suggestion for the video. Try the landscape mode instead of potrait especially if you are posting it on youtube. This mode works perfect for IG stories + IG TV.
    Good luck and hope to see more videos.

  9. cookwithrenu

    Wow, The Navratna pulao looks simly yum. Such a beautiful click Kalyani, I am drooling over the pic.

  10. This looks so inviting..congratulations for your first video , it has really come out very nice. hope to see more of your videos.

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