June 29, 2009

Butter Bean Pualo

From past few weeks, I reach home exhausted with absolutely no energy to do anything - let alone cook & blog. So, I have been cooking pretty simple (and more often eating out!) and in my very little free time, I am engrossed in New Moon. I just started it 3 days ago and thought it was as engaging as it predecessor. :)

Today's dish is something I tasted at one the potlucks at my office. - a tasty yet simple 'Butter Bean Pulao'. It takes 20 mins flat to make it and with a spicy side dish as an accompaniment, it would make a healthy lunch/dinner.

This is my entry to My Legume Love Affair: 12th Helping, guest hosted by Anarasa, a brainchild of lovely Susan @ The Well Seasoned Cook.

Butter Bean Pulao


2 cups of rice, soaked for 30 mins
1 cup butter beans (or lima beans) [ I used frozen!]
1 medium onion, sliced into thin strips
2 cloves
1 small cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
2 tsp butter
Salt to taste
1/8 tsp turmeric
2 tsp biryani masala
1 tsp coriander-cumin powder
few mint leaves


1. Heat butter in a flat bottom pan, add cloves, cinnamon stick and bay leaves. Saute onion until golden brown on medium heat.

2. Add all the dry powders - turmeric, salt, biryani masala and coriander-cumin powder. Drop the butter beans with mint leaves. Mix well. Let it cook for 1-2 mins. Add a tbsp of water if needed.

3. Now add soaked rice and fry for 2-3 mins. Add 3 cups of boiling water and cook it covered for 15-20 mins on medium-low flame. Once done, let it sit for 2 mins and serve with any side dish!!


Have a great week ahead.



  1. Welcome back! I was wondering where you were.

  2. Delicious and droolworthy dish Siri!

  3. Love anything in lima beans. yummy...

  4. Interesing, never made pulav using butter beans, infact never used butter beans much, this is the second dish I have seen with butter beans, got to try it soon!

  5. Loved your Pulao...and a great pic too:)


  6. I know how those as are like..come on cheer up Gal...
    you pulav looks yummy

  7. Great to see a post from you after a long time, Siri. Pulao looks delicious!! Hope that all's well with you, dear. :)

  8. just wanted to drop in and say a hi :) now let me go check our your recipe :D

  9. Quick, yummy and moreish! Would love some just about now.

  10. Delicious dish. Looks really yummy and the picture is perfect. Your tag line of the blog is awesome. ;)

    Here for the first time and like your blog a lot. will keep visiting. Keep it going.

    Do take a look at my blogs when you find time.

  11. Very interesting pulao, sounds yum!

  12. I love the versatility of a pulao.

  13. I love the Rice ....you hav the wonderful space here.. good collection of recipes... will be often here.

  14. I was looking out for different rice recipes. This is on my to do list next!!

  15. What is the buryani masala you are referring here .. can you recommend any readymade brand which we can use ??

    1. Hi Bhavya,

      any Indian store will have various brands of biryani masala. Try Everest.



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