Pulau Nepalese Basmati Rice Dish

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is an amazing rice side dish with complex flavors, but simple prep! It has a sweet and salty element to it and the spices will make your kitchen SING! Originally made for a Girl Scout function, but EVERYONE loved it and it is now a family favorite! (Found on a Nepali website.) Also re-heats easily. The golden raisins add the most delicious bit of sweet to the rice!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the rice several times and let it soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain the rice well in a sieve.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook onion until soft.
  4. Add all ingredients & spices, (except salt) to the pan and stir fry for 2 minutes over medium heat.
  5. Add 2 cups of water to the pan with salt and bring to a boil then cover tightly and.
  6. turn the heat to low.
  7. Simmer for 20 minutes, adding additional water during cooking, if necessary, until rice is tender and fluffy and all the water is absorbed.
  8. Remove bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.
Most Helpful

Tasty! The spices were subtle and balanced. I only had brown basmati on hand so that's what I used. I think I would have preferred white since I believe the cooking time required for the brown effected the texture of the cashews. Good, but I bet better using white rice.Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Lucky in Bayview August 24, 2016

I was a little disappointed, and my family left a lot on their plates. It fell a little short of amazing in the flavor category.

Gianni #23 July 29, 2012

Very delicious recipe. I didn't have one bit of trouble making this dish for the first time. I did add a couple of teaspoons of ghee and substituted low salt mixed nuts instead of only cashews because I love fried peanuts and almonds, as well, in my pulau. No one in my family likes raisins, especially cooked raisins, so I omitted that. Although, I did cook the recipe on the stove, you can also cook it in a rice cooker after you fry everything for even fluffier rice. Overall, a good Nepali recipe that is very authentic tasting.

bucketabc February 27, 2012