Basmati Rice Chicken Indian Instant Pot Recipes Video

Instant Pot Express Chicken Pilaf or Pulao

In just 15 minutes, you will be devouring this delicious chicken pilaf or pulao made in the Instant Pot…

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Instant Pot Express Chicken Pilaf or Pulao
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
For marinating Chicken
  • Chicken breasts, cubed- 2
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala- ½ tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
For making Pilaf
  • Oil or Ghee- 2 tbsp
  • Dried bay leaves- 3
  • Onion, sliced thin- 2
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Garlic, grated- 2
  • Ginger, grated- 1 inch slice
  • Green Chili, chopped- 1
  • Basmati rice, soaked and rinsed- 1½ cups
  • Garam Masala- ½ tsp
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
  • Water- 1¾ cups
  • Cilantro, chopped- ¼ cup
  • Mint leaves, chopped- 8 leaves
  • Saffron- 2 pinches soaked in 1 tsp water
  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients mentioned 'for marinating chicken' and let marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. Soak basmati rice in water for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Turn on IP. Sauté Mode, Normal Temperature.
  4. Let display turn hot.
  5. Add oil, dried bay leaves.
  6. Add onions, season with ½ tsp salt. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  7. Add grated garlic, ginger and green chili. Saute till onions turn light golden.
  8. Add marinated chicken. Combine well.
  9. Add basmati rice.
  10. Add garam Masala and ¼ tsp salt. Combine well.
  11. Add 1¾ cups water.
  12. Add cilantro and mint leaves.
  13. Close the pot with its lid.
  14. Select pressure cook mode. High pressure, set time to 6 minutes.
  15. After 6 mins cooking, do a quick pressure release.
  16. Add saffron water.
  17. Fluff the pilaf with a fork.
  18. Remove the stainless steel pot from the main pot, cover with a lid and let stand for a few mins.
  19. Serve on a plate along with easy salad or raita and enjoy.



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