Karnataka Style Veg Palav | No Onion Garlic

February 1, 2024 (Last Updated: April 3, 2024)

This is a Karnataka Style Veg Palav made in one pot with no onion and garlic. It is fully done in a pressure cooker and needs only 30 minutes. It is packed full of flavours – mint, coriander, spices, vegetables and rice.

I am not kidding – but I have made this five times in the last month. It is wholesome, feels like a complete meal and best of all, my one year old can have it too. To make this pulao, I use sona masoori rice instead of basmati. I find it works really well for a mint and coconut based dish complimenting the south indian flavours. This dish rakes inspiration from the Karnataka Tarkari pulao, however I would think that will have onions.

How to make Pulao in Instant Pot

In an IP ( I use a 6qt), set on Saute Mode and add the ghee, followed by spices, ground mix, vegetables, rice and water and pressure cook for 5 minutes. Release pressure after 3 minutes.

Karnataka Style Veg Palav | No onion garlic

Packed with fresh mint and wholesome vegetables, this one-pot wonder is a breeze to make in your pressure cooker. This recipe has no onion, no garlic and is a hearty dish spiced with kalpasi, cinnamon and is full of flavour.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword 30 minute meals, one pot recipe, pulao
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 3


For the masala:

  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 green chillies
  • 3 tbsp coconut
  • 1/2 cup of cleaned mint leaves
  • Small handful of coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp kalapsi also known as black stone flower
  • 1 bayleaf torn into two, if its too big
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/4 cup water

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1.5 cups mixed vegetables carrot, peas, potato, beans
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup rice ponni, sonamasoori or any short-grain rice, rinsed and soaked
  • 2.5 cups water
  • A squeeze of lemon juice


Prepare the Ground Paste

  • In a blender or grinder, combine all the ingredients listed under “for the masala” and grind to a smooth paste using 1/4 cup water.

Cooking Pulao

  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a 2L pressure cooker.
  • Add 1 tsp cumin seeds and sauté for about a minute over low flame.
  • Next, add the ground paste to the cooker and sauté for another minute on low flame.

Add Vegetables and Spices

  • Add 1.5 cups of mixed vegetables (carrot, peas, potato, beans) to the cooker.
  • Add in 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp salt.
  • Add Rice and Water
  • Add 1 cup of rinsed and soaked rice to the cooker.
  • Pour in 2.5 cups of water and add a squeeze of lemon juice.

Cooking the Pulao

  • Allow the mixture to come to a boil on a medium flame.
  • Once boiling, close the pressure cooker with its lid and cook for 2 whistles.
  • After the whistles, turn the flame to low and let it simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, turn off the flame and let the pressure release naturally.
  • Once the pressure has settled, open the pressure cooker.
  • Serve the pulao hot with raita and chips for a delicious meal.

Watch me make it here!

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