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Instant Pot Pulao Recipe: Flavorful & Simple

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Pulao is my go-to comfort food. It's a flavorful blend of basmati rice, veggies, and spices. Quick, easy, and absolutely delicious, it's perfect for busy weeknight dinners.

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This Instant Pot Pulao, folks, hits the spot every time I make it. Trust me, it's one of those comforting dishes that wraps you in warmth and spices. The best part? It's a one-pot wonder! Aromatic basmati rice, a riot of vegetables, and a hint of fragrant spices all come together in under 30 minutes. If you're after a food hug and a voyage in flavor town, this recipe is your ticket. I'm sharing this because I believe every home cook needs this magical meal in their repertoire. Give it a try!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Pulao

  • Basmati rice: Long-grain rice that cooks up fluffy and separate, perfect for absorbing the flavors of the spices and vegetables.
  • Water: Essential for cooking the rice and vegetables in the instant pot, ensuring the dish is perfectly cooked and flavorful.
  • Onion: Adds a sweet and savory flavor base to the pulao, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
  • Tomato: Provides a tangy and juicy element to the pulao, adding freshness and depth to the overall flavor profile.
  • Mixed vegetables: Bring color, texture, and nutrition to the dish, making it a wholesome and balanced one-pot meal.
  • Cumin seeds: Infuse the dish with a warm, earthy aroma and flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the pulao.
  • Garam masala: A blend of aromatic spices that adds depth and warmth to the dish, creating a rich and flavorful pulao.
  • Turmeric powder: Adds a vibrant color and subtle earthy flavor to the pulao, enhancing its visual appeal and taste.
  • Oil: Used for sautéing the onions and spices, adding richness and depth of flavor to the pulao.

Essential Tools for Making Pulao in an Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pulao quickly and efficiently without compromising on flavor or texture.
  • Spatula: Needed for sautéing the onions and mixing the ingredients together evenly in the instant pot.

Instant Pot Pulao Recipe: Flavorful & Simple

This Instant Pot Pulao is a flavorful and simple rice dish made with basmati rice, mixed vegetables, and aromatic spices. Perfect for a quick and delicious meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 280 kcal


  • Instant Pot


Main Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, beans)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil


  • Wash the basmati rice and keep it aside.
  • Turn on the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat oil.
  • Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add sliced onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, mixed vegetables, garam masala, turmeric powder, and salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the washed rice and water. Stir well.
  • Close the Instant Pot with the lid and set the pressure valve to sealing.
  • Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Once done, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then do a quick pressure release.
  • Fluff the pulao with a fork and serve hot.


Notes go here.


Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 450mgPotassium: 300mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 500IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Instant Pot, Pulao, Rice
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Can You Make Pulao Ahead of Time or Freeze It?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the pulao as per the recipe instructions.
  • Let it cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the pulao as per the recipe instructions.
  • Allow it to cool down.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container or resealable bags.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Adding a pinch of saffron soaked in warm milk to the instant pot pulao enhances the flavor and gives it a beautiful golden color.

Common Questions About Making Pulao in an Instant Pot

Can I use any other type of rice for this recipe?
Basmati rice works best for this recipe as it gives the pulao a fragrant and fluffy texture.
How can I make this recipe spicier?
You can add green chilies or a pinch of red chili powder to make the pulao spicier according to your taste preference.
Can I skip the mixed vegetables?
Yes, you can customize the recipe by omitting the mixed vegetables or substituting them with vegetables of your choice.
Is it necessary to soak the rice before cooking?
It is not necessary to soak the rice for this recipe as it cooks well in the Instant Pot without soaking.
Can I double the recipe in the Instant Pot?
It is possible to double the recipe in the Instant Pot as long as you do not exceed the maximum fill line to prevent any issues during cooking.

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