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instant pot coconut milk pulao

Instant Pot Coconut Milk Pulao

Coconut Milk pulao in Instant pot is so easy and quick to make. This an easy and delicious south Indian rice made with coconut milk, few spices and vegetables in Instant pot or Pressure cooker or in a normal saucepan. This is a vegan and gluten-free dish.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Soaking time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Pavani


  • Instant Pot


  • Basmati rice - 2 cups
  • Coconut milk - 1 can(400 ml)
  • Water - 1cup
  • Cloves- 2
  • Cinnamon - ½ inch
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Bay leaf -1 or 2
  • Fennel seeds - 1 Tsp
  • Shahi jeera/black cumin - 1 Tsp
  • Onion - 1 small(sliced)
  • Green chillies - 4(slit)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 Tsp
  • Cashewnuts - 2 Tbs
  • Carrotcorn,Peas - 1 cup(frozen)
  • Oil - 2 Tbs
  • Salt to taste



  • wash and soak basmati rice in enough water for 15 minutes.
    Place the inner pot inside the instant Pot.
    Switch on the sauté mode. Once the inner pot is hot,add oil.
  • Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaf. Stir it.
    Then add fennel seeds, shahi jeera and allow it crackle.
    Add cashewnuts and sauté until they turn into golden colour.
  • Next, add chopped onions, slit green chillies and fry until onion turns into translucent.
    Now add ginger garlic paste and sauté until raw smell goes out.
  • Add veggies and sauté for few minutes.
    Drain the water from the rice and add to the pot.
    Gently mix the rice with veggies without breaking the grains.
  • Add coconut milk,water and give a quick mix.Then add salt according to your taste.
    Cancel the sauté mode. Close the lid and keep the valve in sealing mode.
  • Select pressure cook mode and set to high pressure for 5 minutes.
    Once the cooking is done, allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Gently fluff the rice with a spoon or fork.
    Enjoy tasty and delicious coconut milk pulao/pulav with raita or with any curry.


  • wash and soak basmati rice in enough water for 15 minutes. Heat a pan with oil,once it is hot add spices and saute for a minute.
  • Then fennel seeds,shahi jeera and allow it to crackle. Add cashew nuts and fry until they turn into golden colour. Next add sliced onion,green chillies and fry for few minutes.
  • Now add ginger garlic paste and saute until raw smell goes. Add veggies of your favourite choice and saute for a few minutes. drain water from the rice and add to the pan and saute for few seconds without breaking the grains.
  • Add 2 cups coconut milk ,1 cup water and salt according to your taste and give a quick mix.
  • Cover with lid and cook on low- medium flame until water is absorbed or rice is cooked.



  • Add your favourite veggies to make this pulao.
  • You can skip cashew nuts if you don't want.
  • Rice and water ratio is 2:3
  • Adjust spices according to your taste.
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