Veg Pilaf – Instant Pot Recipe

Pilaf is a light but flavorful dish made with rice and whole spices.When Rice is cooked with the whole spices like star anise and bay leaf, it has a distinct aroma that’s hard to resist.

The simplicity of this dish is furthermore increased since it is a One-Pot-One-Shot meal (OPOS).

Here is yet another Instant Pot recipe from ‘Food-Filment’ kitchen.

Presenting to you – Veg Pilaf 🙂



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Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes (including the natural pressure release time)

Serves: 3 people


Mix veggies – 1 cup (I used green beans and carrots)

Onions – 1 – chopped lengthwise

Green Chillies – 2 – slit lengthwise

Coriander Leaves – few – chopped finely

Basmati Rice – 1 cup

Water – 1 1/4 cup

Salt – as per taste


For Tempering:

Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp

Peppercorns – 1/2 tsp

Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp

Star Anise – 2

Cloves – 5 to 6

Cinnamon – 1 inch

Bay leaf – 2

Ghee – 1 tbsp



Turn on the Instant Pot on ‘Sauté’ mode.

Heat Ghee and add the whole spices mentioned under the ‘For tempering’ section. Sauté till you get the aroma of the spices.

Next, add the chopped mix veggies and green chillies. Mix well.

Now add the washed rice, salt and 1 1/4 cup of water. Mix well.

Turn ‘OFF’ the Instant Pot. Close lid. Make sure the vent is in ‘sealing’ position.

Turn ‘ON’ the instant pot in ‘MANUAL’ and set the cook time to ‘5’ minutes. Then do a Natural Pressure Release (NPR).

Meanwhile, prepare the caramelized onions by sautéing the onions in ghee till they are golden brown and translucent.

Once the rice is cooked, garnish with the caramelized onions and coriander leaves.

Serve hot with raita, papad, and pickle. Enjoy !



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