40 Minutes Pressure Cooker Vegetable Pulao

This 40 Minutes Pressure Cooker Vegetable Pulao is you savior recipe when you want your dinner to be quick and easy.

This dish is a comfort one pot meal when you don’t have time to do elaborate cooking or you have to cook food on a short notice or in a quick time.

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easy veg pulao recipe in pressure cooker

Here, a stove top pressure cooker is used. But you can also make this recipe in an Instant Pot. I have shared the recipe with both video and step by step photos.

My recipe of pressure cooker pulao is different from my mom’s Veg Pulao Recipe made in a pot or pan.

Do note that this dish can also be made in a pot or pan. When I have time, I cook in a pot and when no time, I use the pressure cooker.

Tips

  1. Pressure cooking rice can be tricky. Different types of rice will cook at different timings. Since I stick to the same brand of organic basmati rice, I now know how much time the grains take to cook. What I have learnt from experience is that it is better to soak the rice first. The proportion I use for rice to water is 1: 2 or 1:1.5
  2. While cooking, after adding the rice, stir the grains with the rest of the ingredients well, so that the oil coats each rice grain. I usually pressure cook on a high flame for 2-3 whistles. Then let the pressure drop on its own, since the rice is cooking when the cooker is hot and the pressure is there inside it. Then I gently fluff the rice before serving.
  3. What I have also seen, is that the more oil the more the food tastes better. I don’t know why. The same is with pulao too. The veg pulav will be oily, but will taste good too. here I have used 3 tbsp ghee to fry onions and cashews. However, 2 tbsp oil or ghee would also be fine to use.
  4. I add the caramelized onions and cashews to the pulao as a garnish. The crisp onion slices and cashews add a lot of flavor and texture to the pulao. On occasions, I also add some mint and coriander leaves while making the pulao. You can easily skip this frying part and make the pulao in just 2 tbsp oil or ghee.

The best part I like about vegetarian pulav recipes are that they are healthy as we add vegetables or legumes in them. In this recipe, I have added green peas, mushrooms, carrots, french beans, capsicum (bell pepper), potatoes, tomatoes and onions. You can also add your choice of veggies.

This dish can be served with plain yogurt or with any raita. I usually serve this pulao with boondi raita or onion-tomato raita.

How to make 40 minutes Pressure Cooker Vegetable Pulao

Preparation

1. First rinse the rice very well and then soak the grains in water for 20 to 30 minutes.

basmati rice for veg pulao recipe

2. Meanwhile, you can chop all the veggies. Then heat 3 tbsp ghee or oil in the pressure cooker. Add ¼ cup sliced onions.

onions for veg pulao recipe

3. Sauté on a low flame till the onions are golden and then remove them with a slotted spoon.

onions for making veg pulao recipe

4. Keep the crisp & golden fried onions aside.

fried onions for veg pulao recipe

5. In the same oil, add cashews and brown them.

fry cashews to make vegetable pulao recipe

6. Keep the fried cashews also aside.

fried cashews for veg pulao recipe

Sautéing onions, veggies and rice

7. In the same oil, add the whole spices – cinnamon, tej patta, black cardamom, green cardamoms, cloves, black pepper, stone flower, cumin seeds and mace. sauté for a few seconds till the spices become aromatic.

fry spices to make veg pulao recipe

8. Add now ⅓ cup sliced onions.

add onions to veg pulao masala

9. Stir and sauté the onions on a low flame.

saute onions - making vegetable pulao recipe

10. Sauté till the onions become golden.

sauting onions to make vegetable pulao

11. Then add ginger+garlic+green chili paste. Stir and saute till the raw aroma of the ginger and garlic goes away.

ginger garlic paste for veg pulao recipe

12. Add the chopped veggies and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.

vegetables to make pulao recipe in pressure cooker

13. Drain water from soaked basmati rice after 20 or 30 minutes.

rice for veg pulao recipe

14. Add the drained basmati rice in the pressure cooker.

rice for vegetable pulao recipe

15. Sauté gently for 1 to 2 minutes till the oil/ghee has coated the rice grains evenly.

saute vegetable pulao in pressure cooker

16. Pour water.

water for vegetable pulao recipe

17. Add salt.

add salt to vegetable pulao recipe

18. Stir gently.

stir the vegetable pulao in pressure cooker, making veg pulav recipe

Pressure Cooking

19. Cover and pressure cook the vegetable pulao for 2 to 3 whistles on a high flame. Pressure cooking for 2 whistles will give you an al dente texture. For a softer texture pressure cook vegetable pulao for 3 whistles.

pressure cook the vegetable pulao recipe, making veg pulav recipe

20. When the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.

vegetable pulao recipe in pressure cooker, veg pulav recipe

Serve Pressure Cooker Vegetable Pulao garnished with the fried caramelized onions, cashews and mint or coriander leaves. It also goes well with raita like boondi raita, plain raita or onion-tomato raita and you have a comforting meal ready. A mango pickle or lemon pickle also goes well with it. Even a side thin vegetable curry or kadhi or spiced buttermilk (chaas) goes well.

easy vegetable pulao recipe in pressure cooker, veg pulav recipe, vegetable pulao recipe
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  4. Paneer pulao
  5. Capsicum rice
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40 Minutes Pressure Cooker Vegetable Pulao

4.88 from 25 votes
Easy and quick vegetable pulao made in a pressure cooker in 40 minutes.
easy veg pulao recipe in pressure cooker
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:40 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:indian
Diet:gluten-free,vegetarian
Servings (change the number to scale):4

RECIPE VIDEO

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients 

main ingredients

  • 1.5 cups basmati rice or about 300 grams of basmati rice
  • ¼ cup chopped french beans
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes or 1 medium sized tomato
  • cup peas (matar) - fresh or frozen
  • cup chopped carrots - chopped into cubes
  • cup chopped potatoes - chopped into cubes
  • cup chopped medium cauliflower
  • cup chopped capsicum (bell pepper) - chopped into cubes
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup sliced or chopped mushrooms
  • 1 medium sized onion thinly sliced or about ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 3 tablespoon oil or ghee (clarified butter) * check notes

crushed or ground into paste in mortar-pestle

  • ½ inch ginger - roughly chopped
  • 3 to 4 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 green chili - roughly chopped

whole garam masala or spices

  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 to 3 green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 2 single strands of mace (javitri)
  • 1 medium sized tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • a small piece of stone flower (pathar phool) - optional
  • 3 to 4 whole black pepper

for garnishing

  • 1 small onion thinly sliced or about ¼ cup thinly sliced onions
  • 12 to 15 cashews
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves

Instructions

soaking rice

  • Rinse the rice till the water runs clears of starch.
  • Then soak the basmati rice in water for 20 to 30 minutes. 
  • Later drain and keep the basmati rice aside.

making vegetable pulao in pressure cooker

  • Heat 3 tbsp ghee or oil in the pressure cooker. Add sliced onions.
  • Saute on a low flame, till the onions are golden and then remove them with a slotted spoon. Keep the caramelized onions aside.
  • In the same oil, add cashews and brown them. Keep the fried cashews also aside.
  • In the same oil or ghee, add the whole spices - cinnamon, tej patta, black cardamom, green cardamoms, cloves, black pepper, stone flower, cumin seeds and mace. Saute for a few seconds till the spices become aromatic.
  • Add sliced onions. Stir and saute the onions on a low flame. Saute till the onions become golden.
  • Then add ginger+garlic+green chili paste. Stir and saute till the raw aroma of the ginger and garlic goes away. About 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Add all the chopped veggies, including tomatoes and peas.
  • Saute for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame.
  • Add the drained basmati rice. Saute gently for 1 to 2 minutes till the oil/ghee has coated the rice grains evenly. Pour water.
  • Add salt and stir the pulao gently.
  • Check the taste of the stock. If it tastes bland, then add some more salt.
  • Cover the pressure cooker tightly with its lid.
  • Pressure cook vegetable pulao for 2 to 3 whistles on a medium to high flame. 2 whistles will give you a less softer texture. For more softer texture cook for 3 whistles.
  • When the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.
  • Serve the pulao garnished with fried onions, cashews and mint or coriander leaves. 
  • You can also gently mix the garnishing ingredients with the pulao.
  • This pressure cooked vegetable pulao goes well with boondi raita, plain raita or onion-tomato raita. 
  • Also accompany some onion slices with lemon or a vegetable salad or pickle and papad.

Notes

* Skip the fried garnish part of onions & cashews if you prefer. In this case, just make the pulao with 2 tbsp oil or ghee instead of 3 tbsp oil or ghee.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
40 Minutes Pressure Cooker Vegetable Pulao
Amount Per Serving
Calories 440 Calories from Fat 120
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.3g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.1g
Sodium 25.8mg1%
Potassium 394.1mg11%
Carbohydrates 72.6g24%
Fiber 4.3g18%
Sugar 3.6g4%
Protein 8.3g17%
Vitamin A 600IU12%
Vitamin C 40.4mg49%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 4.9mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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125 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Dassana… Ur recipes r awesome.. I wanna know one thing..how much of water I’ve to add in 1kg rice while cooking pulao….5 stars

    • thanks argha. approx 8 cups of water will be required, if pressure cooking the pulao. if you cook in a pot then you may need to add more water.

  2. thanks for simple and tasty receipe

    • welcome suchitra

  3. hi dassana,i made the pulao as per ur instuctions and water-rice ratio.thogh it was tasty, the rice in the top and middle layers were cooked but the grains at the bottom remained raw even after 3 whistles.is it because i soaked it for long. i usually soak only for 10 mins. please advise.

    • sreedevi, it should not happen. perhaps the steaming is not happening properly in the pressure cooker. i always soak rice for 30 minutes and i never had any issue. i cook both plain rice and pulao in the pressure cooker. also depends upon the quality of rice.

  4. I am rating it now!

    • thanks sathya for rating the recipe.

  5. Hi Dassana I made this pulao today! It is simple yet so tasty! All of us at my house loved it! Thank you soooo much!

    • welcome sathya. glad to know this.

  6. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • welcome urmi

  7. Hi Dassana,
    I just made this pulao for dinner. All of us enjoyed it immensely. So simple and yet so delicious! Thank you so much!

    • welcome sathya. glad to know this.

  8. hi Dassana,

    Your recipes are simple yet, looks and tastes great! i’ve tried couple of your recipes ( like bisi bele bath)

    keep adding more and more simple yet great dishes for us to make our house a home 🙂5 stars

    • thanks bharathi for sharing this positive feedback on recipes.

  9. Simple and easy

  10. lovely…very simple and delicious..!!!

    • thanks pooja

  11. thanks for the recipe3 stars

    • welcome amita

  12. I would love to try this recipe, but I don’t have a pressure cooker. Can you make this in a saucepan? Thank you.

    • welcome samantha. yes you can make this veg pulao in sauce pan or any other pan. but the pan should be deep and the bottom should be thick. otherwise the base of pulao might get browned or burnt. also adjust the water quantity as per need.

  13. very nice n easy steps to make it, its realy tastier. i like it so much5 stars

    • thanks bipin

  14. Tried this pulao today. Must tell it was an instant hit as I’m new to cooking! Thanks for your recipes. Simple and tasty!!5 stars

    • welcome nivedita. do try some more recipes.

  15. very nice

  16. I liked this dish very much

  17. It was awesome . Thanks for the tips.5 stars

    • welcome sreelakshmi

  18. Hi Dassana,
    Could you please tell me which brand of basmati rice and pressure cooker you use? My pulao either turns out too dry or too sticky!4 stars

    • i use organic basmati rice. i have a prestige 2 litre cooker and a hawkins 3.5 litre cooker. i use both of them. too dry meaning less water and too sticky means overcooked or extra water. i do the following:
      soak the rice for 30 mins.
      then drain them.
      add to the cooker.
      ratio is 1:2 for rice and water respectively.
      if i want a softer texture, i add 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice.
      for a separate grains, i add 1.5 cups of water to 1 cup rice.
      mostly i pressure cook for 3 whistles.

      hope these rice cooking tips help.

  19. Thanks for the simple and tasty recipe.4 stars

    • welcome manju

  20. Thank you for the recipe dassana, I want to try it. But I was wondering, can I use the readymade garam masala that is available at a supermarket instead of making our own?3 stars

    • welcome maithri. yes you can sue ready made garam masala.

  21. very tasty

  22. I tried ur veg pulao n its awsum…. thank u so so much

    • welcome ninok

  23. I tried this recipe but after 3 whistles there was still water in the pressure cooker. So I cooked for 2 more whistles and the dish became very soggy. Definitely the water quantity is too much. It was tasty though.

    • usually rice to water proportion is 1:2. so depending on the quality of rice, the amount of water can be increased to 2.5 or 3 also. since we are pressure cooking and the rice is soaked, 2.5 cups water works very well if you want a separate grain of rice. but if you want a more cooked texture, then 3 cups of water is fine. it also depends on the quality of basmati rice. but from my experience most basmati rice get cooked well in this proportion. after pressure cooking also, the pressure has to be allowed to settle down on its own. since the rice is getting cooked even when there is pressure in the cooker. so if one removes the steam by lifting the vent weight, then the water will be there in the cooker.

  24. My hubby likes this so much and me too.
    Thanks Dassana.5 stars

    • welcome priya

  25. i like the pulav recipe

  26. Thanks Dassanaji for the recipe : )
    Mom’s not home & wanted to have pulao..
    Thanks to u now I know how to make ! : ))

    • welcome rohit

  27. i am an amateur cook but still this came out very nice.i’ve left out potatos,instead added some chopped capsicum,added both beans and carrots inorder to increase the nutritive value.stick with the water requirement fanatically and it will be a culinary delight:).thanx a bunch dassana.i’ve turned this into my staple food and everybody loves it.

    • welcome sajith.

  28. When rice is cooked in Pressure cooker, the base or bottom portion of the cooker inside becomes so hot,mostly the rice gets over burned and turns red, or some time even turns black,

    so the better way to make palau is to use the thick vessel, and a cover, use medium flame, stir often, with out breaking the rice.

    one should be careful not to make the palau too watery, the rice should just be perfectly done, and mix the vegetable and masala, instead of using oil use Ghee or butter.

    • thanks for the tips. if the required amount of water is added in the pressure cooker, then there is no chance of the rice getting burned. i not only cook rice but all pulaos in pressure cooker and never had a burnt rice issue.

  29. I liked this dish to much

  30. It was awesome and made me very happy

    • thanks guru

  31. This is even better. I tried your idly and other recipes they came awesome too.

    • thanks praveen

  32. I love mild pulaos very much…perfectly cooked pulao…lovely lighting and clicks!

  33. It is a beautiful pulao, I loved the addition of paste with ginger, garlic with that extra green chilli!
    Looks perfect, and nice clicks!!
    Anything easily preparable is something I admire, one pot meals rock!!
    Thx for the awesome pulao recipe.

    • thanks pavithra

  34. i also make this pulao… its teh way my amma makes it…so i store a paste ginger garlic and green chillies so that i dont have to grind it everytime i need!!

  35. most of my pulao are in pressure cooker only where as i do n’t use basmathi rice 🙂 your looking perfect !

    • thanks aparna

      • I like this recipe,i’ll make also2 stars

        • I Like this recipe.Thanku very much

        • welcome sherin