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Xacuti Masala Veg Pulav with Brown Rice | Gluten Free, Vegan One Pot meal

Having bookmarked Valli’s recipe for Xacuti masala spice powder, I made a simple veg pulav with this spice mix and Brown Rice for the kids on a weekday dinner. The aroma of the Goan masala powder was terrific and I am sure to make this in a slightly more quantity and store for making the curry masala. This Pulav comes together in less than 15 mins with prep work done the previous night and can easily be cooked even on a weekday rushed morning for the school / office lunchbox. Let’s get straight to the recipe. 


If you are following the month long Blogging Marathon, we have been blogging dishes A-Z. So far the journey has been immensely satisfying to me and I would have never gotten this far without the camaraderie that this blogging group offers.

A quick recap of the dishes so far on this marathon:


Achari Methi Chole Pulao


Brocolli Veg Pulao


Cabbage Khichdi (with millets)


Dalia Bisibelebhath (no onion, no garlic)


Elakkai Badam Paal Rava Kesari


Fried Rice (Veg)


Gatte ka Pulao


Hara Pulav


Iyengar Chakkara pongal with Brown Rice


Jalapeno Mexican Fried Rice


Karivepaaku Mamidiyakaya Chitrannam


Little Millet Pongal (Samai Pongal)


Moong aur Sama ki Chaashwali Khichdi


Navratan Pulao


Oats Masala Khichdi


Palak Brown Rice Khichdi


Qabooli Veg Biryani


Rava Kichadi


Sabudana Khichdi with veggies


Tehri (Veg Tehri)


Uluva Chaaru Biryani


Varagu Upma


Walnut Broccoli Rice with Sesame


Xacuti Masala Veg Pulav

Prep time – 15 mins, Cook time (excluding soak time) – 15 mins, serves – 2

What you need:

Brown Basmati Rice – 1/2 cup

Xacuti Masala – 1 TBSP (recipe soon!)

Veggies – Potato 1 medium, carrot 1, french beans 4-5 – cut into thick batons

Salt – to taste

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp 

Whole spices – bay leaf 1, black cardamom 1

Mint leaves – few

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Onion – 1 medium (sliced thin) 

Oil – 2 tsp



How to:

Wash and soak Basmati Rice for 60 mins at least. In the meanwhile, prep the veggies and make the Xacuti masala (a small fresh batch works best here)

In a thick bottomed pressure pan, add oil and the whole spices, add the onions , salt and  ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell disappears and the onions brown a bit. Add half of the mint leaves now and the veggies. Mix well. Add the Xacuti masala and the red chilli powder and let the masala coat the veggies thoroughly. Wait till the oil separates a bit, about 2-3 mins. Add 1-2 TBSP water at this time. As we are not adding tomatoes or any liquid, there are chances the pan could be scorched a bit.

Add the rice and mix well. Add the rest of the mint leaves, 1 cup + 2 TBSP of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Once the pressure drops on its own, fluff up. Adjust salt and spices.  Serve with any raita of your choice. 

We ate this with Onion Raita

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  1. vaishali sabnani

    Sure the Xacuti is a winner ! With so many recipes with this spice blend I am tempted to try one soon . The aroma of the spices must have filled the house :))

  2. Suma Gandlur

    Even though xacuti masala seems to be the star of the day, each rice dish seems to be unique in it's own way. Your version sounds flavorful and looks very inviting.

  3. Xacuti masala sounds delicious, the dish must have been so nice and flavorful.

  4. Harini R

    Xacuti is the winner for X, right? But each person has done it with a different flavor.

  5. Gayathri Kumar

    Xacuti is such a flavourful spice blend. It would add such deliciousness to the pulao. Today's xacuti recipes are so interesting.

  6. CookwithRenu

    The Pulao looks so flavourful and delicious with all that yummy spices.

  7. Sharmila Kingsly

    Yummy and delicious pulao with xacuti masala..this recipe is a winner for d day..

  8. Srividhya

    What will we do for X without xacuti masala??? lol, love your version with brown rice. Yummm

  9. Xacuti Pulao/Biryani ruled the day today. Looks so flavourful… will like to try this some day.

  10. Sujata Roy

    Pulao sounds like biryani. Loved this aromatic and delicious rice.

  11. Mayuri Patel

    Xacuti Masala Pulao, now that sounds so delicious. Usually the masala is used for the famous xacuti curry but love how you’ve used it for a pulao. A good idea for a different kind of pulao to prepare over the weekend.

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