Kheema Pulao – Meal Fit For A King


Today’s recipe is one from my list of Party Favorites. You see, I enjoy eating most when I have a lot of people to feed; I was somehow brought up like that. I simply love company and I am most definitely picky about presentation.

Back home in India, parties meant that the fine china was brought out a day in advance, washed, cleaned and hand dried to make sure there was not a spot on any of the cutlery. The table was covered with a beautiful embroidered tablecloth and everything simply felt like a dream.

However, when you no longer live in your parents house and have no help to wash the dishes; the intricacies of organizing a party somewhat disappears. Entertaining friends for dinner and serving them in plastic plates would give my mother a seizure, yet as long as she’s not around or reading my post I think, I will always win her favor.

Today’s party recipe is Kheema Pulao, the reason I chose this recipe is because my last post was a Kheema recipe. This dish is extremely simple and looks gorgeous when placed upon the table. This Kheema Pulao should stuff four big eaters but requires a round baking dish.

I always like keeping a little extra Kheema on the side when serving this dish on the table.


1½ Cup boiled basmati rice
3/4th Cup clotted cream
½ Cup curd
2. Potatoes cut into large pieces and fried
2. Hard boiled eggs cut into pieces
Cooked Kheema – Click here for Recipe


For Yellow Rice

Half portion of the boiled white rice
1 tsp. Saffron
2 Pcs. Lemon Juice
3 tbsp. of Hot water


In a small bowl add 1 teaspoon of saffron and the juice of two lemons, to this add 3 tablespoons of hot water and keep aside for 20 minutes.
Divide the boiled rice into two portions, in one portion add the clotted cream and in the other add the saffron mixture.

Layer a baking dish with the creamed rice
Next, layer the dish with kheema. Don’t forget to be generous
Add a layer of curd then the potatoes and eggs before covering it all up with the yellow rice.
Cover the dish with silver foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350

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10 thoughts on “Kheema Pulao – Meal Fit For A King

  1. foods for the soul April 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM Reply

    Your parties with fancy china sound so sophisticated! For our “fancier” dinners, we just got the not-so-cracked plates out of the cabinet and rinsed them off quickly while the food cooled on the countertop. Slight bit of procrastination, but the laughs at the dinner table made up for it!

    • laishacooper April 18, 2013 at 10:31 PM Reply

      Hi Amy, I really look back and now miss those days. My dad loved his parties and my mom dint know how to cook. So, all the prep work was thanks to our cook Ramji, who I still need to call every time disaster strikes my kitchen.

      • foods for the soul April 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        That’s sweet that she still helps you, even from far away!

      • laishacooper April 19, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        That’s what moms are for

        Sent from my iPhone

  2. asha April 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM Reply

    wow..that’s an eye pleasing layer of colors leaving the mouth watering…i must try this…

    • laishacooper April 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM Reply

      Hi Asha, please do, this recipe is so so easy and absolutely mouthwatering.. Do let me know how it turns out.

  3. WB April 18, 2013 at 11:39 PM Reply

    That looks so good.

    • laishacooper April 18, 2013 at 11:45 PM Reply

      Thank you …. But you can trust me when I say it tastes even better than it looks

      • WB April 18, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        I’m sure it does.

      • laishacooper April 19, 2013 at 12:01 AM


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