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Kashmiri Pulao

Kashmiri Pulao, a rich Pulao recipe from the beautiful state of Kashmir (India).  A flavourful rice preparation where, cooked rice is tossed in nuts/dry fruits  and fresh together. The dish is also infused with saffron milk for the flavour and beautiful color.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Rice soaking time30 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Indian, Kashmiri
Keyword: Dry fruits Pulao, Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Author: Swati


  • 1.5 Cup Basmati Rice
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 8-10 Saffron Strands
  • 1/2 Cup Thinly sliced Onions
  • 8-10 Almonds
  • 8-10 Cashew Nuts
  • 10-12 Raisins and Cranberries
  • 2 tbsp Desi Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
  • 2 Bay Leafs
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Black Cardamoms
  • 3-4 Green Cardamoms
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 4-5 Black Peppercorns
  • 4-5 Mint Leaves
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced apples cubes
  • 1 tbsp Pomegranate Seeds
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash rice -2-3 times. Soak in enough water for at least 30 min. Add saffron strands in milk to prepare infused saffron milk.
  • In a pan fill enough water and cook rice till half done. Drain water from rice and keep aside.
  • In a pan add ghee and fry cashew nuts and almonds till light brown and give aroma. Take out and keep aside.
  • Add raisins and cranberries and fry for a minute. Take out and keep aside.
  • Add thinly sliced onions, and fry till brown, Add sugar, it helps in quick caramelisation of onions.
  • Once the onions are brown, take out. In remaining ghee add the whole spices and rice and salt.
  • Add saffron infused rice, onions, fried nuts and dry fruits(raisins and cranberries).
  • Mix rice with other ingredients with very light hands. Take care the rice should not get mushy.
  • Add mint leaves roughly torn. Cover the pan with for few minutes and keep for 5 minutes on low flame. This will infuse all the flavours in rice, 
  • Before serving garnish pulao with pomegranate seeds and cubed apples.


To prepare rice refer to Steamed Rice post. Cook rice till half done, then drain the water and use rice as per recipe directions.
Also you can cook rice with bay leaf and cardamoms and other whole spices. 
You can also prepare jeera rice and then add the other ingredients as per the recipe.