Kashmiri Pulao Recipe - Saffron Rice with Fresh Fruits and Nuts (2024)

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Kashmiri cuisine has many rich and flavorful dishes that are simple yet different. In this traditional rice dish, basmati rice are first sauteed in butter laced spices, cooked in saffron flavored water and then mixed with shallow fried dry fruits, freshly cut fruits and fried onion. This step by step photo recipe of Kashmiri Pulao uses pomegranate, grape, apple and pineapple and shallow fried cashew nuts and almonds for crispness and crunch in every spoon. Try this easy Kashmiri pulao recipe to turn any occasion into a special occasion with its delectable aroma and richness.

Kashmiri Pulao Recipe - Saffron Rice with Fresh Fruits and Nuts (1)

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Preparation Time:

15 minutes

Cooking Time:

25 minutes

Serves: 2 servings

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Kashmiri Pulao Recipe In Hindi (हिन्दी में पढ़े)

1/2 cup Basmati Rice (long grained rice)
4-5 Saffron Strands
1 tablespoon Milk (warm)
5-6 Cashew Nuts, roughly chopped
5-6 Almonds, roughly chopped
1 small piece of Bay Leaf
2 Cloves
1 Green Cardamom
2-inch piece of Cinnamon Stick
1 Green Chili, silt lengthwise
1/2 teaspoon grated Ginger
1/4 teaspoon Fennel Seed Powder
1 Onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped Apple
1/4 cup Pomegranate Seeds
1/4 cup Grapes (seedless), optional
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons Ghee (or Oil)
Oil, for frying the onion
1 cup Water


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    Rinse basmati rice in water for 2-3 times and then soak them in water for 15 minutes. Drain water and keep rice aside.

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    Dissolve saffron strands in 1-tablespoon warm milk.

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    Heat 1-tablespoon ghee in a deep pan over medium flame. Add almonds and cashew nuts and shallow fry them until light golden brown. Transfer them to a plate.

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    Add remaining 1-tablespoon ghee in the same pan and add bay leaf, cloves, green cardamom and cinnamon stick. Sauté for 30 seconds. Add green chili, grated ginger and fennel seed powder and sauté for another 30 seconds.

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    Add soaked and drained rice.

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    Sauté for 1-2 minutes.

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    Add 1-cup water, dissolved saffron and salt. Mix well and bring it to boil over medium flame.

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    When it starts to boil, reduce flame to low and cook covered for 8-10 minutes or until rice is fully cooked. Do not open the lid or stir in between. When rice is cooked, turn off flame and let it stand for 5-7 minutes. Open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.

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    Meanwhile, heat 3-4 tablespoons oil in another pan to shallow fry the onion. (Onion slices should be evenly cut so that it cooks perfectly) separate each onion slice with hand and then add them in oil and shallow fry until it turns brown. Stir frequently in between to cook them evenly.

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    Add shallow fried dry fruits, fresh fruits (apple, grapes and pomegranate seeds) and shallow fried onion over cooked rice.

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    Mix gently and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the flame and transfer it to serving bowl. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Tips and Variations:

  • Add fresh fruits of your choice like pineapple, green grapes etc.
  • Add dry fruits like raisins and walnuts for variation.
  • Different brands of basmati rice required different amount of water to cook. Refer to the instructions given on backside of a rice packet and adjust water quantity accordingly.
  • To make the onion brown and crispy, deep fry them in oil instead of shallow frying.

Taste: Mild sweet and savory

Serving Ideas: Serve Kashmiri pulao with cucumber raita or dum aloo or any of your favorite curry with gravy in lunch.

Author: Foram

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Jan 07, 2021 by Madhu

Needs salt. Better omit cilantro. Better with pineapple raita

Nov 10, 2019 by Nits

Excellent recipe with detailed and clear instructions. I have trouble normally with indian cooking but this recipe is so easy. Made this on several occasions and it has been a great hit. Many thanks for sharing this recipe in such an illustrative manner.

Jul 22, 2019 by Preet

Loved it!! My parents were over this evening and wanted to try something different. It turned out great! I added few slices of mangoes as well!!

Jan 31, 2018 by Bharat

Wonderful recipes.thank you for providing such a good recipes.
The thing is I want the name of chef of kashmiri pulao.

Response: Thank you Bharat for the feedback. We make all of our recipes at home.

Feb 25, 2016 by James Pullatt

Hello Foodviva,

Thank you for your good recipes and more thanks for your excellent presentation. The pictures are of good quality and your step-by-step pictures are very helpful.

Can you make your recipes printable with the pictures? The print option does not allow any images to be included.

Thank you for your good work and help for many.

Best regards,

James Pullatt

Feb 16, 2016 by Aroosa

Very nice website. It's very informative.

Apr 19, 2015 by Ansa aadil zahgeer

Thank you so much for posting such different recipes. I would like to learn more and more recipes, specially of dessert.

Kashmiri Pulao Recipe - Saffron Rice with Fresh Fruits and Nuts (2024)


What is Kashmiri Pulao made of? ›

Kashmiri pulao is a delicious variant of rice pulao from Kashmiri cuisine made with nuts, dried fruits, saffron and fresh fruits. Generally, a pulao is rice that is flavored with various spices, then bulked up with the addition of vegetables, nuts or even meats.

Why is Kashmiri Pulao famous in Kashmir? ›

The Kashmiri Pulao is a unique, delicious and flavorsome dish, with a richness that reflects the spirit of the beautiful valley. The Rice dish is flavored with saffron and spices. This rice dish is loaded with plenty of dried fruits or nuts and also fresh fruits.

What is the nutritional value of Kashmiri Pulao? ›

Nutritional Content

One serving of Kashmir Pulao (veg) gives 294 calories, out of which carbohydrates comprises of 46 percent calories, 43 percent comes from fat, and 11 percent calories come from protein.

What is the difference between Kashmiri Pulao and biryani? ›

Rice: Pulao is made with long-grain rice, while Biryani is made with basmati rice. Cooking Method: Pulao is cooked by boiling rice in a seasoned broth. Biryani is cooked by layering cooked rice with meat or vegetables and a flavorful sauce. Spices: Pulao is typically made with fewer spices compared to Biryani.

What are the special ingredients used in Kashmiri cuisine? ›

The picturesque state of Kashmir is not only known for its beauty and peace but also provides traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. Kashmiri food is moderate in flavour and rich in spices with heavy usage of cardamom, fennel, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and saffron.

What is pulao made of? ›

Pulao is a one pot rice dish made by cooking fragrant basmati rice with aromatic whole spices, herbs & sometimes stock. There are many kinds of pulao made in India like vegetable pulao, Matar pulao, Tawa pulao, Coconut milk pulav, Zarda pulao, Kashmiri pulao, Yakhni Pulao & Chicken pulao.

What is difference between biryani and pulao? ›

The primary difference between biryani and pulao is the preparation method. Biryani is made using the 'draining method' of cooking whereas pulao is made through the 'absorption method'. The spices used in preparing biryani is high as compared to pulao, this gives the biryani a richer aroma and texture.

What is the difference between rice and pulao? ›

Pulao is made through the absorption method, so the amount of water or stock is completely absorbed by the rice and vegetables in the dish. Fried rice is cooked with pre-cooked rice, and the method of cooking the rice doesn't matter much.

Is Kashmiri Pulao good for health? ›

Kashmiri Pulao is a simple Indian one-pot dish made by cooking aromatic basmati rice with vegetables, fresh herbs, spices and dry fruits. It is aromatic, delicious, healthy, and super quick to make for a meal.


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