Dilkhush Pulao
Dilkhush Pulao, Onion-Tomato Raitha, Onion-Tomato-Lime slices and Sparkling Apple Cider
My sister-in-law passed on a bunch of cook books when we visited them last time. I never thought to look them up so far. But when Valli announced the cook from a book theme for BM 25, I took the opportunity to go through the books and pick what caught my eye. 

This pulao recipe comes from the book 'Swati Sakhahaara Vantalu'. Just as I thought, my husband and the older one just fell in love with it. My husband refused to even eat with some other accompaniment. He said raitha is just perfect and goes well the fruity pulao. So this makes a perfect entry for Day 2 week 4 of BM #25

Ingredients - 

Basmati Rice 1 1/2 cups 
Orange Juice, freshly squeezed 1 cup
Water 1 1/2 cups
Salt as needed
Red Chilly Powder 1/2 tsp (or as needed)
Onions, thinly sliced 1/2 cup
Seasoning (Ghee 2 Tbsp, Cloves 4-5, Cinnamon 2 inches, Cardamom 3-4)
Garnish - Roasted Cashews, Pineapple Chunks, Diced Apple and Seedless Grapes (I used raisins) as needed
Lime/Lemon Juice as needed (Optional)

Dilkhush Pulao

Method Of Preparation -

Soak the Basmati rice in water for about 10-15 min.

In a thick bottom pan, add ghee and the rest of the seasoning.  After the spices give out the aroma, add the sliced onions and saute till they are golden brown.

Drain the soaked rice and transfer the soaked rice into a rice cooker. [Instead of using the rice cooker, the pulao can be cooked in the same thick bottom pan used above.]

Add in the orange juice, water, salt, red chilli powder and the sauteed ingredients from the pan.

Cook until done and remove onto a serving platter. Garnish with cashews and all the fruits. Serve with any Gravy curry or Raitha of your choice.

Check the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#25.

Preparation Time 30 min
Serves 3
Posted by Harini R on Monday, February 25, 2013


  1. Akila Says:
  2. Oohhh so delicious n inviting
    Event: Dish name starts with Q till Feb 28th

  3. Earlier we used to follow many recipe from magazines whi8ch has taken over by various other means now a days...
    Yummy ...dilkush ho gaya :-)

  4. Rafeeda AR Says:
  5. sweet and crunchy pulao... :)

  6. Prathima Rao Says:
  7. Nice & sweet flavors!!! Mouthwatering..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. Ms.Chitchat Says:
  9. Delicious looking pulao, sounds tasty too, check my blog for gorgeous cup cake with frosting.


  10. divya Says:
  11. ahh....mouthwatering! Click makes it more tempting!!

  12. Wow ! Healthy rice...

  13. Srivalli Says:
  14. Awesome pictures Harini, Dilkush pulao always reminds me of the Nippo Rice cooker recipe that we always make...tastes excellent...though my husband doesn't like fruits, so had to stop making this..:(

  15. pulav looks delicious and yumm

  16. Wonderful recipe.. chala bagundi :D

  17. What a delicious combination of fruits and rice. Very interesting combo...

  18. Priya Suresh Says:
  19. This pulao reminds me the famous kashmiri pulao, sounds awesome and delicious inviting;

  20. going through one of my Indian cookbooks, I came across a pulao recipe with Orange juice and cinnamon and wasn't sure if I would like it. It sounded more like a dessert and it did not even have all the fruits like the one you have here. Now I am intrigued to maybe try it!

  21. sushma Says:
  22. Pulao looks awesome. Adding nuts and fruits gives a different taste to it.

  23. Unknown Says:
  24. Very much colourfull and flavourfull pulao.

  25. Pavani Says:
  26. I recently watched a telugu cooking show where the cook made pulao with fruits. She actually cooked the fruits too.
    Your version looks delicious. I'll try it for myself since the husband is not a big fan of savory sweet dishes.

  27. Sona Says:
  28. colorful and yummy pulao..

  29. Manju Says:
  30. Interesting cooking with orange juice and with fruit topping.

  31. mouthwatering pulao,looks delicious and sounds interesting...Bookmarked.

  32. orange juice in the pulao sounds so unique. Have never tried such a thing before. The pulao looks great actually

  33. Suma Gandlur Says:
  34. Very interesting one. I would gladly omit the onion and go with the fruit combination.
    And regarding the amount of cheese in the bread, my son mentioned that I could have gone with some more. :))

  35. Rajani S Says:
  36. From the name, I expected the bakery sweet bread dilkhush here :). But this pulao is something new for me. I have used tomato juice for pulaos, but never orange juice. Nice and new one for me!

  37. My husband would love this pulao. He likes the sweet and spicy flavors going on together. So delicious and lovely clicks !

  38. Unknown Says:
  39. pulao looks amazing!!! sweet and spicy together
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