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Vegetable Palav, Karnataka style tarkari palav recipe

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


One pot tarkari palav / vegetable pulao recipe using veggies and home made masala. Perfect recipe for lunch box and can be made in under 30 minutes. Suitable for lunchbox.



Tarkari palav masala

  • 4 sprigs coriander leaves
  • 4 sprigs mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh shredded coconut
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger
  • 1/2 an onion (1/4 cup)
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1/2 cup water

For the palav

  • 3 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1 clove
  • 1 inch piece cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/2 an onion (1/4 cup), sliced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts
  • 2 cups veggies (green peas, cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, beans etc…)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sona masuri rice
  • 2 cups water


  1. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Grind all the ingredients listed under tarkari palav masala to a smooth paste. Add half a cup of water while grinding. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pressure pan and add in the spices. Saute for a few seconds. Add in the sliced onion and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Once the onions are soft, add in the chopped tomatoes, curry leaves and peanuts. Saute for a few minutes.
  5. Once the tomatoes are cooked and soft, add in the ground masala and mix well. Saute for a couple of minutes.
  6. Now add in the veggies. Add in the salt and the water.
  7. Once the water is boiling, add in the soaked and drained rice and let the mixture come to a boil. Once the mixture boils, cover the pressure pan with a lid and leave it exactly for 2 whistles on medium flame. Switch off the flame and let the pressure from the cooker release naturally.
  8. Vegetable palav is ready. Serve hot with kurma and yogurt.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins