Orange Pulao Rice – Vegan

Orance rice


This pulao is simple, rich and flavourful. The rice is cooked in orange juice, coconut milk with indian spices which is aromatic and has a sweet and tangy tones. Just to keep it simple I haven’t used any veggies in this pulao however can be included if desired. Adding nuts adds rich and nutty taste to the dish.

I cooked this pulao in a pot but this can be pressure cooked as well.

This dish can be served for breakfast or packed lunch with a side dish (Baby potato gravy)/yogurt dips

Serves: 3
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • Brown rice-2cups
  • Orange juice-1cup
  • Coconut milk-1cup
  • Water-2cups
  • Slit green chillies-3
  • Clove-4
  • Cardamom-2
  • Bay leaf-1
  • Saffron strands-a big pinch (soaked in 2-3tbsp of coconut milk/milk)
  • Black cumin seeds-1tsp (can use regular cumin seeds instead)
  • Dry nuts- a handful (cashew, almonds, pistachio, walnuts)
  • Raisins-1tbsp
  • Salt- to tatse
  • Oil-1tbsp


  • Orange pulp from one orange.


  • In a pan dry roast nuts, raisins and set aside.
  • Rinse and soak rice for 45minutes-1hour. After soaking drain.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cloves, cardamom and saute for 1-2minutes.
  • Add soaked and drained rice and saute for 3-4minutes.
  • Add coconut milk, water, salt cover and cook for 5-8minutes on a medium-high flame, stirring in between.
  • Then add orange juice mix well and continue to cook on slow flame for about 15-20minutes or till the rice is cooked.
  • Turn off the flame and add roasted nuts, soaked saffron strands mix well.
  • Garnish with orange pulp.

I served this with baby potato gravy (link)


  • Using fresh orange juice preferable than store bought.
  • Vegetables of choice can be included.
  • It can also be served with raita/yogurt dip (link).

I am bringing this to VVLP#16


About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on September 2, 2014, in Indian, Main dish, Vegan. Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. My family loves rice! I know they will gobble this one up. 🙂


  2. Looks so yummy. Your presentation of this dish is beautiful! I definitely want to try your dishes. Thank you for sharing your talents!


  3. Sweet as a Picture

    I love your presentation. Your meal looks enticing. 🙂


  4. Chitra, never thought rice with orange juice!!! Sure have to try this, looks awesome!!!


  5. that’s interesting… never heard anything like it before..must try


  6. My co sis do orange rice I have tried twice but coconut milk s nice Addition C..


  7. This sounds really good. I bet my boys would enjoy this dish.


  8. Nice plate decoration……..rice with orange juice……really innovative…. 🙂


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