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instant pot coconut rice recipe indian style

Instant Pot Coconut Rice Recipe South Indian style, How To Make Coconut Rice Using Instant Pot

Instant pot coconut rice pilaf/pulao (South Indian style recipe) using white basmati rice is so easy to make and flavorful which can be enjoyed with any vegetarian curry, fresh yogurt, raitha or pickles.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword instant pot coconut rice recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 304kcal


  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • ½ cup yellow split moong dal
  • 1 cup grated or shredded coconut
  • ½ teaspoon salt or as needed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2.5 cups water

Whole Spices

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks


  • Wash the rice and moong dal, transfer it to the inner pot.
  • Add the coconut, garlic powder and enough salt, mix well.
  • Add all the whole spices - bay leaves, cardamom pods, cloves, star anise and cinnamon sticks to the pot.
  • Also add the butter and water, mix everything well.
  • Close the instant pot with lid in sealing position, switch on the instant pot and press manual, and cook in high pressure for 5 minutes. It will take a few minutes until the pressure is built inside the pot and you will need to wait until then, and the pot will display 'On' at this point. When there is enough pressure built up, the pot will display the minutes and starts the cooking.
  • Once the cooking is done, the pot will beep and you can press 'keep warm'.
  • Wait until the pressure is naturally released, this will take another few minutes, and when the pressure is all naturally released, open the pot and stir the rice gently using a spatula or use a fork.


Serve the rice hot with any curry or side dishes, pickles, yogurt or raitha as you wish, for a quick and easy vegetarian lunch or dinner!


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg