ORANGE PULAV / ORANGE RICE /ORANGE PILAF - Guest post by Vidya Srinivasan

My next guest on Adhithi Devo Bhava series is Vidya from Traditionally Modern Food. Our friendship began very casually on Facebook and we have been chatting for a while now. She is a cool and pleasant person with lots of interest in cooking and learning new things. The connection became deeper when we came to know that our kids share something in common. Vidya will share that bit with you. The agreed to guest post for me and was so sweet to send me options to choose from. I was so impressed with her Orange Pulav recipe and here it is for you.  Do browse through her space for some wide range of options from simple meals to extravagant dishes. Thank you Vidya for being here and I wish you many more successful years of blogging.

I was so excited when Sowmya asked to me write a post for her blog. Blogging world introduced many amazing people to me, and I connected to Sowmya few months ago. We have been chatting since then. I was very happy when I knew both our kids share their birthdays and have something in common in name too :-) 

Sowmya is very friendly and helpful. She asked me if I can a write a post for her, and I was very happy and accepted, but with a little doubt on what to write.  I am a big fan of her pics and told her that my pics are not as good as hers. Without second thoughts she shared tips and offered to help me whenever needed. Happy to have such a sweet virtual friend. I love her home style cooking with a story about the recipe and cool pics. 

Thank you Sowmya for giving me an opportunity to write for you. Before getting into the recipe 

A small intro about my space . I am Vidya, author of “Traditionally Modern Food” blog. I enjoy various Cuisines, and started trying my hand in preparing the food I loved. You can find a mix of vegetarian Indian and International recipes in my space. I have a Little one, so I prefer spending less time in kitchen, and most of my recipes reflect that. Snacks are something I cherish, but I get conscious of the calorie factor, so I also try to make traditional Indian snacks with minimal oil (Baking).

One pot meal is such boon.  There are days when I feel like spending minimum time in the kitchen. Those days I immediately think about some quick variety rice.  I personally like the flavors of whole garam masala spices and usually add it almost many recipes I do.  Being a south Indian, during my school days, Lemon rice was one common lunch box item I had for many days. With minimal ingredients, citrus flavor creates such a great taste in lemon rice. Orange Pulav is a trial with yet another citrus fruit. Spices complement the taste. I remember my mom adding turmeric powder in Lemon rice for yellow color, I have added saffron to give nice orange color to this yummy pulav. 


  • Rice - 1/2 cup
  • Orange Juice - 1/2 cup
  • Saffron - 1/8 tsp
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Onion - 1, medium,thinly sliced
  • Ginger & Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Green chilli - 1, big, slit
  • Fresh/ Frozen Peas - 1/4 cup
  • Mint – few
  • Salt – as needed
  • Oil - 1/2 tbsp
  • Bay leaves – 1
  • Cinnamon - 1/4 stick
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Star anise – 1
  •  Soak the rice in Luke warm water for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
  •  Add oil in a pan and cook on medium heat. When oil is hot, add the whole spices and cook for 40 seconds. Add onion, garlic ginger paste and green chilli, cook till the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the peas and sauté for minute. Add rice and sauté for another minute
  •  Add mint, water, salt, saffron and orange juice; close the lid and cook the rice, stirring it occasionally. Fluff the cooked Pulav and serve it with raita/ chops/ salna/or any gravy.
My Notes:
  • I have used fresh orange juice without adding sugar. If you are using store-brought juice, use unsweetened.
  • Pulav can also be cooked in Rice cooker or pressure cooker.
  • If you are using dry peas, cook it separately and add it to the pulav.
  • Saffron gives nice color to the rice. Pinch of turmeric powder can be added instead.
  • Vegetables like carrot, beans, potato, corn, bell pepper extra can be added.
  •  Cashew, almond can be added for extra crunch.
  • If you prefer the pulav to be slightly sweet,  pineapple, raisin, apple etc. can be added towards the end.
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  1. Very unique and tempting Vidhya and Sowmya:)

  2. Thanks for posting dear:-) it's pleasure to write for ur space

  3. Such an interesting pulav. Nice scent and burst from my favourite fruit.

  4. Very unique, never thought of using orange juice to make pulav. - Sreelatha


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