Bengali Mishti Pulao (Bengali Sweet Pilaf)

This rice preparation or ‘Mishti Pulao’ (Sweet Pilaf) is very popular in every Bengali household. And every house has it’s own recipe of ‘Mishti Pulao’. In our house I have seen my ‘Thakuma’ (Grand Mother) cooking ‘Mishti Pulao’ in different ways, depending on the occasion and side dish that are going to be served. I already have shared a recipe of ‘Bengali Style Vegetable Pulao’ and will be sharing some more in future. I hope you are going to like this version of ‘Mishti Pulao’.


  • Basmati or Long Grain Aromatic Rice – 200 gms
  • Vegetables – 1 cup (I have used carrot, beans and green peas)
  • Dry Fruits – ¼ cup (Cashew, Almond and Raisin)
  • Green Chilli – 2-3
  • Bay Leaf – 2-3
  • Clove – 5-6
  • Green Cardamom – 2-3
  • Cinnamon – 2”
  • Whole Black Peppercorn – 1 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp or according to your taste
  • Salt – To taste
  • Ghee – 4 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tsp


  1. Wash and soak basmati rice in sufficient water for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes half cook the rice. Drain out the water and keep the rice separately.
  3. Heat oil and 2 tsp of ghee in a big heavy bottomed pan. Temper with bay leaf and whole garam masala. Sauté for a while.
  4. Add chopped vegetables and green chilli. Sauté till they turn a little soft.
  5. Next add cashew, almond and raisin.
  6. Add half cooked rice too.
  7. Add in sugar and salt.
  8. Next add water just to cover the rice.
  9. Cover and cook till all water dries up and rice is cooked.
  10. Drizzle 1-2 tsp of ghee and lightly turn the rice with a fork.
  11. Rest for 10-15 minutes. Serve  hot with any veg or non-veg curry.

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