Aug 21, 2018

Tarkari Pulao ~ InstaPot Version

Vegetable Pulao is my all time avenue to go when i need comfort and spicy food in a jiffy! Now with Instant Pot this becomes even quicker! :-) One fine day when the weather turned out good and cooler ( 90 in DFW ;-)) during summer hot days + when my vegetable garden gave one vegetable of each kind, then this Tarkari Pulao happened in my kitchen under 15 min! The name sounds fancy but 'Tarkari' in Hindi means Vegetable, so it basically is Vegetable Pulao, but I added variety of veggies today including Greens that I got from my garden and made this in IP, that is done under 15 min. Here is the recipe for you, enjoy!

Basmati Rice - 2 cups (I use Zafrani Brand, available in Costco)
Onion - 1 medium
Green Chili - 2 ( long ones, that are not very spicy)
Potato - 3 (small round ones)
Carrot - 1
Tomato - 1
Amaranth Greens - 1 cup (optional)
Mint Leaves - 1 Tbsp (Chopped)
Cilantro - 1 Tbsp (Chopped)

Pulao Spices:
Clove - 2
Cinnamon Stick - 2 ( 1 inch)
Cardamom - 1
Shazeera - 1 tsp
Marati Moggu - 2
Bay leave - 2

Oil - 2 Tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp (or adjust to your taste)
Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp (You can use Homemade or try Store bought)

Gadgets you need:
Instant Pot (IP Duo Mini 3 Qt)

Preparatory Steps:

  • Chop Onion and Green Chili length wise into long slices. Chop Potato into cubes. Trim edges, peel carrots and chop into 1 in long sticks or cubes. Chop tomato to cubes. 
  • Wash Basmati rice thoroughly and drain in colander and set aside. 

  1. Turn on IP and keep in Saute mode, set time to 5 min. Add vegetable oil to IP pot, add all Pulao spices in the order given in list. After 1 min, add green chili, onion slices, Amaranth Greens, Mint Leaves, Cilantro and mix everything.  After 2 min add Potato, Carrot and Tomato Cubes. Saute for 2min. Now add salt, coriander powder and garam masala spices. Add 1.5 cup Water for each cup of rice (total 3 cups of water for 2 cups of rice) to pot and mix everything well. Add Basmati rice to Pot and mix everything well. Taste water and adjust the salt and seasonings as per your taste.
  2. Now Cancel the Saute mode in IP, keep the IP in Pressure Cook (or Manual) mode and set timer to 7 min and close the lid. (Click start button if you have Ultra IP). After 7 min done switch off the IP by removing the plug and let it for 3 min and do QR (Quick Release).  Fluff rice with fork from upside down and mix gently. Then transfer to wide plate and serve warm immediately with Aloo Kurma and/or Onion Raita. 
Here is the sequence:
Before you close IP
After 7 min done
After fluffing up rice with fork gently

Oh man, this tuned out super delicious! Give it a try all you need is 15 min on hand and big appetite! :-)


  • I have used my 3Qt mini to make this recipe, the same settings and time should work for any version of IP. 
  • This recipe yields 3 to 4 servings, you can easily double or multiply ingredients to make big batch for larger crowds.

Hope you have enjoyed this quick win, Will be back with more IP recipes, stay tuned!
Until next time, Take Care, ba bye,

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