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Basonti (or Basanti) Pulao / বাসন্তী পোলাও / Holud Pulao / Mishti Pulao


This is a traditional bengali dish. 'Basanti' means yellow colour. You can also call this Sweet (mishti) Pulao. My mom make this in many gatherings along with Macher Kalia or Mutton Kosha. I have literally no words about the combination. This is the must combination 'he' wants on his birthday. But once we had this with Chicken Dopyaza (already on blog) and that combo was also so good! Give it a try and let me know how it turned out for you.


  • Kalijeera or Gobindovog rice 2 cups.
  • Few raisins.
  • Clarified butter / ghee 2 Tablespoons.
  • Green cardamom 5.
  • One small cinnamon stick.
  • Four cloves.
  • One bay leaf.
  • 1 Teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • Salt and sugar.
  • 4 cups of Warm water.
  • 2 Tablespoons of condensed milk.

Basonti (or Basanti) Pulao / বাসন্তী পোলাও / Holud Pulao / Mishti Pulao


Wash the rice thoroughly with cold water. Do not wash the rice twice as you may lose the nice fragrance of that special rice. Then mix 1 Tablespoon of ghee in the rice and let it rest for 15 minutes by covering the bowl.
Take a pan. Heat the remaining ghee.
Now add the raisins (you can also add cashews) and fry for 2 minutes on low flame, then remove them from pan. After that add green cardamom cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon stick. Saute them for a minute.
Then add the rice. Fry it for 5 minutes on low flame.
Now add turmeric powder or yellow food color and those fried raisins. Mix it very well.
Then add 4 cups of hot water along salt. Mix well and taste the water. At this point water should taste salty.
Increase the heat to high and let the water come to a boil. Then cover the pan, decrease the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.
Then add 2 Tablespoons of sugar and condensed milk. If you don't want to use condensed milk then increase the amount of sugar. Mix well and cover the pan for another 5 minutes on very low flame.
Sometime you can find the rice a bit sticky. Don't panick!!
Switch off the heat and let it rest for another 10 minutes with the lid on and then the rice will be fluffy.

Additional Info

Recipe Category: Main dishes: Vegetarian
Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3

Your basanti pulao is ready ...
  • Serve hot with any type of spicy gravy.

Basonti (or Basanti) Pulao / বাসন্তী পোলাও / Holud Pulao / Mishti Pulao

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