Instant Pot Vegetable Rice or Pulao!
Today, I have an announcement to make along with a recipe for a time-tested, fan favorite Indian dish prepared in an easy way. The announcement is that I have added a new gadget in my kitchen that could cut my cooking time in half! It’s the new Instant Pot! I have been getting requests for recipes that can be prepared with the Instant Pot, for some time and I decided to start with a dish that is quite popular in almost all Indian restaurants. That is Vegetable Rice.
Let’s look at finer details of cooking with an instant pot to make a quick, easy and delicious vegetable rice dish or pulao. This dish is very common in every Indian house.There are few different methods of preparing pulao or vegetable rice. I am sharing simple vegetable rice recipe that goes well with lunch box as well as weekday dinner.
To begin with, I soaked basmati rice for nearly 15 minutes and then drained them. I set it for 4 minutes of cook time in the manual mode. The recommended ratio of rice and water is 1:1, but I went with a little extra water to make up for the vegetables that I added. That is pretty much the only customization you will need in preparing inf this recipe. Since you are adding vegetables, there is a small chance that the pot will show a “burn” sign at the end of the cooking cycle, but this is not a reason to panic. All you would have to do is turn it off and wait for the pressure to come down on its own and the lid will release naturally. My dish turned out beautifully and I am sure yours will too! With fewer dishes to wash, the instant pot has really made our lives easier.
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Here are the recipe details….
- 3 Cups basmati rice
- 3 ½ cups water
- 1 cup green beans
- 2 large carrots
- 1 cup chopped red onions
- 1 garlic cloves
- ½ inch ginger
- Salt to taste
- 1 ½ tbsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- 2 cloves (powdered)
- ½ tsp black pepper powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tbsp organic tomato paste (or use 1 tomato)
- 5-8 Tbsp Cashew paste or use coconut cream
- Drizzle the oil to the inner pot. With the saute setting, sauté ginger and garlic when the oil is hot, for about a minute with constant stirring.
- Add onions and continue to cook for one more minute.
- Add all the spices listed above and continue to stir.
- Add tomato paste, carrots, green beans and stir well for 1-2 minutes
- Add cashew paste and stir well.
- Now, add rice and water as listed in the ingredients list and stir well to get an even mix.
- Close the lid of the instant pot and turn the steam release handle to “sealing” position. Press “Pressure cooking” and set the time for 4 minutes. When time is up, open the lid using 10-minutes natural release. ( that means you have to keep it warm for 10 mins)
- At the end of 10 minutes, open the lid and remove the pot from the cradle.
Vegetable rice is ready to be served with your favorite side dish.
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