Broccoli Pulao Recipe

Broccoli Pulao

All of us are aware of the rich nutrient value of Broccoli. I tried to include it our daily diet in numerous ways. Today’s recipe is a simple rice dish which is very flavorful and easy to prepare.  It can be served with some pickle and raita. You can make it richer with some tasty side dish.


  • Broccoli – 1 crown
  • Basmati rice – 2 cups
  • Oil – 2tbsp
  • Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Coconut milk/Yogurt – ½ cup
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Whole spices – 1 tsp fennel seeds,  5-6 peppercorns, 1” piece of cinnamon & 1 clove
  • Ginger – 1” piece
  • arlic – 5 cloves
  • Mint Leaves – handful
  • Cilantro – handful
  • Green Chilies – 4
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp


  1. Wash and soak the basmati rice while you get the things ready.
  2. Separate the broccoli into small florets. Peel the skin of the stem and chop it into small strips too.  Wash it and keep this aside.
  3. Grind all the ingredients under ‘To coarsely grind’.
  4. Heal oil and ghee in a heavy bottomed pan . Add the bay leaf. Add the ground paste and fry for a minute.
  5. Add the drained rice and fry for another minute.
  6. Add the coconut milk, lemon juice, salt and water. Bring it to boil.
  7. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and cook for 10- 15 minutes till the rice is almost done.
  8. Open the lid and mix in the broccoli florets. Reduce the heat to minimum and cover again.
  9. Let this steam for the next 5-7 minutes before switching off. Keep it covered for another 5 minutes before opening the lid. This time is just sufficient to cook the broccoli while retaining it crunch, color and nutrients.
  10. Gently fluff with the fork and serve.
Indian Chef
I'm a food blogger, food photographer and organic gardener based out of India. I enjoy cooking for my family using fresh produce from my vegetable garden. I love to try out various cuisines and perfect my cooking skills. I've always loved writing, so writing is something that I've always done. Food, on the other hand was something I definitely grew into. As a kid, I was the pickiest eater you could imagine. But eventually food started tasting good to me and it became something that I associate deeply with happy memories. My food blog Indian Food Pedia is a humble attempt at sharing my passion for all things food and you will definitely find a lot of Andhra flavor in this space, home-cooked meals I prepare for my family using farm fresh produce from my organic garden and our nearest farmer’s market. I have no formal training in food photography. Taking images of food is a learning process, a creative outlet for me and an enjoyable one at that.


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