Instant Pot Matar Pulav or Peas Pulao is a popular recipe from North Indian cuisine made with Peas and Basmati RIce. It is a simple recipe that is naturally Gluten-free and can be made vegan easily. The Pulav is delicious when served warm with some chilled yogurt, pickles, and papadums.
Instant Pot Matar Pulav Easy Recipe
Winters + short days + running around the clock calls for easy and simple recipes that are efficient and nutritious. When made with everyday ingredients, these recipes are more appreciated. I am sure that you will agree with me on that.
Thanks to Instant Pot, life has become less complicated and more manageable in the kitchen. If you are new to Instant Pot, then this is the right recipe to start with. What better than the humble rice to break the ice, right?
Here are few things to know, before we move on to the recipe.
- Do not be intimidated by Instant-Pot. Accept it and Embrace it. Instant-Pot is very promising. It takes few initial hit and runs, and after that, you operate it smoothly. I promise.
- Read the manual carefully for functions. Join some Instant-Pot groups on Facebook to get started since that will be of great help.
- There is no BABYSITTING on this machine. Cooking is MESS-FREE and MULTI-PURPOSE.
- Some common words that you will hear are cooking on MANUAL which is actually PRESSURE COOK. SAUTE is another favorite function. Some commonly used functions that I use are- Manual/ Pressure, Saute Mode, Bean Mode, Soup & Stew Mode.
- It is your BEST FRIEND if you are a busy person. It is very convenient to use on busy days, when you are sick, or when you want to take it easy.
Coming back to Matar Pulav. MATAR is GREEN PEAS and PULAV is RICE DISH, also known as Pilaf in some cuisines. An important point to note in North Indian Rice DIshes is that Basmati Rice is used and is cooked in a way that every grain remains separated after cooking. Mushy Pulav is a culinary no-no. Pay attention to the Tips and Tricks as mentioned in the recipe to get it right.
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This is how you make Instant Pot Matar Pulav
Total Cooking Time mentioned in the recipe includes the time it takes for IP to kick in and release the pressure.
Instant Pot Matar Pulav is a popular recipe from North Indian cuisine made with Peas and Basmati RIce. It is a simple recipe that is naturally Gluten-free and can be made vegan easily. The Pulav is delicious when served warm with some chilled yogurt, pickles, and papadums.
- 2 cups Basmati Rice
- 1 tsp Ginger finely chopped
- 1 large Onion, Red chopped into thin slices
- 1 cup Green Peas, frozen or fresh
- 2&1/2 cups Water to cook
- 1 tbsp Ghee Use Cooking Oil for Vegan Option
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1 Bay leaf, small
- 1 Cinnamon Stick, small
- 4 Cloves
- 4 Black Pepper corns
- 2 Green Cardamom slightly crushed
- 1 Black Cardamom
- 1/2 tsp Garam Masala good quality,
- 1/4 tsp Red Chili Powder
- 2 tsp Salt or to taste
Wash Basmati Rice 4-5 times under cold running water till water runs clear. This is important to wash away any chemicals and preservatives. Soak rice for 25-30 minutes in just enough water, covering the surface. After 30 minutes, drain the water. While rice is soaking prep other things for the recipe like chopping the onions, ginger and gathering other ingredients together.
Plug in the IP. Place the inner pot. Press the SAUTE MODE on your IP and set it to HIGH.
When HOT is displayed, add ghee to the inner pot. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, black peppercorns, green cardamom and black cardamom. Saute for 30-40 seconds till cumin seeds start crackling.
Now add chopped ginger and thinly sliced onions to the pot. Saute for 4-5 minutes, until onions are slightly brown and crisp.
Add soaked & drained RICE + GREEN PEAS to the Insta Pot along with Garam Masala, Salt, and Red Chili Powder. Give it a good stir and cook for 30-40 seconds.
Add 2&1/2 cups of water to the IP. Again give it a good stir.
Place the IP LID. Close it and set the FLOATING VALVE to SEALING.
Now CANCEL the Saute Mode.
Set the Manual/Pressure cook mode to 5 MINUTES and HIGH PRESSURE. It will take good 5-6 minutes for IP to kick in the cooking mode. It takes that much of time to heat up.
Once the beep goes off after 5 minutes are over, immediately, set the FLOATING VALVE to Venting that is QUICK MANUAL PRESSURE RELEASE.
Once the pressure is released and the safety pin drops down, open the lid carefully. Let the rice sit in the pot without touching for about 5 minutes.
Now take a fork and fluff it gently and slowly, separating each grain carefully. Matar Pulav in Instant Pot is ready where every grain is separated beautifully and each rice grain is still long and intact. KHILE KHILE CHAWAL.
It is best served hot or warm with Raita, Pickle, and Papadums.
Most of the steps remain the same. Only difference is cook the rice in pressure cooker in 3 cups of water. After the first whistle, turn the heat off and release the pressure quickly. Rest follow the same tips for fluffing the rice.
Most of the steps remain the same. When you cook in a Pan, cook in 3&1/2 cups water. After first boil, reduce the heat and to lower medium. Cook it covered till all the water is absorbed. Switch off the heat. Wait for 5 minutes after opnening the lid. Fluff the rice with fork as directed above.
I am sure that you are going to try this soon. Some other Pulav recipes are – Kashmiri Pulav, Jodhpuri Pulav, Mint Peas Pulav, Gobhi Anaar Pulav, Indian Winter Vegetable Pulav , Farro & wild RIce Pilaf and many more.
My mother in law often made this dish, when she was short of time or didn’t want to cook elaborate. She called these Matar ke Chawal. This dish used to be one of my favorites from her recipes. Simple and rustic flavors of this dish are very fulfilling and the aromas are pretty ambrosial. Sometimes you do not need a variety of dishes or complicated elaborate recipes to please your heart. SIMPLE wins you over like none other.
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This is a perfect recipe for any lazy weekend or take it for your get together. Matar Pulav can be an easy lunch meal that is vegetarian and can be easily made vegan. It is a complete meal for everybody including those who are allergic to Gluten, making it gluten free as well.
Some more Instant pot recipes from other bloggers are –Instant Pot Pav Bhaji, Instant Pot Chipotle lentil Zoodle Soup, Instant Pot Khichdi, Instant Pot Vegetable Pulav, Spinach chili, Instant Pot Dal Fry.
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