Pea Pulao

Pea Pulao

Rice is a staple in every kitchen and why not? It’s easy and delicious. I grew up eating pea pulao, which is Indian basmati rice with peas -- my mom always added extra peas to make sure her kids were eating more vegetables. Now I do the same thing, and I also add whole spices to the rice for great flavor and aroma.  

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 6


The Rice & Peas

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion (thinly sliced)
  • 3/4 cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup basmati rice (washed)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Salt (to taste)

The Spices

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 green cardamom seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon

Special Equipment


  1. On instant pot, press “Saute” mode and add oil.

  2. Once oil is hot, add in whole spices and saute until aromatic (about 30 seconds).

  3. Add in chopped onions and saute until onions turn light brown.

  4. Add in green peas, basmati rice, water, salt and mix well.

  5. Close lid on pot and turn valve from “Venting” to “Sealing” position, then press “Cancel”.

  6. Set pot to “Manual/Pressure Cook” (high pressure) set timer to 6 minutes.

  7. Do quick release and once pressure released, open lid and gently fluff rice.