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Instant Pot Pilau Rice
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Instant Pot Pilau Rice

Instant Pot Pilau Rice. How to cook delicious Indian Instant Pot Yellow Rice, otherwise known as perfectly cooked fluffy instant pot pilau rice. Just like the Indian restaurants, but gluten free, healthier and cheaper to make at home in any brand of electric pressure cooker using brown rice.
Cook Time21 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 249kcal


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Instant Pot Pilau Rice Recipe Ingredients:


  • Peel and thinly dice your onion and load it into the instant pot pressure cooker. Click sauté and add a little extra virgin olive oil. As it heats up peel and grate your ginger and garlic. Sauté your onion for 2-3 minutes or until the onion starts to change colour. Cancel sauté. Add in ginger and garlic and stir for a couple of minutes.
  • Rinse and pour in your brown rice.
  • Add in your stock.
  • Add in everything else, stir and place the lid on the instant pot.
  • Set the valve to sealing and the cook time to 18 minutes on manual pressure cook.
  • After 18 minutes cook time allow for 5 minutes natural pressure release and then remove any excess pressure.
  • Fluff up the pilau rice with a fork and serve.


You can use any garlic and ginger. Grated works well but an easier option is lazy garlic and lazy ginger.
I recommend this brand for healthy bone broth and soup based stocks to use in the instant pot. They are much healthier, but best of all they make your food taste so much better and give a much better pressure cooker flavour.
You can mix and match with your favourite Indian spices and add more if you want it to have more of a kick.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg
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