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Instant Pot Methi Pulao

Methi Pulao - a healthy, tasty and nutritious one-pot rice dish made with fenugreek leaves and few basic spices. Easy pilau rice made with minimal spices in an instant pot is an ideal option for a quick meal or to pack in a lunchbox. 
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Course: rice
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Diabetic, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Natural Pressure Release: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 38kcal
Author: Geetha



1 cup =250ml ; 1 tablespoon =15ml ;1 teaspoon =5ml

  • 1.5 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ½ inch Cassia (Dalchini)
  • 1 Cardamom
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 cup/ 140gm/1 large Onion sliced
  • 3 Green Chillies sliced (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Ginger-Garlic crushed
  • ½ cup/ 113 gms/ 1 medium Tomato chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Peppercorn (optional) crushed (adjust to taste)
  • Salt as required
  • ½ cup/ 116 gms Frozen methi (fenugreek leaves) thawed
  • Coriander handful
  • 2 cups/ 470 gms Rice
  • 4 cups/ 1 lt Water


  • Before you get started, scroll up a little and watch a quick recipe video.
  • Check the notes and tips at the bottom of the recipe for extra info and help.
  • Wash rice with cold water 2-3 times or until water runs clear. Keep it aside.
  • Add butter and oil, once butter melts add bay leaf, cassia, cardamom, cloves, cumin and saute for few seconds until fragrant.
  • Stir in onion, green chillies, crushed ginger garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until onion turns soft.
  • Now add tomato and cook for 2-3 minutes until it starts to soften.
  • Add crushed black pepper, thawed fenugreek and saute for couple of minutes and then CANCEL saute mode.
  • Add rice, water, coriander, mix well.
  • Secure the pot with lid, turn the knob to SEALING position.
  • Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then turn the knob to VENT position.
  • Once the pin goes down take the lid off the pot and fluff the rice gently.
  • Stir gently and serve piping hot methi pulao with any side dish of your choice.


The total cook time stated includes the time IP takes to start the timer until the countdown ends.
Ensure to deglaze the pot to prevent BURN message. Even a tiny bit of onion stuck to the bottom of pot results in a 'burn' message! 
I've made this recipe in Instant Pot Duo 5.7 litre (6 Qt) and the rice cooked perfectly fluffy. 
This recipe works for double the quantity with the timer set to 5 minutes. However, the IP would take more time to start the timer. 
** Nutritional information provided here is estimated and for guidance only. Please refer my Recipe Disclaimer for more details.


Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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