2 Feb 2015

Kuthiraivali Vegetable Pulao | Barnyard Millet Vegetable Pulao

Like I mentioned in my earlier post, thinnai pongal, my husband wants us to include more millets in our diet. And I think if we start including millets when our kids are small, they will get more used to it than when they are older and their taste buds are accustomed to rice. 

So this time I tried kuthiraivali pulao and I should say it tasted really good! I loved the flavor of this pulao. The only thing is, it can get a little dry if you eat it after sometime so I would suggest have a nice side dish and it tastes awesome! Even my kids ate some and I was happy about that. My husband wants me to pack his lunch boxes with millets so I will be making a lot more dishes with these!

Kuthiraivali Pulao

Preparation time 15 mins | Cooking time 20 mins | Serves 4 to 5

  • Kuthiraivali - 2 cups
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Beans - 12 chopped
  • Carrot - 3, chopped
  • Peas - 1/2 cup
  • Potato - 2, cubed
  • Onion - 1 medium, sliced
  • Green chilli - 3
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Garam masala - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Mint leaves - a handful
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, chopped
  • Salt - to taste
Whole Spices
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon stick - 1 inch stick
  • Clove - 4
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Kuthiraivali Pulao

1. Wash and soak the kuthiraivali for 30 mins. Chop all the vegetables and set aside.

2. In a pressure cooker, add oil. Once the oil heats up, add the cinnamon stick, bay leaf, cloves and cumin seeds.
3. When a nice aroma emanates, add the sliced onions, salt and green chillies. Saute until the onions turn translucent.

4. Now add the ginger garlic paste. Saute until the raw smell of ginger and garlic leaves.
5. Add the garam masala and cumin powder. Mix well. Add the mint leaves (I had only mint paste hence used that)

6. Add the chopped vegetables. Mix everything well together.
7. Add the coconut milk. Allow the vegetables to cook for a couple of minutes.

8. Drain the kuthiraivali and add it. Add the lemon juice. Mix in and check for salt.
9. Add the remaining 4 cups of water and chopped coriander and cook only 2 whistles.

10. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker and enjoy!

We had it with delicious chicken kuzhambu!

Kuthiraivali Pulao

1. Kuthiraivali cooks a lot faster than rice. If your making this for the first time, you can make this in a pan too and keep checking if it's cooked.
2. Add any vegetable of your choice.
3. You can make the same dish with any other millets too.
4. Serve hot or the millets will dry and clump up. Have a nice side dish to enjoy the pulao.

Until next time,
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  1. Very new recipe to me . Looks delicious

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  3. I agree that millets are a good replacement for healthy living. This dish speaks loudly on the flavours and healthiness.

  4. Looks truly delicious and yep millets get a little dry...makes it healthy when we have it hot !

  5. That looks nice :) Healthy pulao :)

  6. Haven't yet tried my hands on millets. .......It looks delicious 👍

  7. Pulao looks absolute delicious.


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