September 30, 2021

Coconut Veg Pulao | Coconut Pulav - Pressure cooker method

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 Anyone who follows my blog regularly will for sure know my love for pulaos and the many variations I have tried and posted on my blog .

You all may laugh if I say , I prefer pulao over biryani . I feel pulao is mildly spiced and does not have over powering spices and flavors as is the case with Biryani. I always prefer mild seasoning and spices as part of my meal and that is what suits my palate too .

Today's coconut veg pulao was my mom's speciality and she would make it quite frequently at home . The addition of coconut paste with corriander, mint and few other spices adds a natural creamy and sweet taste to the pulao.  Adding veggies and corn makes it a full meal and can be easily packed for lunch or pot lucks . 

This coconut veg pulao comes handy and is sumptuous to make a full meal by itself on  days when  you are pressed for time and unable to prepare a full fledged meal . I normally pair it with some Ginger Raita or Boondi Raita and some chips for the crunchy element.  

This coconut veg pulao is saatvik which means Onion and Garlic are not used in the recipe ,hence this can be prepared and served on festive days too .

This month we are exploring varities of Biryanis and Pulaos suggested by Swaty in our food group "Shhh cooking secretly challenge" . Swaty has an amazing collection of Pulaos on her blog and this Jodhpuri Pulao in particular has drawn my attention to bookmarking it to make it soon.

I was paired with the talented and super cool Shobha aunty of Shoba's food Maaza for this month theme and we exchanged our secret ingredients and came up with exotic recipes. My secret ingredients to aunty were green chillies and Biryani Masala while she gave me fresh coconut and ghee.
Aunty has prepared a yummy Chole Pulao from Sindhi Cuisine which is so  very inviting and I am waiting to try it soon.

Some more Pulao varieties on my blog for you all to try 

Moti Pulao

Masala Peas Pulao

Chutney Pulao

Aloo Mutter Pulao 

Rajma Pulao

Channa Pulao

Preparation Time - 15 mins
Cooking Time - 20 mins
Complexity - Medium
Serves - 2 to 3 


Assorted Vegetables chopped in to small cubes ( beans , carrot, fresh corn, peas )
2 cups rice
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp ghee
fresh corriander for garnish
handful of cashewnuts
salt as needed
pinch of sugar
2 tsp lime juice
2 tsp biryani / pulao masala

whole spices  
small stick Cinnamon,
2 cardamoms
1 tsp jeera 
3 cloves
2 bay leaves

To grind

1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
2 green chillies
few mint leaves
handful fresh corriander
small piece of ginger
1/4 tsp saunf/fennel seeds

** skip carrot and ginger for Jain version
**skip ghee for vegan version


  • Wash the rice and soak it for 10 mins in water and then drain it through a colander and keep aside.
  • Take all the ingredients mentioned under the To Grind section and grind to a fine paste with sufficient water.
  • In a pressure pan or pressure cooker, heat the oil and ghee and splutter all the whole spices one by one on very low flame until you get a fragrant aroma.
  • Saute all the chopped veggies with a little salt , turmeric and then add the ground coconut paste with 1/2 cup water along with the biryani masala and let the masala cook for 3 to 4 mins.
  • Depending on the variety of rice you have taken add the water ( If basmati then for 1 cup rice add 1.5 cups water) . I used 4.5 cups water for the quantity of rice I took . I used thin grained Sona Masuri rice for making the Pulao.
  • Let the water boil nicely , adjust salt and spices at this stage. Add the drained rice to this boiling water with pinch of sugar and 2 tsp lime juice ,mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.
  • Let the pressure release naturally . Open the lid and fluff the rice with fork taking care not to break the rice .
  • Garnish with fresh corriander and roasted cashew nuts just before serving.


  1. Coconut pulav makes a tasty and easy to make meal for us. This is ideal for the festive days too. Nice one.

  2. Using a paste of coconut instead of grated coconut must have heightened the flavors in the pulao. This is a sure shot winner recipe. Since it's Satvik, it's a cherry on the cake.

  3. I add very little coconut to only a 1-2 pulao. I would love to try this version and without onion and garlic this is awesome

  4. Love the sound of this coconut pulav! The assorted veggies, biryani masala and coconut paste must have made it so very flavourful. Will definitely try this out soon. 😊

  5. Vegetable pulao with the addition of coconut sounds interesting. Imust try this recipe as we love all coconut based dishes at home. Looks so tasty.

  6. Coconut Veg Pulao, wow, that must be so flavourful and delicious. I love adding coconut milk to rice but have yet to try a rice dish with coconut paste. With mint and saunf, my mouth is already watering.

  7. I North India we don't use coconut in traditional pulao, but your coconut pulao looks and sounds so flavourful and yumm will love to try it soon. I have gradually started experimenting with coconut in various dishes and my family is not started liking the taste. I am sure they will love it too..will try and let you know.

  8. Vegetable pulao with coconut flavors sounds absolutely flavorful and aromatic. I love coconut flavors in my dishes and I am sure this pulao would be a hit at my place.

  9. Coconut pulao looks so flavorful. I have tried adding coconut milk but not coconut paste. Would definitely like to try this version.

  10. Coconut veg pulao looks very inviting with perfect texture. Coconut nd fennel seeds paste adds extra flavour and good taste to rice.

  11. I love coconut in any dish. This coconut veg pulao looks so flavorful and absolutely delicious. Coconut and mint are a great combo. Can't wait to try.

  12. Coconut Pulao is so flavourful and delicious. We make it with the same way at home. Typical karnataka style Pulao. Delicious and filling meal.

  13. I have made this couple of times and it comes out tasty. Liked your detailed, step-by-step recipe.

  14. My mother in law makes this version of pulao she learnt in Udupi. it is one of the most tasty recipe for sure.

  15. Amma too used to make this on sundays - we used to call it Green pulav , she used to add few curry leaves too to the coconut mix with the pudina + kothamalli and it used to looks so green :-)

  16. Coconut pulao looks interesting. with those freshly grounded spices, I am sure this pulao is so flavorful and delicious. Would love to try it out sometime

  17. Coconut pulao looks so delicious and awesome priya !So easy and quick to make also..
    Love to make for the festive time ...

  18. What an interesting pulao! The addition of the ground coconut paste makes it absolutely fantastic. I would really love to try this when I am in a little lazy mood...


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