Today I am sharing one of the easiest and scrumptious recipe from Karnataka. Our all time favourite Palav that we grew up eating . Mix vegetable Pulao (Karnataka style) or Palav that it is popularly known as is so aromatic and delish.This Karnataka style mix vegetable pulao is a complete meal in itself, packed with the goodness of vegetables and aromatic spices. You will always enjoy its rich flavors and textures as a wholesome lunch or dinner option.

Mix Vegetable Pulao (Karnataka Style)

Mix Vegetable Pulao Karnataka Style is a delightful and aromatic rice dish that perfectly embodies the essence of Karnataka’s culinary heritage. This traditional recipe combines aromatic Sona Masoori with a medley of colorful vegetables and a blend of spices, resulting in a dish that is both nutritious and delicious.What sets Karnataka-style pulao apart is its careful balance of flavors and textures, achieved through a harmonious blend of spices and vegetables. The use of fresh ingredients, such as carrots, potatoes, green peas, cauliflower, and green beans, not only adds color and nutrition but also infuses the dish with a delightful medley of tastes and aromas. Next comes the star of the show: the vegetables. Each one is carefully diced and added , where they slowly cook to tender perfection, absorbing the flavors of the spices and melding together to create a symphony of taste and texture. As the pulao simmers gently in the pressure cooker, anticipation builds, filling the kitchen with an irresistible aroma that signals the impending feast.

Sharing This Recipe With Shhh Cooking Secretly Group:

The host for this theme is Seema who blogs at MildlyIndian. She suggested the theme Biryani & Pulao. Check our her amazing dish here. I am paired with Radha and she gave two secret ingredients Star Anise and Poppy Seeds and I suggested Tomato Salsa and Cloves. She dished out Chipotle Paneer and Bean Biryani. I whipped up my favorite Mix Vegetable Pulao (Karnataka Style).



Preethi Prasad
Mix Vegetable Pulao Karnataka Style is a culinary masterpiece that captures the essence of Karnataka's vibrant culture and rich gastronomic heritage. This beloved dish is a testament to the state's agricultural abundance, featuring a diverse array of locally sourced vegetables cooked to perfection with aromatic spices and Sona Masoori Rice.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Karnataka, South Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 Pressure Cooker
  • 1 Chopping Board and Knife
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Spatula


  • 1 Cup Any Rice variety
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds / Jeera
  • 1/2 Tsp Fennel Seeds / Saunf
  • 1 No Tej Patta
  • 1 No Big Red Onion Sliced
  • 1 No Big Tomato Chopped
  • 3/4 Cup Mixed Vegetables (beans , carrot, green peas and Potato)
  • 3 Tbsp Oil
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • Salt to taste

For the Green Masala

  • 1/4 No Red onion sliced
  • 6 Nos Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Inch Ginger slices
  • 6 Nos Fresh Green Chili (mildly spicy variety)
  • 4 Tbsp Freshly Grated Coconut
  • 1 Inch Cinnamon / Dalchini
  • 4 Nos Cloves / Lavang
  • 2 Nos Cardamom / Elaichi
  • 1 No Kapok Buds / Maratha Moggu (optional)
  • 1 No Star Anise
  • 1 Tsp Poppy Seeds / Gasgase
  • 1/2 Tsp Coriander Seeds / Dhaniya
  • Fist Full of Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Few Sprigs of Fresh Coriander Leaves


  • Soak rice for an hour and then drain and set aside. Soak Poppy seeds or gasgase for about 20 minutes.
  • Add all the ingredients mentioned under Ingredients for Green Masala to a blender and grind to make a fine paste. You can add 1/4 cup of water to the mixture to get a smooth paste.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add Tej patta , Cumin and Saunf. Once you get the aroma add the sliced onions and saute till they are slightly browned.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and sauté until they are nice and mushy.
  • Now add all the chopped veggies and sauté for a minute.
  • Once done add the ground green masala paste. Mix well and sauté for 3 minutes until the raw smell is gone. Do not skip this step.
  • Add the rice and mix well. Let is sit for a minute.
  • Add 2 cups of water to the rice mix , lemon juice and salt . Mix well.
  • Once it comes to boil, close the lid and pressure cook upto 2 whistles.
  • Once the pressure is released remove the lid . Serve the fluffy Mix vegetable Pulao with any raita of your choice.
  • Garnished with fresh coriander leaves for a burst of color and freshness, Karnataka-style mix vegetable pulao is a feast for the senses. Whether enjoyed on its own as a comforting meal or paired with accompaniments like raita, pickle, or papad, this dish is sure to leave a lasting impression, inviting diners to savor every spoonful and revel in the culinary delights of Karnataka's rich and diverse cuisine.


  1. I have made this pulao with Sona Masoori and Basmati rice. In this particular recipe I have used Basmati rice as my stock of Sona Masoori was over.
  2. Feel free to add cauliflower and Knol Knol too. I have not used here as I did not have stock.
  3. Adjust the green chilies as per your spice tolerance.
  4. Do not Skip any other ingredients mentioned here to enjoy the authentic taste.
  5. You can use any variety rice if you don’t have sona masoori or basmati.



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  1. 5 stars
    Karnataka style Pulav was one of the first dishes amma taught me in her kitchen. I make it exactly the same way except using gasgase in the spice paste.. sure to add it next time as we love this Pulav a lot, Preethi !

  2. 5 stars
    You took me back to hostel days when the festive meal featured this pulao. Now I can make some for us a dinner tonight. I have all the ingredients and this is perfect for lazy Saturday night.

  3. Vasusvegkitchen

    5 stars
    I have tasted this Karnataka style pulao but prepared very less time at home. Your recipe tempting me to prepare again. Love the different taste and aroma masala used for this pulao.

  4. 5 stars
    The flavor profile sounds amazing! This pressure cooker pulao is an easy one pot meal. I have everything for this pulao and trying it for today’s lunch.

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