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Ivy Gourd Rice Pulao

Ivy Gourd Rice Pulao (Vegan & Glutenfree)

Ivy Gourd (Tend-leeh in my mother tongue) is a mild, sweetish tasting vegetable that is used in stir fries, gravies and rice based dishes called “Pulao or Bhaat”. This unassuming vegetable was discovered by the Kool Kosher Kitchen a few days ago, who invited me to put up a traditional dish featuring Ivy Gourd. My mother used to make this with fresh gourd but, I could only find the frozen version after looking in a few places!

This quick Ivy Gourd Rice Pulao preparation is made with soaked and rinsed Basmati rice, Ivy gourd and lots of dried spices to transform into an exciting main meal ready under 30 minutes in my trustypressure cooker. This pulao tastes best with some vegan yogurt!

We need,

  • Ivy Gourd, sliced – 1.5 cups (I used the frozen cut version)
  • Basmati Long Grain Rice – 1.5 cups ( soaked for 1 hour, rinsed and drained)
  • Coconut Oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander Seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Cardamom, green – 4 to 5
  • Cinnamon stick – 2″ piece
  • Cloves – 4
  • Fenugreek Seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric, powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves – 10 to 12
  • Bay leaf – 1 large
  • Green Chillies, minced – 2
  • Onion, sliced – 1 medium
  • Ginger root, minced – 2″ piece
  • Garlic Clove, minced – 1
  • Dessicated Coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a pressure cooker pan, add the cumin seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek seeds, green chillies, curry leaves, bay leaf, dessicated coconut and asafoetida. Roast until golden on a medium flame.
  2. To above spice mix add sliced onions and stir until golden. Tip in the ginger and garlic, cook until the raw smell goes off and onions start to look golden.
  3. Add the Ivy Gourd and coat well in the spice mixture.
  4. Lastly mix in the rice and sauté on a medium flame for a few minutes.
  5. Add 2.5 cups of hot water and salt to taste, mix well. Cover the pressure cooker pan with a lid and cook on medium flame for 7 to 8 minutes.
  6. Take off the heat, release the pressure.

Sprinkle dessicated coconut on the top of the Ivy Gourd Rice Pulao before serving warm! 😀




I am an enthusiastic plant based home cook and baker who delights in sharing my creations on unsuspecting non vegans, when they least expect it! When not recipe developing, testing or making, I'm found organising and/ or writing, the two other passions of my life ❤️