The ‘No Spit’ Vegetable Pulav

‘Thinnai pechu veenaa pochu’ goes a famous tamil saying . It means that all chitchat is a waste of time. I agree, but in one such  kind of gala chat I had with my friends back home,  we started  talking about food and it ended up like a recipe exchange workshop. I carried home this recipe , tried it and from then owned it in a special page of my recipe book. It is so rich in taste and perfect for a special occasion.

By the way, have you ever had the problem with the kids spitting the full mouth of rice just for a spicy chunk or for  a chilli peice? My  daughter does it and I try in all my preparations to include the spices in a form she takes it. For this reason, I like to call this as a ‘no spit’ vegetable pulav.

 Vegetables for pulav


Basmati rice – 1 and 1/2 cups

Coconut milk-1 and 1/2 cup

Water -1 and 1/2 cup

Oil –  1/2 cup

Butter-  2 tbsp

Bay leaf – 1 number

Pearl onion – 1 cup

Diced tomato-3/4 cup

Peeled and diced  potato- 1/2 cup

Diced carrots, beans, cauliflower florets, peas – each 1/2 cup

Cilantro-1/4 cup

Mint leaves- 10 leaves

Ingredients for masala 

To grind:

Cloves- 5 number

Poppy seeds- 1/2 tsp

Cardamom- 2 number

Cinnamon- 2 inch peice

Red chilli powder -1 tbsp

Coriander powder-1 tsp

Turmeric  powder- 2 pinches

Fennel seeds- 1/2  tsp

Green chilli- 2 number

Ginger-1 inch peice

Garlic-5 cloves

 Vegetable pulav with raita

Take the dry ingredients in the spice list and grind first. This is important when using poppy seeds. Add garlic, ginger and chilli then and grind to a fine paste.

In a big pressure cooker, heat oil and butter. When it is real hot, throw in the bay leaf and onions , saute well. When the onions turn transparent, add all the vegetable except tomato. Stir in for few minutes and add the masala. After a couple of minutes, throw in tomatoes and salt to wilt the tomatoes quickly. Add the cilantro and mint.

Work on slow heat, by that time wash  and soak the basmati rice. When the raw smell fades away, add the rice and stir slightly. Now add the coconut milk and water . Test the spice level and salt level. When the water comes to a boil, close the lid and cover the nozzle with a  stainless steel tumbler. Keep medium heat. Turn off the heat after 10 long minutes. Wait for a while  and  open the lid to fill your house with the spicy aroma. Smell, see and eat! Enjoy!

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25 thoughts on “The ‘No Spit’ Vegetable Pulav”

  1. Asha says:

    I am the first here too!:))
    I love the title,No spit!:D
    Pics are beautiful,and the recipe sounds great.Enjoy LA.Hugs!

  2. Menu Today says:

    Hi Lakshmi,
    I always prefer single dish. Your pulav looks awesome and I like the Raitha bowl. Thanks for sharing.

  3. swapna says:

    hi ammal
    recipe is looking different by adding red chilly powder..will try ur version rae beautiful

  4. usha says:

    I like the receipe very much, which milk i never tried,let me try for sure.

  5. Trupti says:

    What a great title! and,of course, I can totally relate to it!

    Nice recipe with coconut milk..thanks!

  6. maheswari says:

    Lakshmi….i am glas entha thinnai pecchu veena pohale..Mouthwatering pulav..will try this week itself..picture say it all…

  7. Lakshmik says:

    Lakshmi, very nice recipe. Your pulav is delicious.

  8. indosungod says:

    Lakshmi the pulav looks wonderful, My veg. pulav always tends to clump up, will try it your way soon.

  9. Meeta says:

    OHHH! This does look delish. I love the simplicity of a veg pulao but the mega taste you get out of it. I have never added coconut milk to my pulaos but it is a brilliant ideas.

  10. gmh says:

    Nice blog, I will come back and keep reading. Please take a look at mine, it’s about slow cooker recipes.

  11. Nandini says:

    I made this pulao yesterday and it was awesome! Thanks for the great recipe!

  12. lakshmiammal says:

    Thanks friends. By the cooker method I tried , you will never end up in a glumpy pulav.Do try and let me know. Also teh coconut milk gives a grand taste to the dish.

    Thanks for visiting gmh!Sure, will visit yours.

    I am happy that you liked it Nandini. It is my pleasure.

  13. terri says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I made this pulao and it came out very well. The masala was very fragrant and the flavors sit well even after a few days in the fridge. Thank you for posting.

  14. lakshmiammal says:

    Thanks dear Terri. I am happy you loved it!

  15. Akila Harish says:

    Hi Lakshmi

    The ‘No Spit’ pulao turns out perfect every time i make it. Its rather easy with the perfect set of directions that you have given.


  16. geetha says:

    The best that i ever tried. Thanks for sharing your recipe

  17. Twincats says:

    I tried your recipe with some modifications. It is simply AMAZING! My husband is Indian (I am not), and for once, I managed to impress him with my vegetable pulao :D. Thank you so much!

    (In the spirit of sharing, allow me to share you my modifications: I used yoghurt instead of coconut milk, replaced green cardamoms with 2 black cardamoms, added 1 tsp garam masala because I can’t grind the spices, and added about 1/4 cup of tamarind pulp. But the rest, I rely on your genial spices. I will definitely use your original recipe next time. Thank you, thank you!)

  18. RD says:

    hey lakshmi….

    Thanks for the fantastic recipe…. i bumped into the recipe today afternoon and guess wat it is ready here in front of me and it tastes yummy……

    It was fun preparing this recipe and wud be fun serving to the guests walking in today at my place….. Bye

  19. sathya says:

    I was searching for a veg rice recipe with coconut milk so long. Now i got it. Thanks..

  20. wilma says:

    I tried this recipie today and it was simply delicious……its the best pulav that i have ever made……pz let m know if u can gring pepper corns instead of chilli pwd…..

  21. Ramya says:

    Sounds Yummy & Looks Delicious!!!Must Give a Try Recipe!!

  22. Rosna says:

    hi…today i was searching for a veg pulav recipe..saw many varieties but i liked urs the most for appearance as well as taste..i tried it today..really delicious..thanks alot for sharing such a nice recipe..keep posting good dishes…all the best..

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  24. Alejandrina says:

    Excellent article. I am experiencing many of these issues as well.

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