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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Brown Rice Pulao

Its 'World Health Day' today on the 7th of April. Time to get a clear perspective on our health and eating habits. So let us all take a pledge on this day to eat right and eat healthy.

Nothing more apt than a brown rice dish enriched with lots of vegetables and packed with soya protein for lunch/dinner on this day. I had this packet of brown rice lying around for sometime and I was reluctant to use it. When I finally prepare the pulao, it tasted better than what I imagined. Just give it a try if you haven't and you will not regret it!!

Read on for the easy recipe -

Preparation Time - 25 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cup mixed vegetables ( carrots, cauliflower, green peas, french beans, potaoes, onions )
  • a handful of soya chunks
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp ghee (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/5 tsp garam masala
  • a bit of star anise
  • strand of mace
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • 1/3 tsp chilli powder
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Soak the soya chunks in boiling water for 15-20 mins. Squeeze out the water and wash 2-3 times in fresh water.

Soak the brown rice separately in warm water for 1 hour.

Cooking - Heat 1 1/2 tsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add all the vegetables and soya chunks. Fry on medium high flame for 5-6 mins. Remove and keep aside.

Add the remaining oil into the same cooker. Add the cumin seeds and whole spices (except nutmeg). Fry for 10-12 seconds.

Add the washed and drained brown rice. Fry for 3-4 minutes.

Add 2 1/4 cups boiling water to the cooker. Add the fried vegetables, soya chunks, chilli powder, coriander, garam masala, salt and turmeric. Mix well.

Drizzle the ghee and nutmeg powder on over the contents of the cooker. Close the lid and cook for 2-3 whistles or till done.

Allow steam to escape before opening lid.

Serve hot with some cooling raita and onion slices.


  1. wht is brown rice called in odia ?

    1. Hi Sanjog, we have great equivalent of brown rice in Odisha. It is called 'Dhenkti kuta chaula'. Though it is not easily available, you can find it shops that sell village/tribal products.


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