This is my favourite type of Pulao or as lovingly we call it in our family Poloa 🙂 . I made it easy!



To make sweet basanti pulao, you will need

1 cup Basmati Rice

2 Cups of Water (for the final stage)

1 tbs ghee

2 tbs of vegetable oil

10 to 12 pieces of whole cashew nuts

10 to 12 pieces of resins (kismis)

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbs sugar

1 tsp salt (optional)


 1 bay-leaf

1 tsp whole cumin seeds

1 inch long cinnamon stick

2 to 3 whole green cardamom

3 to 4 whole cloves

1 tsp of Garam Mashla


In a bowl keep the rice immersed for half an hour and then drain the water. Clean the rice under running water couple of times.??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????

In a kadai take couple of table-spoons full of vegetable oil and one table spoon ghee, wait till the ghee melts and the oil is moderately hot.

Add a bay leaf and whole spices, a pinch of whole cumin seeds, one cinnamon stick, couple of green cardamom, three-four cloves. Stir for few seconds and then add the rice in. ???????????????????????????????

Sauté the rice for a minute with a pinch of turmeric, which will bring the yellow colour of the pulao.??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????

Add a table-spoon full of sugar, a pinch of salt, 10-12 cashew nuts, 10-12 raisins and sauté some more in low heat.

Add the water and cover the pan.

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Cook till the rice is done and all the water has evaporated. If required add a little water in between. ???????????????????????????????

Sprinkle some powdered garam-mashla on top and serve with your favourite dry veg or non-veg curry.



  1. Immerse the rice in water for half hour and then clean in running water
  2. In a kadai heat some vegetable oil and ghee
  3. Add bay leaf and whole spice, sauté for few seconds
  4. Add the clean rice and sauté for a minute
  5. Add turmeric powder, cashew nuts, raisins, sugar and salt. Sauté for another minute.
  6. Add water and cook covered
  7. Cook till done.
  8. Sweet Basanti Pulao ready to serve with your favourite saahi curry.
Sweet Basanti Pulao
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4 thoughts on “Sweet Basanti Pulao

  • August 29, 2017 at 3:31 pm


  • October 19, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Thnx for the lovely recipie

  • December 30, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    What would be the rice to water ratio?

  • December 30, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    What would be the rice to water ratio?


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