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Udupi Vegetable Pulao

Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: karnataka
Servings: 4 serving


  • 2 cups Basmati Rice water - soaked in cold for at least 30 minutes
  • 1 Onion - medium, thinly sliced
  • 1 Carrot - small, diced
  • 1 cup Cabbage - chopped
  • ½ cup Green beans - chopped
  • ½ cup Green Peas
  • 1 Tomato - medium, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Cashews
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 3 tbsps Cilantro - chopped
  • 3 tbsps Mint - chopped
  • to taste Salt

For the Masala/ Spice Paste:

  • ½ cup Coconut Fresh - grated
  • 1 tsp Chili powder Red - or more, adjust as per taste
  • 1 tsp Coriander Ground powder
  • 1 Ginger "
  • 3 ~ 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Cinnamon " Stick
  • 2 pods Cardamom
  • 3 Cloves

For Tempering:

  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Cinnamon " stick
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 pods Cardamom


  • Grind all the ingredients listed under 'Masala/ Spice paste' into a smooth paste using little water.
  • Heat 2tbsp oil + 1tbsp ghee in a large dutch oven or heavy bottomed pan; add the tempering ingredients. Once the spices are fragrant, add the onions and cashews; cook on medium flame until the onions start turning lightly browned around the edges.
  • Add the carrots, beans, cabbage and green peas. Cover and cook till the veggies are tender, about 10~12 minutes.
  • Next add the tomato and cook until it turns mushy.
  • Add the ground masala paste and cook till it doesn't smell raw anymore, about 3~4 minutes.
  • Drain water from the rice and add the rice to the veggies. Mix gently and cook for 2~3 minutes. Add the chopped cilantro and mint, mix well.
  • Now add coconut milk and about 2cups of water (adjust the water quantity depending on your rice). Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat to simmer, cover the pan and cook for 15~20 minutes or until the rice is tender. Leave it covered for 5~10 minutes before serving.
  • I served this Udupi pulao with Potato-Jackfruit seeds Kurma and simple onion raitha.


  • Other vegetables like diced potato, cauliflower florets, green pepper can also be added.
  • Skip coconut milk and use just water, if desired.


  • Cilantro and mint can be added to the spice paste itself instead of adding later. If you don't mind your pulao to be green, then go ahead and grind them up.
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 38.
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