BM #99 Day 8 - 

For today's letter, H, we have Hara Bhara Pulao. I tried using all the green vegetables I have in my refrigerator. Feel free to use any other greens of your choice. But the spices and the green paste makes it extra special.

We loved the spice blend and the flavor it imparted to the rice.

Ingredients - 
Basmati Rice 1 1/2 cups
Peas, Green Beans, Edamame 2 cups
Salt as needed
Seasoning (Ghee / Oil 2 Tbsp, Cumin Seeds 1 tsp, Cashews few)
Ginger and Garlic paste
Lime/Lemon Juice as needed
Green Paste - 
Coriander leaves 3/4 cup
Mint leaves few (Optional)
Green chilies 1-2
Spice Blend - 
Cloves 5
Cinnamon 1 inch piece
Peppercorns 6-7
Japatri 1 cm piece
Badi Elaichi Seeds pinch (taken from 1 badi elaichi)
Coriander seeds 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp

Method Of Preparation -

Prep work -
1. Wash and soak the Basmati rice for 20-30 minutes.
2. Make a paste of coriander leaves, mint leaves and green chilies.
3. Coarsely blend the spices listed under 'Spice Blend'.

Power the Instant Pot, making sure the inner pot is in place. Set it to 'Saute' mode.

Once it indicates that the pot is hot, add ghee, cashews and cumin seeds.

After the cashews are golden brown, add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few seconds.

Add the spice blend from step 3. Saute for a few seconds. Add in the vegetables, green paste from step 2. Saute for a couple minutes.

Drain the soaked Basmati rice and add it to the simmering masala. Add about 2 cups of water and salt as needed.

Put the Instant Pot lid on. Cancel the 'Saute' mode. Set it to 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook' mode for 4 minutes.

Quick Release the pressure after 10 minutes, fluff with a fork and serve warm with raitha of your choice.


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Preparation Time 20 minutes + Cooking Time 20 minutes
Serves 3-4


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. That hara bhara pulao is loaded with flavors and nutrition. It looks so vibrant and makes a quick one pot meal.

  3. Wonderful ! The rice is packed with greens which makes them so healthy - and I like that spice blend it will add a lot of flavour to the rice . Wonderful pick !

  4. Kalyani Says:
  5. we both posted "Hara" wala pulao with slight variations.. this quick one pot meal is so fillign and nutrtious and great as a lunch box stuff to feed the kids with a lot of greens ! thanks :)

  6. I always stock this green paste in fridge, so it becomes so easy while making pulao. It adds such a nice flavour to the rice. Your version looks super inviting.

  7. sushma Says:
  8. Hara Bhara pulao looks too good.

  9. Srividhya Says:
  10. That's one versatile green paste that comes in handy. Love this Instant Pot version of the hara bhara pulao.

  11. Srivalli Says:
  12. wow such a protein packed pulao Harini, very healthy!

  13. This is really a good find... Lovely flavorful pulao..

  14. Pavani Says:
  15. The pulao looks delicious and rich! I love how healthy this is as it is packed with greens! Great share

  16. cookwithrenu Says:
  17. The hara bhara pulao looks lipsmacking delicious. Love the garnish and the tempting pic.

  18. Swati Says:
  19. I too made almost a similar version of Pulao for letter D with dhaniya puree.. A healthy and wholesome option that goes well with any raita or tomato based curries.

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