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Simple & Easy Vegan Vegetable Pulao in an Instant Pot

Step by step detailed recipe to make the best Vegetable Pulao in an Instant Pot! It's an Indian rice preparation for beginners that's simple, easy and vegan.
Course Main Course, rice
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
soaking rice 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts - cashews, almonds & pistachios
  • 7-8 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 tbsp oil/ghee
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 bay leaf
  • 3-4 peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 4 cups mixed vegetables
  • 1 tbsp coriander cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • salt as required


  • Here is what you need to do in order to prepare this Vegetable Pulao in an Instapot. First chop all the veggies that you plan on adding to this rice dish. Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 30 minutes. Soak mixed nuts (cashews+almonds+pistachios) in water for 10 minutes. Drain the water and transfer the nuts to a blender along with ginger, garlic and green chillies. Blitz to a smooth paste. Keep it aside. Now connect the Instapot to the power outlet. Click the 'saute' button and add oil to the pan. If you are not vegan then you can add ghee instead. Once you know its hot enough, add and temper cumin seeds. Then add the ground paste to the pot and using a wooden spoon, fry the masala for 2 minutes. Then add the whole garam masala like peppercorns, cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon and star anise. Fry for 30 more seconds. Then add sliced onions and continue to saute till they turn translucent. Now add the chopped veggies (cauliflower,green beans,  carrots, potatoes and green peas) one by one. No need to wait for each vegetable to cook. You can just add them all in together. I would recommend using fresh veggies as much as possible. But you may use frozen veggies as well.
  • Now its time to add the dry masala like coriander cumin powder and garam masala and saute all the veggies for 2-3 minutes. Since this is a white pulao, there is no need to add turmeric powder. Then drain the water from the basmati rice but do not discard that water. Measure the water and ensure that it measures upto 3 cups (if not then add regular water to it to make it 3 cups) and add it to the pot along with the soaked rice. Basically for 2 cups of soaked rice, you need to add 3 cups of water to the pot. Add salt and give it all a mix. But be careful to not break the rice. Press 'cancel' button to turn of 'saute' mode. Close the lid. Make sure that the sealing ring is placed under the lid and the anti block shield under the lid is placed and pressed in its position correctly. Turn the steam releasing valve on top of the lid to the ‘Sealing’ position. Press the 'Rice' button to cook it. It would take around 10-12 minutes. You will hear a beep when the rice is done. Let the pressure release naturally and then open the lid. Lightly fluff the rice with a fork and lastly garnish it with chopped cilantro. Serve this vegetable pulao with raita, papad and pickle.
  • Note - Do not use the Instapot lid to cover when on 'saute' mode. You can use a glass lid if you need to cover.