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instant pot yellow rice

Instant Pot Yellow Rice With Turmeric Spice

Instant pot yellow rice using white basmati rice, turmeric powder and flavorings make the best, fluffy vegetarian side dish for any meal or you can even enjoy this as the main meal when served with other side dishes or curries.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Indian, Mexican
Keyword instant pot yellow rice, yellow rice recipe
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
pressure build up and release time 22 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 243kcal


  • 2 cups white basmati rice
  • 2.5 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt as needed
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 bay leaves

for garnishing

  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1 string curry leaves optional


  • Rinse the rice very well in water two to three times and discard the water used for washing the rice.
  • Add the rice to the instant pot and also add the water (or broth), salt and turmeric powder, mix well.
  • Place the butter and bay leaves on top, gently mix to make sure the rice is not sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Close the instant pot with lid in sealing position and cook in high pressure for 5 minutes.
    Once the cooking is done, the instant pot will beep and then do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes. After ten minutes of natural pressure release, do a slow and gradual manual pressure release carefully.
    Once the pressure is all released, carefully open the lid of the pot.
  • Gently fluff the rice with a fork or gently stir using a good quality spatula.
  • Garnish with cilantro leaves & curry leaves (if using).
  • If serving at a later time, keep it closed, but gently stir in between at regular intervals for a couple of times which will help the rice not to stick to each other as it cools down.
    You may discard the bay leaves before serving the rice, but keeping the bay leaves inside the cooked rice will help enhance the flavor of the rice.
    Serve the delicious rice with any curry or side dishes as you like.



Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg