Kashmiri Pulao

By DK on Nov 24, 2008

My parents have been planning to visit this "Paradise On Earth" for ages. Every vacation, my father would with the excited look in the eye would longingly graze through the map, but the news seeping in through the Idiot's box would always spew in "terrorizing" words, abouts wars, about bloodshed whenever talking about Jammu and Kashmir. Its such a paradox to have gory war fare going on in one of the most beautiful, serene and wondorous place like Kashmir. My only wish is that my father's dream of visiting this place does not remain - just that! Lets keep our finger's crossed- shall we?

So while we are dreaming away about strolling Kashmir's sand, the next best thing we can do is sample its rich cuisine. While its not that kind to a vegetarian needs,more like non-vegetarian's turf, there are quite a few "not-so-famously" famous dishes and one among them is Kashmiri Pulao. Its funny how its not that popular in Kashmir while it is everywhere else! From what I have known, this rice compromises of 3 components - fragnant basmati rice sauted and cooked with cream and rich spices, various nuts drenched in Ghee and succulent fruits.

Basic Information
Prep Time: 1 to 2 hours
Cook Time: Under 30 min
Serves: 2 people
  • 1 cup basmati rice, soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • few tbsp of ghee
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 2-3 green cardamom
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion, finely chopped and fried for garnish
  • 1 green chilli, sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • approx 2/3 cups of mixed nuts ( pistas,almonds,cashews, walnuts and raisin)
  • 1 cyp milk + light cream + few strands of saffron
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp rose water
  • approx 1 cup of mixed fruits of your choice (eg:apple,grapes,cherries..)
  • salt to taste
Saute the spices in some ghee and then add the drained rice. Stir until it gets aromatic and turns golden.
Add the milk ,salt and water if needed and let it cook.
In another pan.saute the nuts in ghee until golden.

When the rice is almost done, add the nuts and chopped fruits and stir lightly until blended.

Serve, hot garnished with some fried onions. They are mostly standalone and dont need any side dishes to go with it. If needed, you can add some Raita to with it.

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14 Responses to “Kashmiri Pulao”
  1. Sonniya

    hey DK.. tomorrows my husbands bday.. and its his first bday after our marriage !! he loves Kashmiri pulao and wants me to make it some day. i m planning to make it tomorrow and its gonna be a surprise…. wht im worried abt is i dont want that rice to be sticky… any tips on that !!

  2. Deena

    Pulao looks Yummy,but I have a doubt – Is 1 cup Milk sufficient to cook 1Cup Rice as we usually put 2 cups water to cook 1 cup Rice ?

    I have written milk and water if needed. You can add another cup of water if you want to. I mentioned that since I find certain variety of rice gets mushy if additional water is added. If your doesn’t, go ahead and use additional water along with the milk :) –DK

  3. Medhaa

    looks great, love the picture

  4. Happy cook

    I am going to make this soon for a weekend. Looks so yumm andlove the way you have presenet it.
    Hi hi what would you friend say to me when he knows i love black and i have lot of black sarees, salwars , top etc………. and i am not fair i am dark.
    Good that he doens’t see me wearing them.
    It is true that kashmiries are fair, we haa a musician who was from there who visited here and one of our friends said he doesn’t look Indian , he is so fair

  5. Priya

    With lots of nuts n fruits, pulao looks simply delicious..

  6. Aparna

    I like Kashmiri pulao too and its also a wish to visit Kashmir some day. Hope fully (I’m not sure) Kashmir will become safe for its people and us in this lifetime.

  7. Divya.M

    This is really nice with raisins and more…i used to have this in resturant…ur pic and the explanation makes it easy….:)

  8. jayasree

    Love this pulav. Thank you for the recipe that I can try it at home.

  9. Chandani

    mouthwatering recipe!! i love this pulav but, i have never tried this at home..will make this soon:)

  10. Uma
  11. raaji

    nice pulao….with lots of nuts and fruits….hmm

  12. Ramya Vijaykumar

    Colorful and the description pictures are awesome making the procedure very clear…

  13. Madhu

    Very colourful and fragrant ful recipe, Looks delish DK.

  14. Curry Leaf

    I too like Kashmiri Pulao.Recipe is new to me.Thanks :P

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