Instant Pot Vegetable Quinoa
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Instant Pot Vegetable Quinoa

Preparing this vegetable quinoa with the instant pot is very straight forward. The trick lies in choosing the right spice combination that brings the best from quinoa.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
resting time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Quinoa, spiced quinoa, Vegetable quinoa
Servings: 4
Calories: 688kcal
Author: Uma Srinivas


  • 1 ½ cup white quinoa
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp garlic clove minced
  • 2 tsp ginger paste or chopped ginger
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cubed red potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 chopped carrots
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • Pink salt to taste
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro (optional)


  • Add oil to inner pot. Press saute and when oil is hot, add cumin seeds, star anise and cloves.
  • Add the following in the same order with a minute of cook time between each: Minced ginger, Garlic, onions, tomatoes, and all dry spices.
  • Now, add all the vegetables, coconut milk and salt . Stir constantly for 30 seconds.
  • Add rinsed quinoa and water and continue to stir.
  • Close the lid of the instant pot. Turn the steam release handle to sealing position. Press pressure cooking and set the time for 4 minutes.
  • When the time is up, open the lid using 10 minutes natural release.


The only ingredients you can probably change are coconut milk and the vegetables that you prefer to add to the recipe. If you do not prefer the sweet flavor of coconut milk, you could use other non-dairy milk such as cashew or almond milk.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Vegetable Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 688 Calories from Fat 522
% Daily Value*
Fat 58g89%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Sodium 464mg19%
Potassium 741mg21%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Vitamin C 4.2mg5%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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