Aloo Pulao
Aloo Pulao
5 from 7 votes
Chunks of potatoes paired with lightly spiced soft and tender basmati rice. Serve this delicious rice recipe with a side of mint raita or yoghurt chutney.
Aloo Pulao

Aloo Pulao, a fragrant and flavorful rice dish infused with the earthy goodness of potatoes, is a beloved comfort food in many households.

Originating from the Indian subcontinent, this dish boasts a rich history deeply rooted in the culinary traditions of the region.

Despite its exotic name, Aloo Pulao is surprisingly easy to prepare, making it an ideal choice for both novice and seasoned cooks alike.

The marriage of tender potatoes and fluffy rice, combined with an aromatic blend of spices, creates a symphony of flavors that tantalize the taste buds.

Each ingredient plays a crucial role in enhancing the overall taste and texture of the dish, resulting in a satisfying meal that leaves you craving for more.

Expert Tip: For extra flavor, you can add a handful of fresh cilantro or mint leaves to the pulao just before serving. This adds a burst of freshness and aroma to the dish, enhancing its overall appeal.


Potatoes (Aloo): Potatoes lend a hearty texture to the pulao while absorbing the flavors of the spices, ensuring each bite is packed with savory goodness.

Rice: The base of our dish, rice provides a fluffy and light foundation for the flavorful spices and tender potatoes to shine.

Oil: Used for sautéing and cooking the spices, oil helps release the aromatic compounds, infusing the dish with irresistible flavors.

Spices: Cumin seeds, bay leaf, cloves, black cardamom, peppercorn, and cinnamon come together to create a fragrant bouquet of spices, elevating the taste of the pulao to new heights.

Green Chillies: Adding a subtle heat, green chillies provide a gentle kick to the dish, balancing out the flavors with their vibrant freshness.

Ginger and Garlic Paste: These aromatic pastes form the flavor base of the dish, adding depth and complexity to the overall taste profile.

Onions and Tomatoes: Finely sliced onions and juicy tomatoes contribute sweetness and tanginess, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the pulao.

Salt and Spice Powders: A harmonious blend of salt, turmeric powder, chili powder, Kashmiri chili, and garam masala adds layers of flavor and warmth to the dish, creating a delightful culinary experience.

Expert Tip: When sautéing the spices, be careful not to burn them. Toast them just until they become fragrant to release their flavors without overpowering the dish.

Serving Suggestions

  • Mint Raita: The cool and refreshing flavors of mint raita complement the warm and aromatic spices of Aloo Pulao perfectly. Simply mix yogurt with chopped mint leaves, salt, and a pinch of cumin powder to create this delicious side dish.
  • Pickles: Tangy and spicy pickles, such as mango pickle or lime pickle, add a burst of flavor to every bite of Aloo Pulao. The contrasting flavors create a harmonious balance that tantalizes the taste buds.
  • Salad: A crisp and refreshing salad made with cucumber, tomatoes, onions, and a squeeze of lemon juice adds freshness and texture to the meal. The vibrant colors and flavors of the salad contrast beautifully with the warm tones of the pulao.
  • Papad: Crispy and crunchy papadum or papad pairs wonderfully with Aloo Pulao, adding a satisfying crunch to each bite. Toast the papad over an open flame or microwave until crisp and serve alongside the pulao for a delightful texture contrast.
  • Chutney: A tangy and spicy chutney, such as tamarind or coriander chutney, adds a burst of flavor to the pulao. Drizzle it over the rice or serve on the side for dipping, enhancing the overall taste experience.
  • Yogurt: A dollop of creamy yogurt on the side helps balance out the heat from the spices in the pulao, offering a cool and soothing contrast to the warm flavors of the dish.
  • Fried or Boiled Eggs: For added protein, serve Aloo Pulao with fried or boiled eggs on the side. The creamy yolk and tender whites complement the rice dish, making it a more filling and satisfying meal.

Expert Tip: Ensure to soak the rice for at least 30 minutes before cooking. This helps the grains cook evenly and results in a fluffier texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to cook Aloo Pulao?

The cooking time for Aloo Pulao may vary depending on factors such as the type of rice used and the heat level. On average, it takes approximately 30-40 minutes to prepare Aloo Pulao from start to finish.

Can I use other vegetables instead of potatoes in Aloo Pulao?

Yes, you can customize Aloo Pulao by adding your favorite vegetables such as peas, carrots, or bell peppers. Simply adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure all the vegetables are cooked to perfection.

Is Aloo Pulao spicy?

The level of spiciness in Aloo Pulao can be adjusted according to personal preference. You can increase or decrease the amount of chili powder and green chilies to suit your taste.

Can I make Aloo Pulao in advance?

Yes, Aloo Pulao can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Simply reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

Is Aloo Pulao gluten-free?

Yes, Aloo Pulao is naturally gluten-free as it does not contain any wheat or gluten-containing ingredients. However, always check the labels of packaged spices and condiments to ensure they are gluten-free.

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Aloo Pulao

Aloo Pulao

by Nabeela Kauser
This aloo pulao recipe is a simple one pot rice dish that is perfect for dinner. Chunks of potatoes paired with lightly spiced soft and tender basmati rice. Serve this delicious rice recipe with a side of mint raita or yoghurt chutney.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 6
Calories 351 kcal


  • 500 g Potatoes Aloo
  • 300 g Rice
  • 50 ml Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 2 Bay Leaf
  • 8 Cloves Laung
  • 3 Black Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Peppercorn
  • 1 Piece Cinnamon
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 2 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 2 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 Onions
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • ½ tsp Chilli Powder
  • ½ tsp Kashmiri Chilli
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 600 ml Water


  • In a bowl cover the rice completely with cold water and leave to soak for at least 30 minutes
  • Whilst the rice is soaking in a pot heat up the oil until hot then add the whole spices and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant
  • Add the ginger paste, garlic paste, and green chillies then cook for another 1-2 minutes
  • Add the finely sliced onions and cook on medium for 6-8 minutes until browned – add a few tablespoons of the water to allow the onions to release some colour then cook for another 1-2 minutes
  • As the onions are cooking chop the potatoes into chunks then add into the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Add the tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.
  • Add the salt with the rest of the spices then cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Add the water then bring it to a gentle boil
  • Drain the rice then add into the pan and stir before increasing the heat to high then cook for 6-8 minutes
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat until most of the water is absorbed
  • Reduce the heat to low then cover and cook for 15 minutes
  • Serve with mint raita and enjoy!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 351kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 6gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.03gSodium: 461mgPotassium: 582mgFibre: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 455IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Aloo, Comfort Food, Food, Potato, Recipe, Rice, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
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