Beet Pulao / Beetroot Rice
A mildly flavored rice pulao with beets, green peas and aromatic spices in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
Servings Prep Time
3servings 5minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
3servings 5minutes
Cook Time
  • 1cup Basmati rice
  • 1 1/4cup Water
  • 1tablespoon gheeor oil
  • 1/2teaspoon cumin seedsor Jeera
  • 1/2tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1/2tablespoons garlic paste
  • 1/2 onionthinly sliced
  • 1 beetcut into small pieces
  • 1/2cup green peas
  • 1tablespoon lemon juice
Whole Spices (optional)
  • 1inch stick cinnamonor Dal chini
  • 1 bay leafor Tej Patta
  • 1 star anise
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 3 clovesor Laung
  • 2teaspoon salt
  • 1/2teaspoon cayenneor red chili powder
  • 1/2teaspoon garam masala
  • 1teaspoon corianderor Dhania powder (optional)
  • 1/4teaspoon turmericor Haldi powder
  1. Start the Instant Pot in Sauté mode and heat it. Add ghee, cumin seeds and whole spices and sauté them for 30 seconds until the cumin seeds change color.
  2. Add the sliced onions, ginger, garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the beets, green peas and spices. Mix well.
  3. Add the rice and water to the pot. Stir the ingredients in the pot.
  4. Change the Instant Pot setting to Manual and cook for 4 minutes at high pressure.
  5. When the Instant Pot beeps, do a 10 minute Natural Release. This means let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure manually.
  6. Add the lemon juice and fluff the rice. Beet Pulao is ready. Enjoy with homemade yogurt or raita.
Recipe Notes
  1. Adding whole spices is optional. You can enjoy this beet pulao even if you don’t have all the whole spices in your pantry.
  2. To reduce spice, skip the cayenne.
  3. I added green peas along with the beets, as that is what I had at hand. Other possible options to add are potatoes, bell peppers, carrots and edamame.