This Punjabi Wadi Chawal rice dish is well flavored and prepared just like any pulao or biryani, with wadis added for that extra texture. The wadies are slightly fried before adding to the rice giving them a very earthy flavour.

Punjabi Wadi Pulao

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 421 kcal
Author: Neha Mathur

Punjabi Wadi Chawal is a rice dish that is well flavored and prepared just like any pulao or biryani. It is also very healthy and very nutritious. Here is how to make Wadi Pulao.



  • 2 cups Long Grain Basmati Rice
  • 3-4 Urad Dal Wadi Slightly crushed
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tbsp Oil And for frying wadi
  • 2 Bay leaf
  • 1 inch stick Cinnamon
  • 2-3 Green cardamom
  • 1/2 cup Onions Thinly sliced
  • 2 Green chillies Slit into halves
  • Salt To taste
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice


  1. Wash the rice and soak in enough water for 20 minutes.

  2. Heat oil in a pan and once the oil is hot, fry the wadi until they are browned.

  3. Drain and keep aside.

  4. Heat ghee and 1 tbsp oil in a pan.

  5. Add bay leaf, cinnamon and cardamom and fry for a few seconds.

  6. Add onion and fry until golden brown.

  7. Drain the rice and add it in the pan along with green chilli, salt, garam masala, lemon juice and 4 cups of water.

  8. Cover the pan and cook the rice on low heat until all the absorbed and rice is cooked.

  9. Remove the pan from heat and let the rice rest for 5 minutes.

  10. Fluff the rice with a fork.

  11. Serve hot with any raita of your choice.

Nutrition Facts
Punjabi Wadi Pulao
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Potassium 146mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 78g 26%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin C 6.5%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 5.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.