Kashmiri Pulao


Whenever I visit restaurants, Kashmiri pulao is one dish in menu card which attracts me, with a lot of mixed nuts with fruits. Usually for weekend/special lunch I prepare dishes like Bisi Bele bath or Vegetable Biryani, but this time I wanted to spend less time in kitchen, and still have some exotic dish. Suddenly I remembered seeing kashmiri pulao recipe in Sharmis passion. I followed her recipe, making a few changes.

Kashmiri Pulao

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Soaking time : 30 mins | Cooking Time : 20 – 25 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Entree


Basmati Rice – 1 cup (Soaked and drained)

Milk – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Saffron – 1/8 tsp

Ghee / Oil – 2 tbsp (I used ghee)

Cinnamon – 1/2 piece

Cloves – 2

Fennel Seed powder – 1/4 tsp

Cardamom – 2 pods

Grapes – 1/2 cup

Pomegranate – 1/4 cup

Nuts – 1/2 cup (Almonds, Cashews and Walnuts)

Raisins – 2 tbsp

Salt – as needed

Sugar – 1/4 tsp (Optional)



  • Soak saffron in milk for 10 minutes
  • Add 1 tbsp ghee to the pan. When its hot, add whole spices (Cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and fennel seeds) and saute for minute. Add rice and saute for 1-2 minutes


  • Add milk, water, saffron and salt, and close the lid. Switch off after the rice is cooked


  • Spread the rice in a wide pan and set aside


  • Add ghee to the pan, once the ghee is hot add the nuts and saute till they are crunchy. Add raisin at the end as they cook soon. Add fruits and nuts to the rice pan after rice is cooled (Adding fruits when is rice is hot makes the pulao watery) and gently mix. Easy and yummy pulao is ready:-) Serve it with any gravy. We had with Malai Kofta ( Recipe coming up soon:-))




My Notes:

  • Add fruits of your choice. Apple, pineapple, grapes,pomegranate etc. can be added
  • Instead of using whole spices, you can also use garam masala
  • Instead of cooking rice directly, you can also pressure cook or use slow cooker

Glad to send this recipe for Kids Lunch Box ideas Contest of IndusLadies




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  3. Treat and Trick August 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM Reply

    A health and delicious combo!

  4. shalzzzzz August 2, 2014 at 4:26 AM Reply

    Looks yummmm.. I’m gonna try this soon 🙂

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  5. Corina August 2, 2014 at 3:51 AM Reply

    It looks really delicious.

  6. Liz August 1, 2014 at 11:35 PM Reply

    The kashmiri pilau looks extra delicious, thank you!

  7. deliciouslynell August 1, 2014 at 9:41 PM Reply

    Yum! Thanks! 🙂

  8. swathiiyer August 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM Reply

    Kashmiri pulao looks really yumm Vidya, Love to try it for my kids.

  9. Loretta August 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM Reply

    Wow! how interesting, I’ve never made pulao with milk, I see you’ve used water AND milk. Will definitely have to give that a try. 🙂

  10. Liz August 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM Reply

    I want this for breakfast!!!!

  11. Lily August 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM Reply

    Looks delicious with all the fruits, nuts and spices, what wonderful flavor!

  12. MiMi Smith (Magical Mystical MiMi) August 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM Reply

    Not only does that look fantastic, it sounds so simple and easy. I’m def trying it this weekend! Thanks for sharing this. – Stopping by from ‘Cast Off Blog Syndication.’ 🙂

  13. apuginthekitchen August 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM Reply

    Oh I love this, the spicing, the grapes and nuts and a little sugar. This is better than any rice pudding I have ever had.

  14. Jeanne Melanson August 1, 2014 at 5:21 PM Reply

    Thank you for this recipe. I am sharing it on my “Indian Food” board at Pinterest.

  15. lisa leblanc August 1, 2014 at 4:28 PM Reply

    This looks yummy, such a nice ideal I should try this.

  16. natasha August 1, 2014 at 1:24 PM Reply

    Kashmiri…interesting…a new cuisine to try:-)

  17. spiceinthecity August 1, 2014 at 1:08 PM Reply

    I love Kashmiri Pulao too, so rich & almost decadent 🙂 Thanks for sharing, looks delicious!

  18. Ngan R. August 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM Reply

    This dish looks delicious, and so fun with the grapes on top! Love the rice and nut combination.

  19. srividhya August 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM Reply

    I should try this. You won’t believe rava upma n pulao is something that I never get it the way I want 🙂 he he

    • Traditionally Modern Food August 1, 2014 at 11:17 AM Reply

      Rava Upma is my favorite too:-)Srividhya, add few drops of oil/ ghee after adding water. I am sure that will help

  20. Amanda August 1, 2014 at 10:11 AM Reply

    I’m totally with you. Pulao is a great way to measure the ability of a restaurant to make good food. This looks so delicious. The spices are perfect and i love the addition of the grapes.

  21. Chitra Jagadish August 1, 2014 at 4:40 AM Reply

    Kashmiri pulao- fruit and nut filled flavourful sweet and spicy pulao looks delish Vidya. ..so next koftas – just by the name kofta started droooooling. …waiting…

    • Traditionally Modern Food August 1, 2014 at 10:21 AM Reply

      Thanks Chitra:-) having sweet tooth I liked this pulao. While typing malai Kofta, I rembered my dear vegan loving friends – you and Charan. I am sure one/both of you will come up vegan alternative recipe for malai kofta

      • Chitra Jagadish August 1, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        Oh that so sweet of you V….these encouragements and sweet words makes me feel good and encourages me to explore more and more…..thanx a bunch dear will try to with my dad’s blessings….

      • Traditionally Modern Food August 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        With your Dad’s blessing you are doing/ going to do wonder dear

  22. smithakal August 1, 2014 at 4:24 AM Reply

    yummy .. exotic

  23. radhikasethi August 1, 2014 at 3:55 AM Reply

    Wow! Looks smashing dear. Looking forward to malai kofta post 😉

  24. derekthezenchef August 1, 2014 at 3:02 AM Reply

    I really love nuts in everything, including the idea of adding them to a stir-fry or rice dish as you have done here. You’ll have to let me know your thoughts on my fried rice dish with nuts and curry – I plan on posting it in a few days. Thanks for always fantastic recipes! Best,

  25. kurinji August 1, 2014 at 1:22 AM Reply

    Delicious and rich pulao…

  26. Rekha Vengalil August 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM Reply

    Looks delish! It’s been on my to do list. Hope to make it soon

  27. lapetitepaniere August 1, 2014 at 12:06 AM Reply

    Vidya, your Kasmiri Pulao looks very appetizing with all these ingredients 🙂

  28. Foodie Adam & Cookie Eve July 31, 2014 at 11:00 PM Reply

    Oh thats a rich and tasty pulao!! The ingredients say it clear!!

  29. Malar July 31, 2014 at 10:11 PM Reply

    Kasmiri pulao is a very tasty dish and never knew how it was done 😉 thanks for the recipe dear , waiting for malai kofta recipe 🙂

  30. mihrank July 31, 2014 at 10:09 PM Reply

    Delicious – Thank you for sharing!!

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