How to make Fiery Tadka Pulao - SK Khazana -

Leftover rice can be transformed in many ways – try this one and enjoy it with your family

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Leftover cooked Basmati rice, Onion (प्याज़ )

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Rice

Fiery Tadka Pulao - SK Khazana

Fiery Tadka Pulao - SK Khazana Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Fiery Tadka Pulao - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Leftover cooked Basmati rice 1 1/2 cups

  • Onion 1 medium

  • Ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Cloves 3-4

  • Green cardamoms 2-3

  • Black peppercorns 5-6

  • Bay leaf 1

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1/2 tablespoon

  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Tomatoes chopped 2 medium

  • Salt to taste

  • Carrot cut into diamonds and blanched 1 medium

  • Cauliflower cut into small florets and blanched with turmeric 1/2 small

  • French beans cut into diamonds and blanched 5-6

  • Frozen green peas boiled 2-3 tablespoons

  • Coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Tempering

  • Ghee 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Green chillies diagonally sliced 2-3

  • Ginger cut into thin strips 1 inch


Step 1

Roughly chop onion. Heat ghee in a non-stick pan, add cumin seeds, cloves, green cardamoms, black peppercorns and bay leaf and sauté till fragrant.

Step 2

Add onion, mix and sauté till it turns golden brown.

Step 3

Add ginger-garlic paste, mix and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat, add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and cumin powder, mix well and saute for 1-2 minutes.

Step 4

Add tomato and salt, mix well, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 5

Add ¼ cup water and mix well. Add carrots, cauliflower, French beans, green peas, coriander leaves, rice and a little salt and mix well. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on very low heat.

Step 6

Meanwhile for the tadka, heat 1 tbsp ghee in a tempering pan, add green chillies and ginger strips, mix and sauté for a few seconds. Sprinkle a little water and let it catch fire. Add this to the rice mixture and cover immediately. Uncover after 1-2 minutes and toss lightly.

Step 7

Transfer into a serving plate, garnish with mint sprig and serve hot with papad and raita.

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