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Quick Vegetable Pulao In Pressure Cooker

For a hearty one pot meal with less time and minimal clean up, pulao/pilaf is perfect. You don't have to struggle to make a side dish; a simple raita or salad is enough to accompany a pulao. Pressure cookers are an integral part of our Indian cooking. I find cooking pulao and other variety rice in pressure cooker much easier and time saving. And yes, less cleaning up too! Check out my other one pot meal recipes too.

I have already shared a mild vegetable pulao recipe cooked in a kadai. But this vegetable pulao recipe is slightly different. This one is cooked in pressure cooker and is more spicy and masaledaar. The extra kick of spices and kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) makes the pulao more flavorful. This veg pulao can be done in 45 minutes and if you are working women or a beginner cook, this recipe is simple and apt for you. You can pack this for lunchbox for kids and adults with raita or plain yogurt. Now let's see how to make this quick vegetable pulao in pressure cooker.


{ Quick mixed vegetable pulao with spices in a pressure cooker }
Serves 2


½ cup basmati rice
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp ghee
1 bay leaf
¼ inch cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1 cardamom
¼ tsp cumin seeds / jeera
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
½ medium tomato, finely chopped
1 small carrot
1 small potato
6-7 green beans
¼ cup green peas
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp red chilly powder
½ tsp garam masala
½ tsp kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves
Salt to taste


1. Wash the rice and soak for 30 minutes. Drain the water and set aside. Chop carrot and potato into small cubes. Cut beans into ¼-inch long piece.

2. In a deep-bottomed pressure cooker, heat oil and ghee. Add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and fry till nice aroma comes.

3. Add cumin seeds and let it sizzle. Then add onion, ginger-garlic paste and fry till the onions start to turn light golden brown.

4. Then add tomato and fry till it turns soft. Then add carrot, potato, beans, peas and mix well. Saute for 2-3 minutes.

5. Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, garam masala, kasuri methi, salt and mix well. Add the rice and gently mix.

6. Add ¾ cup water, mix everything and close the lid. Pressure cook for 2 whistles. Once pressure subsides, open and gently fluff with a fork.

Serving Suggestion ~ Raita / plain yogurt.

Notes and Tips
  • You can add other vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, sweet corn, capsicum and baby corn.
  • Adjust spices according to your taste. If you want pulao to be mild, skip the red chilly powder.
  • Soaking the rice helps to soften the grains, so do not skip it. If you are soaking rice for less time then add 1 cup water.


  1. Pulao looks packed with flavour....Love the separate and fluffy grains!

  2. Flavorful pulao,love the colorful and fluffy rice

  3. Wow you got fluffy separate grains cooking in pressure cooker.. Mine turns little mushy everytime.. Pulao looks delicious Sona..

  4. vegetable pulao looks delicious.. perfectly cooked grains, well done..

  5. very easy to prepare and flavorful.. yumm..

  6. Tasty pulao! Your pictures always make me hungry!

  7. wow super flavorful rice sona:)love the presentation

  8. love veg pulao..looks tempting dear

  9. Lovely pictures and the pulao has come out so well with separate grains.

  10. Pulao kooks awesome, rice cooked perfectly, superb..

  11. looks super tempting!

  12. Delicious one pot meal.. Looks yummy

  13. Wow the pulao looks so good.. delicious pulao with perfectly separated grains.. nice clicks dear..

  14. Best one pot meal .. I also make it in a pressure cooker .. really time saving and easy when you come home and are short of time.

  15. wow.. love the texture of rice ! Sounds flavorful and tempting to the core...

  16. Aromatic biryani...looks delicious

  17. Great recipes! I recently bought a pressure cooker and I enjoyed using them.

  18. This looks really delicious ... makes me want to go to a restaurant and try this right away!

  19. Your tips are very useful for me, thanks

  20. My family loves rice. Great, tasty recipe for us to try. Thanks for tips.

  21. This rice recipe looks great! Thank you for this interesting post.

  22. Great recipe with rice for a beginner cook. I must try it.


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