How to Make Rajasthani Gatta Pulao - Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Rajasthani Gatta Pulao

Thinking what new to pack for your kid’s lunch box every day? Well, we are here to help. Check out this traditional ‘Rajasthani Gatta Pulao’ – it sure is different from the regular rice dishes you prepare frequently. If your mornings are busy, you can prepare the ‘gatta’ used in this pulao, the previous day. You can make it in larger quantity and later prepare a gatta curry for yourself.


Serves Preparation Time Cooking Time
2 People
25 – 30 Minutes
10 – 15 Minutes


  • 2 cup boiled rice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 dried red chili
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • 3 tbsp chopped cashew nuts
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • ½ cup boiled green peas

For Gatta (besan dumplings)

  • 3 tbsp besan
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp carom seeds
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • A generous pinch of turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Water a little (use cautiously)


Step 1

In order to make this pulao, boil rice in advance and let them cool completely. The next step is to prepare the Rajasthani gatta.

Step 2

To make gatta, take a bowl and all the ingredients listed for making these dumplings, except water. Mix well and add water drop by drop to form soft dough.

Step 3

Apply oil in your hands and shape the dough into think cylinders (like bread sticks).

Step 4

In a pan boil 3 cups of water and add these dough cylinders. Cover and cook it for 15 min on a low flame.When cooked, cut them dumplings in 1/2” pieces. Set aside.

Step 5

Once this prep work is done, we can go ahead and make the pulao. In a large pan, heat oil. When the oil is heated, add asafetida, cumin seeds, bay leaf and red chili. When the cumin seed crackles, add cloves, cardamom, cashews and cooked gatta pieces. Fry them, till the gatta pieces are golden.

Step 6

Now add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, raisins, boiled peas, and stir. Add the cooked rice. Stir such that the spices are evenly distributed. Sprinkle garam masala, stir and cover. Turn the heat on low. Heat for 2 minutes and then take it off heat.

Step 7

Pack it into your kid’s lunch box with some salad and roasted papad.

Nutritional Information

Calories 657 K cal
Proteins 13.4 g
28.7 g
Carbohydrates 88.2 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Sodium 1190 mg
Potassium 568 mg


Tip: You can boil rice and make the gatta a night in advance.
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