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A close up of a bowl of yellow easy Instant Pot pilau rice.
Easy Instant Pot Pilau Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
15 mins
Total Time
23 mins

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.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Pilau Rice, Homemade Pilau Rice, Pilau Rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 267 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
  • 1 tbs Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 3 cm piece Cinnamon Stick
  • 5 Cardamom pods
  • 200 g Basmati Rice
  • 240 ml Vegetable Stock or Broth
  • 2 Bay leaves
  1. 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.

  2. Add the finely chopped onion along with the spices and cook with them until soft.

  3. Add the rice and stir until it is coated with the spice and oil mixture

  4. Pour over the stock, add the bay leaves and cinnamon stick and give a quick stir. Add a little salt.

  5. Programme the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 3 minutes with the keep warm function switched on.

  6. Once cooked allow a natural pressure release (NPR) for 18 minutes. The rice will have absorbed all the liquid.

  7. Fluff with a fork before serving.

Recipe Notes

To prevent a burn error

Recipe variations

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Easy Instant Pot Pilau Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 484mg 20%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.