I have previously tried Broccoli Rice in South Indian way and Chinese Style,  Broccoli Fried Rice and I wanted to try the North Indian Pulao version  with this healthy veggie. So today's post is Yummy 'Broccoli Pulav'. I very much wanted to add this veggie in my family diet as it contains so many health benefits. So i am trying out different combinations to see what combo works out with broccoli to suit the Indian Palatte.

      This is an easy to make healthy rice preparation & suits for quick lunch box recipes. I have added peas in this recipe. Adding peas is purely optional. This recipe could be tried with leftover rice too if it is not mushy. One pot meal;tastes really nice when consumed with Onion Raita and Pickle.

Broccoli Pulao


Broccoli, chopped- 1 medium sized head
Basmathi Rice/ Any rice used to prepare rice- 1 cup
Peas, fresh/ frozen- 2 tablespoons (optional)
Cinnamon bark- 2 pieces
Cardamom- 3
Bay leaf-1
Jeera/ Cumin seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
Onion, chopped- 1 1/2
Green Chillies, slit-3-4 big
Ginger- 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic- 1/2 teaspoon
Garam masala powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander leaves, chopped- 2 tablespoons
Salt- to taste
Oil- 3 teaspoons
Ghee- 1 teaspoon (optional)
Cashews- 5, broken

Broccoli Pulao


  • Half cook the rice with salt and drain the water and allow to cool.
  • Heat oil in a pan and roast the raw gram masala spices cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, bay leaf and  jeera.
  • Once you get the roasted aroma of spices, add the onion with green chillies and cook till soft.
  • Add ginger,  garlic and cook till the raw smell leaves.
  • Add the broccoli, salt and saute for a minute. Add the peas and sprinkle  a tablespoon or two of water; close with a lid and cook for two minutes.
  • Now add the garam masala and mix well.
  • Add the cooked rice and mix well. Add salt if required and sprinkle with coriander leaves.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and roast the cashew nuts till golden and add with the rice and mix well (This step is optional)