Shahi Pulao Recipe

Shahi Pulao Recipe

 This Shahi Pulao recipe is a royal dish, that has a perfect blend of spices that you can make for a special dinner and weekend lunch. The addition of spices and dry fruits, along with saffron and Authentic Basmati Rice heightens the flavor of the dish.  There are more than 200 types of pulao dishes in India some of them are like  Zarda pulao, Chicken pulao, Matar pulao, Kashmiri pulao, Tava pulao, Paneer pulao, Aloo gobhi pulao, etc.

In this recipe, the rice is cooked separately along with the spices. The vegetables are roasted along with the nuts and then stirred into the cooked rice. This method of cooking helps retain the colors of the vegetable and the pulao taste delicious.




Shahi pulao in plate, Shahi pulao recipe.


Shahi Pulao is one of the famous Indian veg rice dishes made by cooking fragrant basmati rice with aromatic spices, herbs, vegetables, and dry fruits. Shahi pulao is often made in many Indian homes. It is the most common menu for parties, home gatherings, and buffets. You can even prepare it as a meal for the office and school lunch box.

 This recipe is super quick and very tasty.

Shahi Pulao Recipe

Shahi Pulao is one of of the famous Indian  veg rice dish made by cooking fragrant basmati rice with aromatic spices, herbs, vegetables and dry fruits.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine North Indian
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 250 kcal


  • 500 grams Basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoon Ghee / clarified butter
  • 2 tablespoon Cashew / kaju halves
  • 2 tablespoon Raisins / kishmish
  • 2 tablespoon Almond / badam (half pieces)
  • 1 Bay leaf (tez patta)
  • 1 Star anise (chakri phool)
  • 1 inch Cinnamon piece
  • 4 Cloves
  • 2 pods Cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon Shah jeera
  • 1 Chopped onion medium sized
  • 1 each Chopped potato and carrot medium sized
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoon Green peas/ matar
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala
  • 2 tablespoon Saffron milk  Soak 7-8 saffron strands in 2 tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoon Chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped mint/pudina
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice


  • Ingredients photo
  • Steps for preparing Shahi pulao:
  • First, rinse rice few times till the water runs clear, then soak it and keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes. Meantime prepare the other ingredients.
  • Heat 1/2  tablespoons ghee in cooking pot and add below spices into it and roast them in low flame till it sizzle. - Bay leaf (tez patta), Cardamoms, Cloves, Cinnamon piece and Star anise (chakri phool)
  • When spices start sizzling add 1 and 1/2  bowl (same bowl which used for measuring rice) water in it and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let's Bring the water to rolling boil.
  • Now add soaked and drained rice in it and mix it well by stirring gently. Cook on medium flame till water is absorbed then cover the cooking pot with lid and let rice cooked completely. 
  • In other kadhai heat 1 and 1/2  tbsp ghee and roast 2 tbsp cashew, 2 tbsp almonds and 2 tbsp raisins till it turns golden brown. roast on a low flame. Then remove it and keep aside.
  • In same ghee add 1 tsp shah jeera , chopped onionin in it. saute until onion turns light golden brown, then add 1 teaspoon ginger galic paste.
  • Now add chopped potatoes ,carrots, and  2 tablespoons Green pease (Matar).
  • Further add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 tea spoon salt  (as per your taste), 1 teaspoon red chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala then add saffron milk into it and then  add cooked rice into it, mix well  gently making sure everything is well combined.
  • Cover kadhai with lid. allow it to cook on low flame for two minutes, to infuse the aroma and flavor of its ingredients into rice. 
  • At the end  add fried nuts,chopped coriander and mint leaves, add 1 teaspoon lemon juice into it and finally mix it, stir it gently by making sure everything is combined well.
  • Finally your Shahi pulao is ready to serve. You  can serve it with curd and papad.
    Shahi pulao in plate, Shahi pulao recipe.
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