Tandoori Pulao

Tandoori Pulao Recipe | How to Make Tandoori Vegetable Pulao | Easy Pulao Recipe

Tandoori Pulao recipe with step by step pictures. Easy to make vegetable pulao with a little twist. Make this tandoori vegetable pulao for lunch, pack it for picnics, kids lunch box or for parties.

Tandoori pulao is little different from regular vegetable pulao and it is more aromatic, flavorful and super delicious. I should say it’s a fusion of biryani and pulao where veggies are cooked separately and then mixed with the pulao.

Tandoori Pulao
Tandoori Pulao

For making tandoori pulao, first I marinated vegetables in yogurt and spices. Then I cooked them on pan with little oil till they were brown and crisp (like tikka). You can also grill them in oven. Then I cooked rice separately with caramelized onions and cashews. And just mixed them together while serving. Serve this tandoori vegetable pulao with raita, papad and chutney.

I like to make pulao when I am in hurry or do not want to cook much. You can also see the recipe of simple vegetable pulao, tawa pulao and coconut rice in the blog which I often make for lunch and dinner.

Tandoori Pulao
Tandoori Pulao

Steps to make Tandoori Pulao

1. Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes in water.

2. In the meanwhile take a mixing bowl take curd, turmeric powder, chilly powder, garam masala, kasoori meethi, ginger garlic paste, besan and salt. Mix them well.

3. Add paneer, capsicum, soya chunks ( boiled and drained) and mushrooms to yogurt mixture and mix gently.

4. Let the veggies marinade for 20 minutes.

5. After 20 minutes take a nonstick pan and heat 1 tbsp of oil and add marinated veggies.

6. Try to put them in single layer. Let them cook for few minutes then turn them over and add one more table spoon of oil.

Tandoori Pulao Recipe
Tandoori Pulao Recipe

7. Cook veggies from both sides till they are nicely roasted.

8. Once vegetables are roasted transfer them to a plate or bowl.

9. In the same pan add 2 tbsp of oil add cumin seeds, cardamom, cloves, dalchini (cinnamon).

10. Roast spices for few seconds and then add sliced onions and 1/2 tsp of sugar.

11. Cook till onions turn brown.

Tandoori Pulao Recipe
Tandoori Pulao Recipe

12. Now add strained rice, salt, dry mango powder, garam masala and drained rice and sauté for few minutes

13. Add 2 cups of water, mix well and take a boil.

14. Once the boil comes, reduce the heat and cover the pan and cook for 15-18 minutes for till rice is completely cooked.

15. Once you are ready to serve fluff the rice with fork and mix tandoori veggies in rice very gently.

Tandoori Pulao Recipe
Tandoori Pulao Recipe

16. Serve tandoori pulao hot with raita and pickle.

Tandoori pulao recipe is simple to do but it is very important here that rice should not be over cooked or mushy other wise pulao will not taste good. I normally use basmati rice to make this pulao as it gives nice aroma. I wash and soak the rice for 20 minutes before cooking. That way it comes out better. I used just the double amount of water than rice. You may need to add more or less water according to the quality of the rice you are using. Also I used sugar in caramelizing the onions which gives onions nice brown color.

Tandoori Pulao Detailed Recipe Card

Tandoori Pulao Recipe | How to Make Tandoori Vegetable Pulao | Easy Pulao Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • ----For marinade:
  • Thick yogurt or curd: 1 cup,
  • Red chilly powder: ½ tsp,
  • Turmeric powder: ½ tsp,
  • Garam masala: ½ tsp,
  • Kasoori methi: 1tbsp,
  • Fresh ginger garlic paste: 1 tbsp,
  • Gram flour or besan: 1 tbsp,
  • Salt,
  • Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Paneer cubes: ¾ cup,
  • Mushrooms: 7-8,
  • Capsicum or bell pepper cut in cubes: ½ tsp,
  • Soya chunks (boiled and strained): ¼ cup
  • ----For making pulao:
  • Preferable basmati Rice: 1 cup,
  • Onion: 1 small sliced,
  • Small cardamom or choti elaytchi: 2,
  • Cumin seeds: ½ tsp,
  • Cloves or laung: 2,
  • Cinnamon stick or dalchini: 1,
  • Garam masala: ½ tsp,
  • Amchur powder or dry mango powder: ½ tsp,
  • Sugar : ½ tsp,
  • Oil: 2tbsp,
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes in water.
  2. In the meanwhile take a mixing bowl take curd, turmeric powder, chilly powder, garam masala, kasoori meethi, ginger garlic paste, besan and salt. Mix them well.
  3. Add paneer, capsicum, soya chunks and mushrooms to yogurt mixture and mix gently.
  4. Let the veggies marinade for 20 minutes.
  5. After 20 minutes take a nonstick pan and heat 1 tbsp of oil and add marinated veggies.
  6. Try to put them in single layer. Let them cook for few minutes then turn them over and add one more table spoon of oil.
  7. Cook veggies from both sides till they are nicely roasted.
  8. Once vegetables are roasted transfer them to a plate or bowl.
  9. In the same pan add 2 tbsp of oil add cumin seeds, cardamom, cloves, dalchini (cinnamon).
  10. Roast spices for few seconds and then add sliced onions and ¼ tsp of sugar.
  11. Cook till onions turn brown.
  12. Now add strained rice, salt, dry mango powder, garam masala and drained rice and sauté for few minutes
  13. Add 2 cups of water, mix well and take a boil.
  14. Once the boil comes, reduce the heat and cover the pan and cook for 15-18 minutes for till rice is completely cooked.
  15. Once you are ready to serve fluff the rice with fork and mix tandoori veggies in rice very gently.
  16. Serve tandoori pulao hot with raita and pickle.
 

8 thoughts on “Tandoori Pulao Recipe | How to Make Tandoori Vegetable Pulao | Easy Pulao Recipe”

  1. I tried this recipe yesterday and it tasted awesome. My husband loved it :)

    Thank you Shilpi for this wonderful recipe.

  2. its my first time today that i came across your website..but to be honest i am already in love with the simplicity that you cook and present your dishes…gona definitely try your dishes soon….

    1. Thanks Chandni for your lovely words. I am so happy that you liked my work. Do try my recipes and I hope they come out well. If possible do share your experience.
      regards,
      Shilpi

  3. Shilpi ur receipes r awesome dear…tried egg biryani, rawa cutlets,rawa dhokla, pizza paratha n egg paratha dhaba style.. All the receipes came out so well,prepared as per ur instructions….My family loved eating them..A big thanku on behalf of them to u..I m a regular visitor of ur site n videos. Ur method of preparation is quiet simple n quick n all the more appreciating is u can make them from the regular stuff available in our kitchen.Keep posting new receipes.

    1. Thanks for writing wonderful feedback Madhavi. I am glad you liked and tried my recipes. Say my thanks for your family too. Keep visiting foods and flavors for more. Stay in touch.
      Love Shilpi

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