Instant Pot Brown rice pilaf recipe
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5 from 1 vote

Instant Pot Brown Rice Pilaf

An easy-peasy mildly spiced vegan pilaf with brown rice and vegetables made in Instant Pot. A perfect pair for all the curries.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: brown rice pilaf, Instant Pot Recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Srividhya G


  • 1 tbsp corn oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 green chili slit into half
  • 2 cardamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp frozen corn
  • 2 tbsp frozen peas
  • 4 mint leaves torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup Long-Grain Brown Rice
  • 1 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Prep - Work:

  • Wash the rice and drain the water thoroughly. No need to soak the rice.
  • Slit the green chili into two.
  • Thaw the frozen corn and peas and bring it to room temperature. I soaked it in water for 15 minutes and drained the water.


  • Press the saute button, and the display shows HOT, add the oil.
  • After 30 to 45 seconds, add the cumin seeds, fennel seeds, bay leaf, green chili, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon. Mix it and fry for 20 seconds.
  • Then add the corn and peas and gently mix. Then add the mint leaves and stir for 30 seconds.
  • At this stage add the rinsed long-grain brown rice followed by 1.75 cups of water.
  • Add the salt and mix thoroughly. Press the cancel button.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and make sure the vent is in the sealing position.
  • Press the manual button and set the time to 25 minutes on high pressure. After cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Open the lid and gently fluff the rice. As the rice cools down, all the moisture (if any) will be absorbed.



  • I did not include any onion or garlic. But you can add 1/4 cup of chopped onion, and two garlic cloves finely chopped for this rice measure.
  • Adjust the salt and green chili according to your preference.
  • Adjust the water and cooking time according to the rice variety and also as per your personal texture preference.
  • You can add other veggies too like carrots and potatoes. But do not add more than 1/4 cup of vegetables.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.4mg