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South Indian Cabbage Rice in Instant Pot

Cabbage rice or pulao is a healthy one-pot dish made with minimal spices. Naturally gluten-free and vegan, this cabbage pilaf is very easy to make and is ready in less than 30 minutes, with less than 10 minutes of hands-on time.
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Author: Shilpa
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cabbage shredded (½ head of cabbage)
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup cashew
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ lemon or lime
  • 2 tablespoon coconut (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro
  • cups water

Instructions

  • Wash the rice thoroughly. Soak it in water for 20-30 minutes.
  • Set the Instant Pot in saute mode (normal) and add oil.
  • Once it heats, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and hing.
  • Add cashew and fry until they are golden (1 minute).
  • Add curry leaves, ginger, and green chili. Saute for a few seconds.
  • Add cabbage, peas, turmeric powder, and salt. Saute for two minutes.
  • Drain the water from the soaked rice.
  • Add rice and 2½ cups of water. Give it a good mix.
  • Close the lid and pressure cook on high for 6 minutes. Do a quick release of the pressure.
  • Add lemon juice, cilantro, and coconut. Mix the rice gently.
  • Serve with plain yogurt or raita.

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Notes

See the tips section above for useful tips to make this dish.
Nutrition Facts
South Indian Cabbage Rice in Instant Pot
Amount per Serving
Calories
251
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Sodium
 
16
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
201
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
43
g
14
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
171
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
48
mg
58
%
Calcium
 
47
mg
5
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.