Gatte Ka Pulao

Rajasthani Special Gatte ka Pulao also known as Ram Pulao, is rice preparation where  aromatic basmati rice is cooked with besan gatte(steamed and then fried gram flour dumplings) in Indian spices.

No onion no garlic Gatte Ka Pulao recipe with Stove-top Pressure Cooker and Instant Pot Method included.

The pulao is  cooked on festive or special occasions. Due to the climatic conditions of Rajasthan, vegetables are always not available throughout the year. Steamed, soft besan dumplings along with nuts like cashew nuts and raisins are added to make it a festive treat.

I love Rajasthani Cuisine, be it the Kachoris(Mawa Kachori Aur Pyaz Ki Kachoris), Dal Baati or Papad ki Subzi or Moong Dal Halwa. The food is full in flavours with Indian spices and  is cooked in desi ghee and easily available ingredients. I learnt most of my Rajasthani Cuisine form few of my college friends while doing my college from Rajasthan and from a Nita Mehta’s cookbook that a dear friend gifted me years back.

What is Gatte..

To make gatte pulao, we need gatte. To make gatte, we knead Gram flour/besan with spices and curd/yogurt, rolled in cylindrical form, steamed in boiling water cut into pieces, fried and added to pulao preparation. Making gatte may seem a long process, but believe the pulao gets ready within 30 minutes.

Gatte Curry a yogurt based curry, is another spicy treat that is prepared with gatte. Whenever people make Gatte Curry, they always make some extra gatte and to make pulao. It can served to your guest on special occasions or can be packed to lunch box for a wholesome meal.

To make soft gatte,  knead a soft dough. Yogurt/Curd  and cream is added to besan for soft gatte.

Let’s see how I make this flavorful and spicy Gatte Ka Pulao..


Gatte Ka Pulao

Gatte Ka Pulao

Gatte Ka Pulao, A spicy rice preparation made with steamed and fried besan/chickpea flour dumpling with aromatic Indian spices. Famous Rajasthani Gatte Ka Pulao Recipe.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine Indian, Rajasthani
Servings 4


For making Gatte

  • 1 Cup Besan/Chickpea Flour
  • 2-3 tbsp Yogurt/Curd
  • 1 tbsp Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Caraway Seeds/Ajwain
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda

For Gatte Pulao

  • 2 Cups Basamati Rice
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
  • 2-3 Green Cardamons
  • 1-2 Black Cardamoms
  • 4-5 Peppercorns
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida/Hing
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1-2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1-2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1" Ginger Piece
  • 1-2 Green Chillies(optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp Desi ghee/Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Cup Peas/Green Choliya(Chana) optional
  • 1 Potato(medium) optional)
  • 10-12 Cashew Nuts optional
  • 10-12 Raisins optional
  • Oil to shallow fry Gatte


Make Gatte

  • Wash and soak rice for 30 mins -1 hr.
  • Make all the ingredients under Gatte section, and knead to a soft dough. Add more yogurt if required. Do not any water to knead the dough.
  • Lightly oil the palms and roll out the dough in the form of cylinders as shown in the pic below.
  • Boil 4-5 cups of water in a pan, when the water comes to roaring boil, add gatte to it. Boil for 10-15 minutes in it. 
  • Let it cool and cut into 1/2" pieces. 
  • In a pan take oil, when the oil is hot enough, fry gatte till light brown, take out and keep aside.

To make Pulao

  • Wash and soak rice for 30 mins -1 hr. Coarsely crush ginger and chillies to a rough paste.
  • Heat oil and add cumin seeds, asafoetida and whole garam masala to it.. 
  • Add peas and fried gatte to it. You can also add cashew nuts and raisins, potatoes. 
  • Add the powdered masala(coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala).
  • Add rice and salt and mix.
  • Add water just enough to soak rice. Cook for 1-2 whistle, take off the flame and keep aside. Open once the pressure goes off. 
  • Fluff lightly with fork or spoon. Garnish with finely chopped fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with chutneys or raita. 

To cook in Instant Pot

  • Prepare and fry gatte as per the gatte recipe.
  • Switch on the saute mode. Follow the steps of making Pulao till adding rice and water. 
  • Cancel the saute mode, switch on the pressure cook mode , set the timer to 5 mins. Once the timer goes off, release the pressure with QPR (quick Pressure Release), check for the doneness of rice and fluff with fork or spoon and serve hot.


Add potatoes an peas as per choice. You can leave it if you want and make Pulao with gatte only.
Adjust (Green chillies and red chilli powder) spice level as per your taste.
You can make pulao in an open pan, for that add 3-4 cups of water to cook rice and cook till the rice is soft and water dries up. 
Desi ghee enhances the flavour of rice. Use any vegetable oil if you want to avoid it.
Pulao also goes well with any curd based curry like kadhi or papad ki subzi.
Keyword Besan, Chickpea Flour, Gatte, no-onion no-garlic recipe, Rajasthani Pulao, Ram Pulao

Stepwise pics for Gatte Ka Pulao..

Make it in Instant Pot/ Pressure Cooker or open pan as per your  preference

Do make this spicy Pulao for your special occasions and festivals like Holi, Teej or Diwali get together. I served this Rajasthani Lehsun Ki chutney and Boondi raita. Yogurt based curries like Kadhi also go well with it.

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This is 7th in my series of A-Z Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes, that I am taking to Mega Blogging Marathon April’19.

Day 7.. G.. Gatte Ka Pulao

This is an event where I along with a group of fellow bloggers are blogging everyday about Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes this whole April, with Sundays off.

My earlier posts for the event..

Day 1. A.. Aloo Matar Ki Tehri

Day 2.  B..Broccoli Mushroom Pulao

Day 3 . C..Chana Dal Khichdi

Day 4.. D for Dhaniya Pulao

Day 5. E.. Easy Steamed Rice in Instant Pot with Pot in Pot Method

Day 6. F.. Fresh Mint and Peas Pulao


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#99


Author: Swati

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32 thoughts

  1. Gatte ka pulao looks awesome, I too made this, but just skipped the shallow frying part. Would love to try your version. Awesome pick for the letter G.

  2. Such an elaborate dish this is and you have made it so tempting and tasty. Lovely pick for G

  3. Awesome Swati, the pulao looks stunning. I have this coming up. Though I am yet to make it. Can’t wait to make it.

  4. Your presentation is simply superb and the pulao looks so inviting. Between I love Rajasthani cuisine as well. I learned and still learning from my marwari friend. 🙂

  5. I had made something like this long time back and we loved it. I am sure there are some sall variations. I shall check to see the differences and try this version.

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