Beetroot Pulav

Cooks in: 10 Minutes Serves: 2 People

A simple tasty pulav using Beetroot. It is an OPOS dish. 


  • 1 cup Kodo Millet
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion cut into long slices
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 3/4 cup cut beetroot
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 3/4 tsp dhaniya powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1 clove
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1 cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onion (optional)
  • 1.5 cups of water + 2 tbsp


  1. Wash and soak the millet for 30 minutes.
  2. Layer 1 : In a 2 litre pressure cooker, add oil and 2 tbsp of water.
  3. Layer 2: Place the onion slices in such a way that it covers the base of the cooker.
  4. Layer 3: Add ginger garlic paste.
  5. Layer 4: Spread the drained millet.
  6. Layer 5: Spread the beetroot cubes and peas.
  7. Layer 6: Add all the spice powders one by one.
  8. Layer 7: Add the whole spices mentioned above.
  9. Layer 8: Add spring onions and coriander leaves.
  10. Layer 9: Finally add 1.5 cups of water from the sides of the cooker without disturbing the layers.
  11. Close the cooker and place it on the heat source and cook for  2 whistles on high.
  12. Let the pressure settle down. Open fluff up and serve.

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  1. This is a regular dish at my place and I have tried this with Kodo, Little, Banyard and Foxtail millets. All the time the same grainy, beautiful texture. Thanks, VV, all your recipes are amazing!

  2. Hi VV, this is Mridula from our opos school. I tried this with foxtail millet. Unfortunately, that’s the only millet I found here. Its very good. I scaled it up so that I can take it for lunch the next day for me and hubby.
    Children arent into millets yet, maybe one day.

    1. Hi Mridula,
      Happy to get a validation from you! You can use foxtail millet for almost all recipes shared in the site. Please try other recipes like Tahiri, burnt garlic rice, capsicum rice etc.

  3. Beetroot pulao has become a regular lunch box menu in our house. We generally make kootu or poriyal with beetroot. But pulao was a new to me. I make it with millets for me and hubby and with basmathi rice for children. The colour of the pulav is really inviting. Goes well with onion and cucumber raitha. Thanks you.

    1. Hi Rama,
      I know how much your children love this pulav. Thanks for trying this with millets and validating the recipe.

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