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Tricolor "Indian Flag" Pulao

For Indian Independence Day (August 15), break out this tasty and patriotic tricolor pulao recipe

Pulao is a traditional Indian rice dish served on both regular and special occasions. If preparing it for a national holiday (like Indian Independence Day on August 15), this orange, white, and green version will make a big splash and absolutely wow your guests.

This recipe comes courtesy of EzyShine.com.


First, soak 1 cup of rice for a half hour.

Boil the water and cook the rice for 10 minutes.

Drain the excess water and keep the rice aside. Divide the rice (about 3 cups when cooked) into 3 parts.


For orange rice

  • 1 Cup cooked rice
  • 1/4 Cup tomato puree
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 Teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 Teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ghee
  • Salt, to taste

For green rice

  • 1 Cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 Bowl palak or peas puree
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger and green chilli paste
  • 2 Tablespoons ghee
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Salt, to taste

For white rice

  • 1 Cup cooked rice
  • 2 Tablespoons ghee
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 Bowl chopped onion
  • Salt, to taste


For orange rice

Heat a frying pan and add ghee.

Add cumin seeds and ginger paste. Stir it for 1 minute.

Now add tomato puree, red chilli powder, salt, and turmeric powder. Cook it for 1 minute.

Add 1 section of cooked rice and mix it well. Cook it for 5 minutes.

For green rice

Take a frying pan and pour ghee in it.

Heat it and add cumin seeds.

Now add the ginger and green chilli paste and saute it for a minute.

For green color, mix in peas or palak puree.

Sprinkle the salt and stir it.

Finally add another section of rice and mix well. Cook the rice for 5 minutes.

For white rice

Heat a frying pan and add some ghee to it.

Add cumin seeds and onion. Cook the onion until it becomes translucent or a little golden brown.

Sprinkle salt and stir.

Finally add the leftover rice and cook it for 5 min.

When all three colors or rice have been prepared, in a serving plate or bowl, first place green rice, then white rice, and finally top it with orange rice.

Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves, lemon slices, and chopped onions (optional).