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Jun 30, 2015

Aloo Pulao Recipe - Potato Pulav Recipe

Aloo pulao is a very simple dish which has a lovely aroma on pureed onions through out the rice..I make pulao differently each time and this is one of my favourite recipe. It is pretty mild and taste great with any spicy curries or raita..

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 35 to 40 mins
Serves : 4


Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Ghee - 2 tblspn
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Onion - 1 medium size sliced thinly
Tomatoes - 2 sliced thinly
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Potatoes - 2 peeled and cubed
Milk - 1 cup
Water - 2 cup
Coriander leaves a handful finely chopped
Salt to taste

For Masala:
Onion - 1 large peeled and chopped
Green Chillies - 5 to 6 or to taste
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tblspn
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tblspn
Cinnamon / Pattai - 4 cm piece


Soak basmati rice for 30 mins. Drain and set aside.

Take ingredients for masala and puree them. Set aside.

Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Add in cumin seeds and turmeric, crackle them.

Add in onions and fry till golden.

Add in tomatoes and cook till mushy.

Now add in the ground masala and cook till oil separates,

Add in potatoes and toss well. Add in rice and mix well.

Pour in milk and water. Season with salt and mix well.

Bring it to boil, Cover the cooker. Simmer the flame and cook on low heat for 15 mins. Turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. 

Open the cooker and fluff the rice, add in coriander leaves and mix well.


Take all your ingredients

First lets make the simple masala..T
ake one onion in a blender

add in few green chillies

add in ginger and garlic paste or
chopped ginger and garlic

add in fennel seeds and cinnamon

make it into a rough puree

Heat ghee in a pressure cooker or a normal pan..
Add in some cumin seeds

add a dash of turmeric powder

in goes some sliced onions

saute them 

fry them till golden

add in sliced tomatoes

cook that down

add in the masala

mix well

cook till oil separates and raw smell leaves from this

add in potatoes

toss well in the masala

add in the soaked drained rice

toss well

add in 1 cup of milk

and 2 cups of water

mix well

add little salt

bring it to a boil and cook covered on a very low
flame for 15 mins

ta da

you can drizzle little ghee on top and
add some coriander leaves



  1. I was looking for the recipe of Sarva Pindi and that led me to your delightful blog. I am a north indian married to a telanganite and I make most dishes from Telangana but somehow I did not make Sarva Pindi. Your recipe turned out very well and I managed to surprise my husband of twenty-nine years with a taste of his childhood favourite food.
    I read about you and your decision to quit your job for your passion. I can empathise with you. I was a bank manager for twenty-six years but took early retirement at the age of forty-nine to write books for children.
    My best wishes to you. God bless.

  2. Hi mam your recipes are awesome love them all. about this recipe i had doubt whether we must put whistle to pressure cooker???

  3. Should we compulsory add milk

  4. @TISHA ROYno whistle, just cook it for 15 mins on a very very low flame

  5. Hello,

    I wanted to know if you used the same 'cup' to measure rice and milk/water ? I always seem to have mushy basmati rice when I cook it in a cooker :(



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