Rich in protein and super easy to make, this brown rice green moong pulao can be a quick weeknight meal that is tasty, filling and a total hit with everyone in the family. Plus, it is super versatile too!
Read on to discover everything you need to know about making the pulao.
Ingredients For the Recipe
You’ll need a very short and simple list of ingredients to make the brown rice green moong pulao.
- Oil: 1 tbsp
- Bay leaves: 2
- Green chilies (sliced): 2
- Green gram (boiled): ¼ cup
- Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
- Red chili powder: 2 tsps
- Salt: 2 tsps or as per taste
- Tomatoes (chopped): ¼ cup
- Brown rice (cooked): 1 cup
- Coriander leaves (chopped): For garnish
How to Make the Brown Rice Green Moong Pulao
Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s what you need to do to make the pulao.
Heat oil in a pan. Add the bay leaves.
Add the green chilies next and saute.
Next, add the boiled green gram and the powdered spices. Mix well.
Add in the tomatoes next and let them cook for 2 minutes.
Next, add the cooked brown rice and mix well.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
Frequently Asked Questions
You sure can! While brown rice is a much healthier option, white rice can be a quick and easy swap for this pulao recipe. Just remember to use any long grained variety, and cook it until it is almost done, but not entirely cooked. This will ensure that the rice grains are nice and fluffy, and separate instead of being all clumped together.
If you aren’t using cooked rice, you can easily transform this brown rice green moong pulao into a one pot meal. All you need to do is follow the rest of the steps as is, and then add in the uncooked rice along with the water you’ll need to cook it.
Remember that if you are planning to make this as a one pot meal, you’ll need to use soaked (not cooked) green gram.
While the brown rice green moong pulao is already quite healthy and nutritious, you can also add in some other veggies and ingredients of your choice to make it more nutrient dense.
- Chopped carrots
- Green peas
- Chopped green beans
- Golden corn kernels
- Chopped spinach
- Chopped potatoes
Just like any other rice based dish, any leftovers of this pulao can be transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 days. To reheat, all you need to do is sprinkle a few drops of water on the pulao to lend it some moisture, and then microwave it.
Tips & Tricks to Make the Brown Rice Green Moong Pulao
Putting this dish together might be easy, but having these little tips and tricks handy can really make a difference and can get you to nail those flavors and textures.
- To make the brown rice green moong pulao more healthy and nutritious, use sprouted green gram.
- To ensure that the rice gets cooked nicely, consider soaking it for 20 minutes before you cook it.
- Want a little more flavor and nutrition in your pulao? Add some coconut milk into the mix.
- Don’t have green moong? You can swap it with pretty much any other lentil of your choice, and enjoy a nutritious and healthy pulao.
- Got some garam masala powder? Add in a pinch of that to the mix too- it can really amp up the flavor of the pulao like nothing else.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
This fragrant and delicious pulao can be enjoyed on its own, ideally when it is piping hot and just ready, or with a nice salad on the side. Indian raita is a classic accompaniment with most pulao dishes, so if you have a few extra minutes, definitely consider whipping it up.
Enjoyed trying your hands at this flavorful and delicious recipe? You might want to take it up a notch and team it up with these awesome sides.
Brown Rice Green Moong Pulao
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- 2 pcs Bay leaves
- 2 pcs Green chilies , (sliced)
- ¼ cup Green gram , (boiled)
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 2 teaspoon Red chili powder
- 2 teaspoon Salt
- ¼ cup Tomatoes , (chopped)
- 1 cup Brown rice , (cooked)
- 1 bunch Coriander leaves, (chopped)
- Heat oil in a pan. Add the bay leaves.
- Add the green chilies next and saute.
- Next, add the boiled green gram and the powdered spices. Mix well.
- Add in the tomatoes next and let them cook for 2 minutes.
- Next, add the cooked brown rice and mix well.
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and mix well.