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Easy Vegetable Pilau Rice

This quick vegetable pilau rice recipe is the perfect standalone dish or accompaniment to curries. Vegan, gluten-free, and ready in under 30 minutes!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 339kcal
Author Shivani Raja


  • 6 Baby Potatoes
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 2-3 Cinnamon Sticks small
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup Frozen Peas
  • 1/4 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp Salt


  • Peel and dice the potatoes into 2cm chunks.
  • Add the oil, mustard seeds, cloves and cinnamon sticks to a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the spices begin to crackle, add the diced potatoes along with 1/2 cup boiling water.
  • Cover the pan, turn the heat down to medium-low, and allow the potatoes to steam for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, measure out the rice into a bowl and rinse it: cover with cold water and use your hand to 'stir' the rice until the water becomes opaque. Then drain this water away and repeat 1-2 more times. The final time, leave the rice in the water and allow it to soak.
  • Once the potatoes are softened, add the frozen peas to the saucepan. Drain the rice and add to the pan along with 2 cups of boiling water.
  • Add the spices: 1/4 tsp chilli powder, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp coriander, 1/2 tsp turmeric and 3/4 tsp salt. Stir to combine then turn the heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Stir the rice occasionally to prevent it sticking to the bottom of the pan. When most of the water has gone, taste the rice. If it is still chewy, add a further 1/2 cup of boiling water and cook until the rice is soft.
  • Serve the pilau rice with lemon wedges and fresh coriander. Enjoy!


  • The pilau rice will store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.


Serving size: 1/4 of the rice
Calories: 339 kcal | Fat: 4.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 477mg | Carbohydrates: 65.6g | Fiber: 4.5g | Sugar: 1.9g | Protein: 8.5g 


Calories: 339kcal