Shahi Pulao

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Jul. 02, 2018

The presence of the word Shahi always hints at the richness of a recipe. Indeed, the Shahi Pulao is a dish that is loaded with spices, veggies and a horde of other ingredients, which give it a memorable flavour and texture. While an assortment of spices including saffron and caraway seeds gives this rice preparation a rich aroma, taste and hue, veggies, pineapple and paneer give it a wonderful range of textures. Pineapple also gives the dish a juicy tanginess, which you are sure to enjoy. Self-contained with myriad flavours, this one-dish meal can be served with just a bowl of curds or raita.


Cooked long grain rice 3 Cup (48 tbs) (chawal)
Saffron strands 1/4 Teaspoon (kesar)
Ghee 2 Tablespoon
Cloves 2 (laung / lavang)
Cinnamon sticks 2 (dalchini)
Cardamoms 3 (elaichi)
Caraway seeds 1/2 Teaspoon (shahjeera)
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon (jeera)
Finely chopped green chillies 1 Teaspoon
Bay leaf 1 (tejpatta)
Sliced onions 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Chilli powder 1 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon (haldi)
Paneer cubes 2 Tablespoon (cottage cheese)
Blanched cauliflower florets 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Boiled green peas 3/4 Cup (12 tbs)
Chopped canned pineapple 2 Tablespoon
Salt To Taste
For garnish:
Finely chopped coriander 2 Tablespoon (dhania)
Fried cashew nuts 1 Tablespoon (kaju)
Fried raisins 1 Tablespoon (kismis)



1. Combine the saffron and 1 tbsp of warm water in a small bowl, mix well and keep aside.


2. Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick pan, add the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, caraway seeds, cumin seeds, green chillies and bayleaf and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.

3. Add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes or till they turn light brown in colour.

4. Add the chilli powder, turmeric powder, paneer, cauliflower and green peas and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.

5. Add the pineapple, rice, saffron-water mixture and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.


6.Garnish with coriander, cashewnuts and raisins and serve immediately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 4