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Sweet Pulao Indian Pilaf

Sweet Pulao (Indian Pilaf) is a one-pot dish made using long-grain basmati rice and a combination of aromatics + dried nuts & fruits.

The rice is super fluffy, extremely fragrant, and so delicious. Pair it up with a savory side dish like Aloo Gobi (or Chana Masala) for an amazing dinner/lunch idea.

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Sweet Pulao Indian Pilaf
5 from 3 votes

Sweet Pulao (Indian Pilaf)

Easy Vegan Sweet Pulao (Indian Pilaf) Recipe
Course Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Pilaf, Pulao, rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Soaking Time 20 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 3
Author Veganbell

Recipe Video


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 black cardamom (crushed)
  • 2 green cardamoms (crushed)
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/4 cup almonds (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup whole cashews
  • 2 tablespoons black raisins
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water


  • Gently wash basmati rice with water (until the water runs clear).
  • Transfer the washed (and drained) rice to a large bowl. Add 2 cups of warm water and let it soak for 30 minutes.
  • *After 30 minutes* Drain and set aside.
  • Set a large (thick-bottomed) pot over medium heat. Add oil.
  • Once it's hot, add bay leaves + cinnamon stick + cloves + black cardamom + green cardamoms. Stir-saute for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  • Next, add almonds + cashews. Stir-saute for 2 minutes. Then add raisins and stir-saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add the rice + green peas + sugar + salt + water. Mix well.
  • Cover the pot and cook over medium heat for 16-18 minutes - or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is done.
  • Turn off the heat. Half-open the lid and allow the pulao to rest for 10 minutes.
  • *After 10 minutes* Gently fluff the pulao using forks. Then mix everything gently using a spatula.
  • Sweet Pulao (Indian Pilaf) is ready. Serve with a savory side dish.
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