Basanti pulao is a traditional Bengali recipe made specially for festivals or special occasions.

Bengali Basanti Pulao

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 305 kcal
Author: Neha Mathur

Basanti pulao is a traditional Bengali recipe made specially for festivals or special occasions. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Gobindobhog Rice
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 10-12 Raisins
  • 10-12 Cashew Nuts
  • 2-3 Cardamom
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 cups Water
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 pinch Saffron

Instructions

  1. Wash the rice and soak in enough water for 30 minutes.

  2. Heat ghee in a pan.

  3. Add raisins and cashew nuts and fry until golden brown.

  4. Add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick and bay leaf and fry for a few seconds.

  5. Drain the rice and add it in the pan.

  6. Add water, sugar and saffron.

  7. Simmer the heat to low.

  8. Cook the rice until all the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked.

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

  10. Fluff the rice gently with a fork.

  11. Garnish with slivered almonds and pistachios and saffron strands.

  12. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts
Bengali Basanti Pulao
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 121mg3%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.