How to make Veg Kofta Pulao -

Rice cooked with roasted spice powder and served with deep-fried veg koftas.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Rice (चावल), Paneer (cottage cheese) (पनीर)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Rice

Veg Kofta Pulao

Veg Kofta Pulao Recipe Card


Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Veg Kofta Pulao Recipe

  • Rice soaked and drained 1½ cups

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) ½ cup

  • Star anise 2-3

  • Black peppercorns 5-6

  • Cinnamon 1 inch

  • Bay leaf 1

  • Green cardamoms 4-5

  • Cloves 4-5

  • Black cardamoms 1-2

  • Ghee 1-2 tablespoons

  • Green chillies 2-3

  • Ginger cut into thin strips 1

  • Onions sliced 3 medium

  • Vegetable stock 3-4 cups

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Fresh mint leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • saffron strands a few

  • Potatoes boiled, peeled and mashed 2 medium

  • Processed cheese grated ½ cup

  • Green capsicum finely chopped 1 small

  • Carrot grated 1 medium

  • Green chillies finely chopped 2-3

  • Refined flour (maida) ½ cup

  • Oil for deep-frying

  • Kewra essence 1 teaspoon

  • Fried onions for garnishing


Step 1

Dry roast star anise, peppercorns, cinnamon, bay leaf, green cardamoms, cloves and black cardamoms in a non-stick pan till fragrant. Cool and grind to a fine powder.

Step 2

Heat ghee in another non-stick pan, add green chillies and ginger and sauté for a minute. Add onions and sauté till they are lightly browned.

Step 3

Add rice and mix well. Add stock and mix well.

Step 4

Add salt and 1 tablespoon spice powder, 1 tablespoon leaves and 1 tablespoon mint leaves and mix well.

Step 5

Add saffron and mix well. Cover and cook till the rice is done.

Step 6

To make koftas, heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 7

Mash potatoes in a bowl, add cheese, capsicum, carrot, green chillies, remaining mint leaves and remaining coriander leaves and mix well.

Step 8

Add 1 teaspoon spice powder and mix well.

Step 9

Add salt and mix well.

Step 10

Spread refined flour on a plate, divide the mixture into equal portions, shape them into balls and coat them with refined flour.

Step 11

Deep-fry the koftas in hot oil till brown and crisp on all the sides. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 12

Add screw pine essence to the rice and mix well. Cook for 10 minutes.

Step 13

Transfer rice onto a serving plate, place koftas over it, garnish with fried onions and serve immediately.

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