Instant Pot Matar Pulao (Pea Pulao)


This mildly flavored rice dish is known as matar pulao or pea pulao and it is so easy to make. The caramelized onions, aromatic spices and the sweetness from the peas make this bowl of rice taste a little extra special.

Instant Pot Pea Pulao

I already have a recipe for making perfect plain white basmati rice on the blog, but I wanted to share this pea pulao with you too because the truth is that most of the time, I make this pea pilaf over plain rice. That’s because it’s easy to make, tastes great and makes a simple meal feel a touch more elaborate.

Instant Pot Pea Pulao

In the spring and summer time, I’ll serve this pea pulao as part of a simple meal alongside this tomato stew (I skip the blending and leave it “rustic”), a spoonful of yogurt/raita and some sort of Indian pickle. So easy and tasty!

Really though, you can serve this pea pulao in any meal where you’d serve plain basmati rice. Serve it with chicken curry or paneer makhani or aloo baingan masala – the options are literally endless.

Instant Pot Pea Pulao

Instant Pot Matar Pulao (Pea Pulao)

Instant Pot Pea Pulao

Instant Pot Matar Pulao (Pea Pulao)

This mildly flavored rice dish, also known as matar pulao, is so easy to make. The caramelized onions, aromatic spices and the sweetness from the peas make this bowl of rice taste a little extra special.
4.86 from 14 reviews
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  • Soak the basmati rice in cold water for 15-30 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  • Press the sauté button, add the oil and allow it to heat up for a minute. Add the cumin seeds and once they begin to brown, add the cardamom, cloves, bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Give everything a quick stir, then add the diced onion.
  • Stir-fry for 6-7 minutes, or until the onion begins to brown. Then add the rice, peas, water and salt. Mix well.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 6 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Open the valve to release any remaining pressure.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.


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  1. Rashvinda says

    5 stars
    Follow everything closely and you got a perfect dish! I had frozen veggies instead of only peas so I used frozen veggies. Turned out amazing!

  2. Saira says

    4 stars
    Hi I made this last night but my rice was a little crispy and not fully cooked. I followed your recipe exactly. Any clue as to what went wrong?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Saira, hmm my guess would be that perhaps the seal wasn’t on properly? Or the pot didn’t come to pressure? Can you let me know if anything seemed to have gone wrong in the cooking or timing process?

  3. Zainab says

    5 stars
    I love your instant pot recipes. I’m about to make this for the 5th time. Turns out great and it’s so simple

  4. S says

    5 stars
    Lovely and simple, very close to how my mom makes it. I doubled the recipe, and used 1 cup frozen peas, 1 cup chopped, Yukon Gold potatoes. Doubled all the ingredients, except the oil, which I used just a quarter cup of. It made 5 comfortable servings, paired with a light, undressed salad (iceberg, arugula, celery greens, red bell pepper) but if everyone was super hungry, I would triple the recipe.

    Thanks for sharing! It was excellent and I’ll be making this again.

  5. Ketaki says

    5 stars
    Just tried your recipes with some variations; I had a coastal blend mix of frozen veggies and added 1 tsp indian Kitchen King masala for extra flavor. The recipe turned out amazing! Thanks a lot!!

  6. Hassan says

    I would like to make this recipe and double it; does the cooking time stay the same?
    Also, I have a 10 qt IP. Will I have to change the way I set it or the amount of water/cooking time?

    Thanks in advance,

  7. Sultana says

    Found your blog by accident and made this recipe twice this week and the flavors are spot on!

    The first time I followed the recipe exactly (with 18 minutes soak time) and some of the rice got burnt and stuck to the bottom of the pot. Also the rice were fully cooked but I would’ve liked them to be a fraction more soft than they were.

    Next time I doubled the recipe with the rice soaked for 25 minutes and 2 1/3 cups of water instead of 2 cups. This time the rice were more wet than I’d like when they were done but I covered the pot with a cloth and let it sit on warm for 15 minutes and voila! perfect! [I used frozen peas both times]
    Though the second time I wasn’t sure if I should let the pressure/release ratio be 6mins/10mins or more, so I used the Rice button on the pot. Would love to try your way if you can tell me how long should I pressure 2 cups of rice?

    Would definitely be making some of your other recipes. Thank you!

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