Instant pot peas pulao recipe or instant pot green peas and rice with mild spices is super easy to prepare, one pot vegetarian dish which you can easily pack for school/office lunch or travel.
This instant pot peas pulao is a simple, delicious and popular Indian vegetarian recipe (vegetarian pulao also known as matar pulao in India) which is a gluten free dish as well.
Peas pulao is often served any side dish or curry of your choice along with fresh raita (yogurt based salad), or fresh yogurt, pickles etc.
This pulao is made using a 6 quart instant pot LUX, you can also make this in a 6 quart instant pot DUO.
What Kind Of Rice Is Best For This Instant Pot Peas Pulao?
I used long grain white basmati rice to make the instant pot peas pulao, you may try your favorite brand of basmati but I recommend using this brand of basmati rice for best results.
As we use instant pot to prepare the peas pulao (matar pulao) or green peas and rice pulao, there is not much work involved in the preparation of the pulao other than dumping the ingredients to the pot and setting the instant pot to do the cooking.
What Kind Of Peas (Green Peas) Can Be Used To Make This Peas Pulao In Instant Pot?
You can use fresh peas or frozen peas to make the peas pulao or you can also use the dried peas, but you will need to soak the dried peas in advance for about 6 to 7 hours and also you need to use only about half the amount of peas if you are using dried peas since the peas will increase in size as they are soaked in water.
With fresh or frozen green peas, its more easy to use in the recipe as mentioned in the instructions since we do not have to soak the peas in advance.
I have only used few spices which add great flavors to the rice and you can enjoy this simple instant pot peas pulao as it is or enjoy with any curry like palak paneer, instant pot potato curry etc or you can enjoy it with fresh yogurt or raita.
Can You Make Peas Pulao Without Onions?
This easy and simple instant pot matar pulao or peas pulao is prepared without onions also but I used onion powder and garlic powder for flavors.
You may also use ginger garlic paste instead.
Adding sauteed onions or onion powder or even garlic adds more flavor to this pulao, but this is not necessary. If you wish to skip onion and garlic, you can still easily prepare this peas pulao in instant pot without onions also.
So here is how you can prepare the easy and simple instant pot peas pulao following this simple instant pot peas pulao recipe.
Can You Make Peas Pulao In Instant Pot Without Soaking Rice?
Yes, you can! I made this peas pulao (also known as matar pulao in India as green peas is known as matar in Hindi).
Although, soaking rice in advance usually makes pulao more soft and tasty, this peas pulao made in instant pot using the best variety of white basmati rice doesn’t require soaking of rice in advance.
The pulao cooked without soaking the rice is delicious and has the perfect texture without soaking the rice.
More instant pot rice recipes below:
Instant Pot Peas Pulao Recipe, How To Make Instant Pot Green Peas And Rice
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 5 dry red chilies broken
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 large cinnamon sticks
- 1 star anise
- 3 cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- Rinse the rice very well in water two to three times and keep the washed rice aside, discard the water used for rinsing the rice.
- Add the butter to the instant pot, set in saute mode and adjust to low. As the butter is melted, add the cumin seeds, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, star anise and cloves and lightly fry for few seconds.
- Add onion powder and garlic powder, stir well (if you are using onions and ginger garlic paste, you can add this and saute for few minutes until the onions are lightly browned).
- Add the green peas and enough salt, stir and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the turmeric powder and broken dry red chilies, stir well and saute for one more minute.
- Add the rice, enough salt and water. The water should be enough to immerse the rice, if its not covering the rice, you may add a little more water to barely cover the rice. Stir to make sure rice is not sticking to the bottom of the pot and also make sure the water has reached at the bottom.
- Close the pot with lid in sealing position, press manual and cook in high pressure for 5 minutes (if using dried/soaked peas you may cook for an additional minute).
- After cooking the pot will beep, press the 'keep warm/cancel' button once the cooking is done. Wait for a natural pressure release of 10 minutes.
- After an NPR (natural pressure release) of 10 minutes, manually release the remaining pressure very carefully by turning the lid to venting position slowly and gradually releasing the pressure.
- Once the pressure is all released, carefully open the lid, gently mix using a spoon or spatula or gently fluff using a fork. Serve the delicious and easy peas pulao hot with raita (yogurt salad) or any curry as you like. You can garnish the cooked pulao with chopped cilantro leaves, curry leave etc if you wish.