Beans & Vegetable Pulao



For the second day of this mega marathon, I have this easy and tasty beans pulao full of protein and vegetables to boot. It is my constant endeavor to feed my family all the different types of beans and lentils. So I keep sneaking them in whatever dishes I can. This beans pulao is cooked in vegetable stock which adds a lovely flavour to it. You can omit it and cook it in just water but you would totally miss it.

The main difference between a pulao and a biryani is that in a pulao all the elements are cooked together and it is nearly a one pot meal whereas the different elements of biryani are cooked separately and then layered and ‘dum cooked. Pulaos, like this beans pulao, are definitely easy to make for weeknight dinners because they are wholesome and delicious and the choices are immense.

For other similar recipes you can check out – Millets Khichadi, Bisibele Bhath and Chimichurri Rice


Serves 3-4


1 cup Rice

3 tbsp Kashmiri beans / red beans

2 tbsp One eyed peas

1 tbsp Oil

1 Onion, medium size, finely chopped

2 tsp Ginger garlic paste

2 Carrots, small, finely chopped

8-10 French beans, finely chopped

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds

3-4 Cloves

1″ Cinnamon stick

1 Bay leaf

2 1/2-3 cups Vegetable stock or Water



Fresh coriander to garnish


  • Soak the kashmiri beans and one eyed peas in sufficient water and set aside for 4-5 hours or overnight
  • Drain the water and pressure cook the beans in 2 times water for 2 whistles
  • Heat a pan and add oil
  • Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf
  • Add the onion and fry till it is translucent
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell is gone
  • If you are using water instead of vegetable stock to cook then add 3 tsp of ginger garlic paste
  • Throw in the carrots and french beans and fry for 2 minutes
  • Add the cooked kashmiri beans and one eyed peas and mix well
  • Pour the vegetable stock or water and add the rice and salt
  • Cover and cook for 8-9 minutes on medium heat
  • Check to see if the rice is cooked, else cook for another 3-4 minutes
  • Add some more water or stock if needed
  • Turn off the heat and garnish with some fresh coriander
  • Serve hot with any raita of your choice


  1. You can use either basmati rice or regular raw rice. This dish works well either ways
  2. You can replace the beans with any beans or peas of your choice
  3. You can add other vegetables like corn, baby corn, capsicum, etc.
  4. I haven’t added any chillies but you can add 1-2 green chillies along with the onions


This is my dish for the Biryani / Pulao / Khichadi Festival under the alphabet ‘B’


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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Renu Agrawal Dongre says:

    I would call this a one pot protein rich meal. A good way to feed some beans to the dussy eaters.

  2. Srivalli Jetti says:

    This one is surely a different one Sowmya, looks so inviting..protein packed and so healthy!

  3. Suma Gandlur says:

    This pulao sounds different and is a nutritious and filling one.

  4. Very nice and protine rich pulao with beans. Good one

  5. Kalyani says:

    its strange (and nice) to see something apart from breads on your blog (not that I dont miss them :p).. this weekday dinner idea with rajma / similar beans would make a very flavourful meal , sowmya !

  6. That is such a fabulous platter Sowmya. Love your version of beans pulao. Looks wonderful.

  7. harini says:

    A very interesting variation of pulaos, Sowmya. Love the additions of rajma and black eyes peas.

  8. By Kashmiri beans you mean Rajma , right ? I love Rajma Chawal and have made Biryanis with it which we love . Would love to try this variation , looks absolutely fantastic .

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      This looks similar to rajma but is smaller in size Vaishali.

  9. Yummy pulao and love the way you have served.. Very inviting!!

  10. These days, I make all the biryanis as pulav too. This one with veggie stocks sounds very flavorful.

  11. Preeti says:

    Addition of vegetables in rice makes tasty and plus good way to add vegetables in kids diet.

  12. Pavani says:

    Love this healthy and protein packed Pulao! Great way to add veggies in the kids diet, thank you for sharing!

  13. FoodTrails says:

    A protein rich one pot meal perfect for a quick and nutritious lunch or dinner.

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