Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Vegetable Pulao Recipe Using Slow Cooker

This is a simple Vegetable Pulao or Pulav recipe using slowcooker. One would wonder why use slow cooker when this can be cooked in pressure cooker or rice cooker. First of all things cooked slowly taste much better and 2nd is that you can leave slow cooker on while you go our and run some errands. Your pulav won't get burnt or wont become dry like rice cooker. This is a great lunch box recipe and will make a complete meal with this slow-cooker tadka dal or slow-cooker mix-vegetable curry or saag-paneer.
My grand-kids take this pulav to school for lunch once a week and lunchbox always comes back empty !

vegetable pulav


1.1 cup rice(preferably basmati)
2. 2 cup water
3. 2 cup cut mix vegetable ( carrot, cut green beans, green peas, potato, cauliflower )
4.1/4tsp turmeric powder, salt to taste


1. 2 tbsp butter (oil if making vegan),
2. 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3. 6 clove , 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 bay leaves, 6  whole black pepper, 2 big black cardamom, 6 small green  cardamom
(All these spices are easily available in any Indian Store. You can find all the spices mentioned above in this lovely Indian Spices Starter Kit without spending fortune ! )

Method for making Pulav in Slow Cooker:

1. Wash rice and soak for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
2. Mix rice, cut vegetable, 2 cup water, salt and turmeric. Put this all in slow-cooker.
3.In a small frying pan heat butter. Add cumin seeds when butter has melted.
4.When cumin cracks add rest of the tempering ingredients. Let them crack as well and then add them in slow-cooker.
5. Cover it for about 2 hours on 'high' and pulao will be done. Mix it well and it is ready to serve.

Check out more Indian Slow-Cooker/Crockpot Recipe

Similar Recipes:
Slow Cooker Aloo-Palak Recipe
Slow Cooker Dal Fry Recipe
Slow Cooker Aloo Baingan Recipe
Slow Cooker Sprout Pulav

This is the Indian Spices Starter Kit I mentioned earlier in the post. It contains more than 30 different Indian spices in proportion of use.


  1. Would it be okay to replace the 2 black cardamom with the small green cardamoms? I can only find the green ones where I live.

    1. Hello Species 8472,

      Thank You for stopping by. Yes you may replace 2 black cardamom with green cardamoms. You will need to use about 4-5 though.


    2. I was wondering if slow cooker should be on high or low?

    3. Hello Anonymous,

      Timing shown above are for high setting. I have corrected it post above. However you can put it on slow also if you are planning to be away for longer.



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