Colorful Pullao Recipe


  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • l litre Water
  • 4 Cardamom pods
  • 450 gms Basmati Rice
  • 75 gms Unsalted Butter
  • A few drops each of Yellow, Green and Red Food Colouring


  1. Wash the rice twice, drain and set aside in a sieve.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, and throw in the cloves, cardamoms, bay leaf and salt. Lower the heat and add the rice. Fry for about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the water and bring to the boil. As soon as it has boiled, cover the pan and reduce the heat. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Just before you are ready to serve the rice, pour a few drops of each colouring at different sides of the pan. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, mix gently and serve.

Tip: Before cooking, rinse the rice several times, until the water comes out clear. This removes any starch and residue, otherwise the rice may be sticky.

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