Brown Rice Pulao

Of late, we are incorporating healthy grains like brown rice into our diet on a regular basis. Last Sunday, I made brown rice vegetable pulao and kheema curry. Very unassuming, earthy and wholesome. Though the rice is chewy, its worth the effort keeping in mind the nutrition involved. Those of you who are trying to develop a taste for brown rice, do try this flavorful recipe. Coconut milk would add more flavor to this recipe. The next time I try a one pot meal with brown rice, I intend adding coconut milk.

Our lunch ~ Brown rice pulao, Kheema curry & Raita

Brown Rice Pulao Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts

Serves 4-5 persons



2 cups Basmati brown rice, soak for an hour in warm water

1 large onion, finely sliced

2 cups cubed mixed vegetables (carrots, potatoes, beans, peas)

2 tbsp oil + 1 tbsp ghee

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

few curry leaves

garam masala pwd (3 cloves, 1″ cinnamom, 1 elachi, 1 star anise)

salt to taste

Coarsely crush (do not make a paste):

4-5 tbsps chopped coriander leaves

8-10 chopped pudina leaves

2-3 green chillis

1 Heat oil+ghee in a cooking vessel, add the sliced onions and curry leaves and saute for 5 mts. Add the ginger garlic paste and crushed coriander-pudina-green chillis and saute further for another 5 mts. Add the cubed mixed vegetables and saute for 6-7 mts.
2 Add 4 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Add the brown rice, salt and garam masala pwd, reduce heat, cover with lid and cook till the rice is done.
3 Serve hot with raita or any curry of your choice.

Brown Rice Pulao

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  brown rice


  • Susmitha

    Looks nice and tempting! Will try this and let you know ๐Ÿ™‚

  • smitha

    Looks so good of course if it is healthful so be it!!!

  • manju

    It would be great if you could post the recipe for kheema curry.
    Thanks & Regards

  • Cialntro

    I have tried making them but could not make myself to like it. I think I should be making kheema or mutton curry to compliment it well. I did use coconut milk in my pulao. Thanks for sharing.


    generally brown rice is difficult to eat, but it is so healthy. so, i guess those who don’t like brown rice will be inspired to eat by seeing your recipe.

  • Ashwini

    love pulao. I should say its my favourite..Looks yummy, mouthwatering and healthy too.

  • Mona

    Nutritious, healthy and . Lovely idea for a one pot meal Sailaja.
    TOI doesnt seem to be working. Any idea by when will it be back? We all miss it ๐Ÿ™

    I’m working on bringing back TOI, Mona. I cannot fix a time frame yet as to when it goes live. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • kalva

    Very healthy Biryani indeed..

  • Praki Prakash

    Some comments here say brown rice is difficult to eat. I have been eating it for at least five years now and I agree the switch from the fine white rice to brown rice is hard. I was motivate due to health reasons. The funny thing is, after a while it grows on you and I really don’t like white rice any more. White rice now tastes like something with no body at all.

  • Maninas

    I used to love brown rice, and eat only that, especially mixed with wild rice, but I haven’t had it for ages. I just have a bag of brown basmati rice at home. Thanks for reminding me!

  • Nags

    my mom adds coconut milk to her biryani and most mixed rices and it makes such a difference!

  • texmex

    To better digest brown rice it is a good idea to rince it and even soak it for at least 2 hours. It seems that some blocking enzymes are present in the remaining husk around the grain. Read this article
    and the rest of the web site for good and healthy rcipes

  • Alka

    As usual ,awesome recipe and very neat pics.never tasted brown rice ,but seriously thinking of trying it out,after i keep hearing about its qualities everywhere in blogosphere.And what’s better than starting with a pulao?
    Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sudha

    very healthy recipe..::))

  • For Spicy lovers

    Brown rice is difficult to eat for me, but ur picture looks so inviting.
    I have some brown rice since a long time, will try this soon.

  • M

    I started eating brown rice last December…not a big fan, though, because it seems to lack all the flavor of white rice. Have been mixing a little ghee into it, which makes it a bit more bearable. But this looks good, will have to give it a try soon!

  • R.Punitha

    Hi Sailu ,
    i didn’t taste brown rice till now Sailu.
    What is its taste?
    but its rich in carbohyderate.
    sure i’ll try this recipe,
    looks awesome Sailu !!!

  • D

    Hi Sailu – At what point in this recipe is the salt and garam masala added?

    Updated recipe.

  • Akal

    looks good, must be yummy with the kheema curry !!

  • Miri

    I have made rosematta rice with coconut milk (

    and it made the rice more flavourful.You could try the same with brown rice.

    The kheema addition to this dish must have made it absolutely delicious!

  • suma

    hi i am trying ur recipes now a days. and the results r really successful. now i have a request ,,,my neighbour flat mates r vegetarians and they will not eat onion and garlic also. i am planning to have a party for them but i don’t have any such recipes. i have some others who will eat spicy food. please suggest some recipes.

  • Lakshmi Jyothi-Vizag-US

    Someone here asked for Kheema recipie. Sailaja blogged a simple Kheema Curry as a part of
    I guess this can be used till Sailu blogs an exclusive Kheema Curry. – Cheers

  • Purnima

    Sailu, brown rice pulao looks very tasty n colorful..wd try this recipe…(hv read n follow it..wash the brown rice, soak it in warm water for 30 mins then cook..i prepare plain brown rice in this manner..pulao is a good option..)

  • Manju

    Thanks Lakshmijyothi

  • Subu

    It was really easy and Delicious.. Thanks for sharing

  • Vani

    Hi Sailu,

    I don’t know to rice other than in a pressure cooker. Could you please advice me how to prepare this pulao using the pressure cooker.
    Keep up your good work.Love your talent of making any recipe simple and easy .
    cheers and Thank you

  • Deepa


    You made my day..It was a awesome recipe!! But took a lot of time to cook..but it was worth it.I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes recently..and after eating this meal…my sugar level was down!! Yippe thanks for the recipe..I’m gonna try it very often!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kalps

    Looks great, could you please advise pressure cooker method for cooking the brown rice. I would love to try it today. Thanks

  • Arasi

    hi Sailu,Could you please tell me how to cook brown rice perfectly…either in electric cooker or pot.

  • Megha Das

    Extremely lovely this recipe is! thank you for sharing it with us.