Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quick Vegetable Pulao - Instant Pot Method

A very happy new year to all :) I know I am a little late in wishing you all but this winter has been crazy. Last couple of years, we have had a very mild winter but this year winter has come back with vengeance. Schools are delayed or mostly closed due to snow . That means my kiddo is always home. So we are busy daily either playing in the snow or showelling the snow off the drive way or sledding. On the cooking front, we have been baking alot...cookies especially:) Now that I have two instant pot, cooking is a breeze. On my busy days , I make this easy and quick VEGETABLE PULAO  using my Instant Pot. It gets prepared in no time and I am a happy person :)

I own two Instant Pot (Instant pot Duo 7 -in-1 6 quart). Ever since I bought them, life is good:) I have reduced stove top cooking alot. I have already share the Dal makhani recipe prepared using Instant pot. In the months to come, I will share more recipes using the INSTANT POT.

In this recipe, I have used my own simple spice mix rather than the store bought garam masala. I have used fresh vegetables but you can use frozen vegetables instead. The spice level of this rice can be adjusted as per ones own taste. It serving with a spicy curry, make it mild. If serving just with raita, then you can increase the spice level.The measurement of water mentioned is specifically for the instant pot. If you want to try this recipe using a stove top method then the rice to water ratio will be 1:2. Also, I have used the regular measuring cup and not the one provided with instant pot.

Note: Water measurements for cooking rice is as follows:
1 cup rice : 1.5 cups of water
2 cups rice : 2.5 cups of water
3 cups rice : 3.5 cups of water
Keep this in mind if you were to double this recipe.

Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
  • Basmati Rice : 1 cup
  • Green Beans : 20 (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • Carrot : 1/2 cup (thinly sliced)
  • Potato : 1/2 cup ( cubed or sliced)
  • Cauliflower florets : 10-15
  • Green peas : 1/2 cup
  • Onion : 3/4 cup (thinly sliced)
  • Garlic : 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Ginger : 1 tbsp (finely grated)
  • Red chilli powder / Paprika : 1/4 tsp (or as per taste)
  • Cilantro : 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
  • Oil : 3 tbsp
  • Bayleaf :  2
  • Cashews : 10-12
  • Salt as per taste
Spice mix:
  • Black peppercorns : 1/2 tsp
  • Cloves : 1/4 tsp
  • Green Cardamom seeds : 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon stick : 1 inch
  • Wash and rinse the rice. 
  • Using a dry grinder or coffee grinder, prepare a spice mix powder out of the ingredients mentioned in the "spice mix " section. Set it aside.
  • Start the Instant Pot in the "saute" mode. Add oil. When the display shows HOT, add the prepared spice mix, bay leaf and the cashews.

  • Add the onion, ginger and garlic. Saute until the onion starts changing color. Add the chopped cilantro / coriander leaves.
  • Add the vegetables and mix.

  • Add the red chilli powder / paprika. 

  • Drain the water from the soaked rice. Add the rice to the instant pot. Add 1.5 cups of water. Add salt as per taste. (DO NOT over mix because it will break the rice grains)

  • Press CANCEL button and close the lid with the valve in the sealing position. Press RICE button. Once done , turn off the instant pot . 

  • Once the pressure has released (the silver button near the sealing valve goes down), fluff the rice gently with fork. Serve delicious Vegetable Pulao with the curry or raita of your choice.


  1. looks so delicious... Pulav is my all time favorite especially in winters

  2. Excellent looking Pulav . Well written recipe with crystal clear step by step pics and sharp images.