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Cabbage Rice (Cabbage Pulao) - Instant Pot

Cabbage Rice or pulao is a simple one pot healthy rice dish made with cabbage, rice and few spices
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka, South Indian
Keyword cabbage, cabbage rice, instant pot, rice recipes
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 220kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


  • 1 cup basmati rice short grain rice can also be used
  • 2.5 cups cabbage shredded or finely chopped
  • ½ cup green peas (fresh/frozen)
  • 1 medium onion thinly sized
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (jeera) seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder or biryani masala powder
  • juice of half lemon
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1.5 cups water

To Grind/Blend


Instant Pot Method

  • Grind/Blend green chilies, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom together to a coarse paste. Keep aside. You can also add two tablespoons of fresh coconut while grinding tastes excellent.
    step to blend paste collage
  • Press SAUTE mode on Instant Pot. Add oil to the POT. Once POT is hot, add in the cumin/jeera. Then add the blended mixture and saute for 15 secs.
    **Note: the mixture can stick or burn to the bottom, stirring continuously.
    step to saute cumin seeds and paste collage
  • Then add in the onions and saute until the onions turn light brown.
    Note:You can also add chopped tomatoes to this recipe, but I haven't added them in this.
    step to saute onions till brown collage
  • Now add in the chopped cabbage, green peas, turmeric powder, mix well and saute for 30 secs.
    step to add shredded cabbage and cook collage
  • Add rice, garam masala, salt, water, and give a quick stir.
    step to add rice and water collage
  • Close the lid on the pot. Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and set the timer to 6 minutes.
  • Do a QUICK RELEASE (QR), OR if you have time, wait for NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE (NPR).
  • Once the pressure has released, open the lid. Add the juice of a half lemon and garnish with coriander leaves and mix well.
    step to add lime juice and cilantro collage
  • Cabbage Rice or Cabbage pulao is ready, serve with yogurt or raita.
    cabbage rice in instant pot insert garnished with coriander leaves

Indian Pressure Cooker Method:

  • Follow the same steps and close the lid place a whistle and cook for 2 whistles on medium flame. Pressure cooker Cabbage Pulao is ready.


1. You can also add 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut (fresh or frozen) while grinding, gives an extra flavor. But it's optional if you dont have it.
2. I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 80g | Trans Fat: 9g | Sodium: 670mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 66.8mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.2mg