4.0/5 rating (15 votes)

Vegetable Pilau

Mixed Vegetable Rice

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 4
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 20 mins
Vegetable Pilau

A lovely all in one rice pilau, fragranced with whole spices and cooked with the vegetables of your choice.

Hari says

We Indians love our rice and we treat each grain with respect. I was always taught never to waste food and I can remember my mum telling me that without rice (meaning food) we would have nothing. This is something that has stayed with me and is something that can annoy my friends as I will not throw any food out. I think it's important and a trait I'm desperately trying to instil in my children. This is just one of many rice dishes I will be adding to the site - don't be afraid of the spice list its not a difficult dish to prepare.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 50g peas
  • 1 carrot (diced small)
  • 100g mixed vegetables - mushrooms, cauliflower, sweetcorn etc


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5cm stick cassia bark
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cardamoms
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 black cardamom
  • Handful of mint leaves, chopped
  • Handful of coriander, chopped


  • 250g basmati rice, washed
  • 500ml water

Saffron Milk

  • 2 pinches of saffron threads
  • 5 tbsp of milk or warm water


  1. Wash the rice until water runs clear and set to one side.
  2. In a small bowl add the saffron strands and pour in a splash milk. Leave the saffron to steep.
  3. Heat the oil and add the bay leaves, cassia bark, peppercorns, cumin seeds, cardamoms, black cardamom, cloves and stir-fry for 2 minutes until the spices become aromatic.
  4. Add chopped onions and cook until soft. Stir in the salt and cook until the onion just begin to turn golden then stir in the ginger, garlic, green chilli, mint and coriander leaves.
  5. Add the mixed vegetables. Stir to coat and cook for a few minutes.
  6. Add the washed rice and stir through very gently. Add the water and bring to the boil.
  7. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and place the lid on the pan and leave to cook for 10 minutes. Splash the saffron milk on the rice and leave the lid on the pan for a few more minutes.
  8. Remove the lid and fork through the rice and serve.

Served with

Great as a pack lunch dish, but also a lovely way to jazz up a rice dish.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)0.9
of which saturates (g)0.1
Carbohydrates (g)30
of which sugars (g)2.3
Fibre (g)0.8
Protein (g)4.4
Salt (mg)0.89
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

Useful equipment

Go to the shop

This goes well with

You may also like to try

Share this

“ Thank you for printing this recipe for my delicious Vegetable Pilau ”


Comments (2)

  • Paul


    27 February 2016 at 04:06 |
    I have been looking for ages for a proper pilau rice recipe and have finally found one. Being English we don't get much in the way of spicy food on the menu so I love it. It makes a change from sausage egg chips and baked beans from the Cafe. Cheers Hari.


    • Jeremy Kamaluddin

      Jeremy Kamaluddin

      27 February 2016 at 12:53 |
      Hi Paul glad you found the site and a recipe you were hunting for. Let me know how it turns out and if you try any other dishes. Thanks for commenting.


Leave a comment

You are commenting as guest.

By providing your email address you are allowing Hari Ghotra LTD to send you email communications in accordance with our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions.

“ Don’t forget you can stay up-to-date with all my latest recipes by following me on Facebook, Twitter, Google and Pinterest or by subscribing to my YouTube channel ”
Hari Ghotra