Junglee Pulao Rice Pilaf Recipe

Basmati Rice
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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
474 Calories
15g Fat
59g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 4
Amount per serving
Calories 474
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 209mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Protein 24g
Calcium 94mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

My mother and her mother before her, have cooked Junglee Pulao for years. It is a hodge-podge of all sorts of ingredients, hence the silly name (Junglee means wild or crazy in Hindi) which came about one mealtime when the family was having fun and trying to be creative!


  • 250 gms leftover meat (lamb or beef) curry
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 2 tbsps garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 green chilies slit lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder
  • 1 cup mixed vegetable (beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, potato, etc)
  • 2 1/2 cups hot water
  • 3 tbsps vegetable/ canola/sunflower cooking oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Wash the Basmati rice well and soak in a bowl of water for 15-20 minutes.

  3. Heat the oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed pan and add the onions. Fry till golden.

  4. Add the garlic and ginger pastes and fry till light brown.

  5. Add all the powdered spices, tomatoes and green chilies. Fry till the oil begins to separate from the masala.

  6. Add the rice, leftover meat curry, veggies, and water and mix well. Add salt to taste.

  7. Bring the rice to a boil, simmer, cover and cook till all the water dries up. If the rice is still slightly uncooked add half a cup of water to it and continue to cook.

  8. Serve piping hot with fresh yogurt and a pickle.