Easy Instant Pot Pilau Rice is a faster way of making this tasty spiced Indian rice dish. Cook in the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker for 3 minutes, then leave for a natural pressure release for 15-20 minutes.
Pour the oil into the bottom of the Instant Pot cooking pot. Set the machine onto the low sauté function. Crack the cardamom pod in a pestle and mortar or on a chopping board with the side of a heavy knife. Add the cardamom, turmeric and cumin to the oil and fry for a minute until fragrant.
Add the finely chopped onion along with the spices and cook with them until soft.
Add the rice and stir until it is coated with the spice and oil mixture
Pour over the stock, add the bay leaves and cinnamon stick and give a quick stir. Add a little salt.
Programme the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 3 minutes with the keep warm function switched on.
Once cooked allow a natural pressure release (NPR) for 18 minutes. The rice will have absorbed all the liquid.
Fluff with a fork before serving.