Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Beetroot Pulao Recipe / Beetroot Peas Pulav

Beetroot Pulao Recipe
Beetroot Pulao is my friends recipe, I made it for todays lunch and paired it with a simple onion raita.My friend watsapped me this recipe, coincidentally one of my reader sent recipe for beetroot rice so thought to try pulao first then go ahead with rice to keep up the demand for beetroot recipes.I am sure those who hate beets will also have this pulao without any complaints, yes hubby who sighs seeing beets loved the pulao and gave a thumps up.This can best be suited for lunchbox for office goers and for kids do try this easy pulao.

Thank you Raji for the beautiful bowls and other gifts too :) I couldn't wait to click using them so chose a recipe today to suit these bowls ;)
Beetroot Pulao Recipe

Beetroot Pulao Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Beetroot - 3/4 cup finely chopped
Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Big onion - 1 small sized finely chopped
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
Channa Masala Powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Water - 1 and 1/2 cups
Coriander leaves - 1 tsp finely chopped
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Ghee - 1/2 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 1

To grind to a coarse paste:

Small Onion - 5
Green Chilli - 1


  1. Take a mixer and grind small onion and green chili to a coarse paste.I used 5 small onions which was big so halved them.Chop beets into small cubes, remove peas from shell rinse the veggies and keep aside.How to make capsicum rice - Step1
  2. In a pressure cooker heat oil + ghee - add cinaamon,cloves and cardamom, let it splutter then add ginger garlic paste , onion chilli paste.Fry till raw smell leaves.Saute in low flame for atleast 3mins.
    How to make capsicum rice - Step2
  3. Then add chopped onion and fry till it turns transparent.Then add chana masala powder, garam masala powder and turmeric powder.Fry the masala well for 5mins.
    How to make capsicum rice - Step2
  4. Then add beetroot and peas and saute in low flame for 2mins.Add required salt.I soaked rice for 30mins.
    How to make capsicum rice - Step3
  5. Drain water and add the rice and give a quick saute till the masalas are nicely coated with the rice.Then add water.
    How to make capsicum rice - Step4
  6. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.Once pressure releases fluff the rice and garnish with coriander leaves.
    How to make capsicum rice - Step4
Serve hot / warm!
Beetroot Pulao Recipe

My Notes:

  • Soaking rice helps in cooking faster and gives a nice fluffy texture.
  • You can even cook this pulao in pan, but adjust water accordingly.It may require atleast 2.5 cups of water.
  • Take care to add the spice powders only after the raw smell of onion garlic leaves.
  • This rice is very mild and less spicy.You can play with spice as you prefer.It depends on the sweetness of the beets.
  • Adding chana masala powder gives a extra flavour, but if you don't have it just go ahead only with garam masala powder.You can replace chana masala powder with pav bhaji masala powder.
Beetroot Pulao Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Hi mam i want to prepare cake but i dont know the process to preheat the oven.actually ours is ifb brnd 30 ltr micro this various degress are coming which one i should select for a simple cake process.
    Waiting for ur reply......
    To make a wonderful cake for my hubby....

    1. Preheating for each oven varies, you need to check your manual for the temperature

  2. Awesome clicks, perfect colour.... first photo semma Sharmi... summer is back, and I am waiting for travel food series.....

  3. Wonderful recipe...u sure tempt everyone to try your recipes by your attractive pictures and neat presentation..great job....

  4. A very healthy n nutritious pulav. Love the colour.

  5. is small onion must for the grinding, does the taste differ if we use the regular ones

    1. It gives nice flavour to the pulao, but you can replace it with big onion too....

  6. Thanks a ton Sharmilee for posting this recipe . You have saved my life. My little angel is 2 years old and she is a picky eater ...she never used to like beetroot but when she ate this biryani she said yummy maama....oh my God i cannot tell you the expression of her face thanks a lot . Would you also tell me any other kids recipe with spinach in it....


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