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Beetroot Rice served in a bowl garnished with cilantro and whole beetroot on right
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Instant Pot Beetroot Rice (Beetroot Pulao)

Instant Pot Beetroot Rice (Beetroot Pulao) is delicious and healthy one pot rice dish made with beetroot and peas in pulao style.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword beetroot pulao, beetroot recipes, healthy, instant pot beetroot rice
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 240kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup beetroot grated
  • ½ cup green peas ( i used frozen)
  • 3 green chili
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • few curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves optional
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 cups water (depends on rice quality)
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Whole Spices

Dry Spices


Instant Pot Method:

  • Press SAUTE on Instant Pot. Add oil and once it's hot add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom, cloves, curry leaves, cumin. Saute for 30 secs (till aromatic).
    step to saute whole spices collage
  • Then add green chilies, ginger-garlic paste, and saute for another minute until the raw smell goes away.
    step to saute green chilies and ginger collage
  • Then add sliced onions, Saute for 2-3 minutes until translucent - stir regularly.
    step to saute onions till light brown collage
  • Add green peas, grated beetroot, and cook for another 2 minutes.
    step to add grated beetroot and peas collage
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, biryani powder, or garam masala, and mix well.
    step to add dry spices and cook for beetroot rice pilaf collage
  • Then add rinsed basmati rice, water, salt, and give a stir.
    step to add rice water and pressure cook beetroot pulao in instant pot collage
  • Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to Sealing. Cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Once the pot beeps, Wait for natural pressure release (NPR) for 10 minutes.
  • Remove lid away from you, garnish with Cilantro and lime juice
    step to add cilantro to beetroot rice pilaf instant pot collage
  • Beetroot Rice/Pulao in Instant pot pressure cooker is ready. Serve with Raita or yogurt.
    Beetroot Rice served in a bowl garnished with cilantro and whole beetroot on right

Stovetop Pressure Cooker Method:

  • Follow the same steps and close the lid place a whistle and cook for 2 whistle on medium flame.


I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT

Tips & Variations:

  1. If you are soaking rice before, then add 1.25 cups of water for 1 cup of rice.
  2. You can also add finely chopped beetroot instead of grated beetroot for this Beet Rice Pilaf.
  3. You can increase or decrease spice for this beet pulao.
  4. I added green peas along with the grated beets. You can also add potatoes, bell peppers, carrots.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 11.7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.1mg