Aromatic Peas and Carrot Pilaf for one

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is my very own, 100% original recipe for an authentic Indian "pulao". The word "pilaf" is distortion of the word "pulao" which simply means a rice dish cooked with veggies and spices. This tastes great with a spicy raita, or with plain yogurt. Using margarine makes this a vegan.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the rice well; drain.
  2. Melt butter/margarine/ghee in a saucepan over low to medium heat.
  3. Saute garlic paste/powder/minced garlic in butter for about 15 seconds, then add the chopped onions and saute until browned, about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add the rice, cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and cloves to the onion-garlic mixture and saute for 10-15 minutes or until the rice is evenly browned.
  5. Now add carrots, peas, salt, and water, stir, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook, without stirring, until the rice is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Uncover and evaporate excess water if any, remove from flame, and fluff up with a fork.
  7. Season with extra salt and pepper, if necessary, and serve hot!
Most Helpful

This was beeeeautiful! I increased the servings to 4, I soaked the rice for about 20 minutes before using. It was delicious hot and superb cold... this is certainly going to be used by me veeery often. Thanks Anu!

Angela Sara May 02, 2002

I really liked this. It was a really yummy pulao, and easy to do. My only quibble is that the rice cooking times were off for me, but otherwise this was gold.

CookingTimeForMe August 14, 2009

I agree with everyone else. This dish smells fabulous and tastes even better. Very simple to do. Just count the cloves you put in so you can fish them out--not so lovely to bite into one.

Chef Kate August 08, 2006