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Vegetable Pulao Instant Pot

Vegetable Pulao Instant Pot is prepared with basmati rice and aromatic Indian spices. This dish is flavorful, simple, and delicious.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course Main Course, Sides
Cuisine Indian
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 380kcal



for the Whole Spices

for the Rice & Veggies

  • 1 1/2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 large red onion sliced
  • 1 15 ounce can organic chickpeas drained & rinsed
  • 2 cups organic frozen mixed vegetables carrots, peas, corn, and green beans; rinse under warm water
  • 2 cups basmati rice soaked, washed & rinsed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 1/4 cups + 2 tbsp water

for garnish



  • Soak rice in water for 5 minutes.
  • Slice red onions. Set aside chickpeas from a can (rinsed well) and frozen mixed vegetables (rinsed under warm water).
  • Set aside whole spices - cinnamon stick, cloves, black cardamom, green cardamom, peppercorns, cumin seeds, and bay leaves.
  • Now drain and rinse the rice under warm water well until it runs clear. Set aside.

Cook Rice in Instant Pot

  • Heat up Instant Pot on SAUTE mode. Once hot, add avocado oil or any flavorless oil. Add all the whole spices. Saute for about 45 seconds.
  • Add sliced onions and saute for 2 minutes until the onions are slightly golden.
  • This is what you should have.
  • Add the rice.
  • Saute for 2 minutes and click OFF on the Instant Pot.
  • Add the chickpeas and mixed vegetables.
  • Add water and scrape the bottom well to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom.
  • Now add the powdered spices - salt, red chili powder, and garam masala. Mix well.
  • Cover the Instant Pot and set the Vent Valve to Seal. Click HIGH PRESSURE for 5 minutes. Once 5 minutes is up, let the Instant Pot release pressure on its own for at least 15 minutes.
  • This is what you should have.
  • I added additional garam masala for a more bold flavor. Mix well making sure the rice doesn't get mushy.

Serve with Raita (Indian Yogurt)! Enjoy!


    Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 977mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3788IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg
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