Kashmiri Pulao: A comforting recipe for the soul

Kashmiri Pulao: A comforting recipe for the soul

Kashmiri Pulao: A comforting recipe for the soul
  • Serves Serves : 4
  • Preparation Time Preparation Time : 10 mins
  • Cooking Time Cooking Time : 30 mins

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“If you give me rice, I’ll eat today. If you teach me how to grow rice, I’ll eat rice every day,”- Mahatma Gandhi. Indeed, rice is one of the staple cereals in India and is eaten almost all over the country. While there are hundreds of rice recipes made regionally, this majority favourite also becomes the perfect base for almost any meal, not to mention how effortlessly it becomes the centre of your meal. Particularly, during this period of lockdown, rice is being loved even more for the non-fussy methods that it can be prepared in. We will be sharing with you some easy-to-make recipes that have ingredients, which are readily available, and we bet are in your kitchen right now. We begin with this simple rice recipe that you can try to have a simple yet comforting quarantine meal.


2 cups basmati rice - washed and soaked

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

3 cloves1 stick cinnamon

3 cardamoms

1 bay leaf

2 cups milk

1/2 cup fresh cream-beaten

1 tsp sugar

Salt to taste

2 Tbsp ghee

1/2 cup dried fruits (cashew nuts, almonds, raisins)


  1. Mix milk, cream, sugar, salt.
  2. Drain rice, keep aside.
  3. Heat ghee in a heavy pan and add cumin seeds, cinnamon, bay leaf, cardamoms, cloves.
  4. When they splutter, add rice and fry in ghee for 2 minutes.
  5. Add milk mixture and 1/2 cup water.
  6. Bring to a boil, cover, lower the heat and simmer till cooked.
  7. Mix in dried fruit very gently.
  8. Serve hot and fresh.
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