Instant Pot Beef and Basmati Rice- Beef Pulao or Pilaf- One Pot Meal

Perfect One-Pot meal made in the Instant Pot: Beef Pulao or Beef and Basmati Rice.

I’ve used stew cut beef to make this dish. Basmati rice has to be used, it’s the most flavorful rice. Since the rice is cooked along with beef and the gravy, rice will taste extremely tasty and aromatic.

Make sure there is enough liquid while cooking rice, rice: water ratio should be 1 cup: 1 1/4 cups.

I had to add additional 1/2 cup water to make the liquid to 3 1/4 cups as I’ve added 3 cups of basmati rice.

You can replace stew cut beef with ground beef, ground beef and rice can be cooked together for 6 minutes, here is the video link:

Instant Pot Beef and Basmati Rice- Beef Pulao or Pilaf- One Pot Meal
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6 People
For marinating Beef
  • Beef, stew cut- 1 lb or ½ Kg
  • Garlic, grated- 2 cloves
  • Ginger, grated- 2 inch slice
  • Chili powder- 1 to 1½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Cumin Powder- ½ tsp
  • Garam Masala- 1 tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
For cooking Beef
  • Coconut oil- 1 tbsp
  • Dried bay leaf- 1
  • Onion, chopped- 2
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Garlic, grated- 1 clove
  • Ginger, grated- 1 inch slice
  • Green chili, halved- 1 or 2
  • Tomato, chopped- 1, large
  • Marinated beef
  • Water- ½ cup
  • Cilantro, chopped- ¼ cup
For cooking Rice
  • Basmati rice- 3 cups
  • Water- ½ cup
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- ¼ cup
  1. In a bowl, combine beef with all the ingredients mentioned 'for marinating beef'. Keep aside.
  2. Turn on Instant Pot.
  3. Select Saute mode at Normal temperature.
  4. Add coconut oil and dried bay leaf.
  5. Add onions, seaosn with salt.
  6. Add grated garlic, ginger and green chili halved.
  7. Combine well and saute onions for 2 minutes. No need to cook till onions turn golden.
  8. Add tomato, combine well.
  9. Add marinated beef.
  10. Add ½ cup water and chopped cilantro.
  11. Close the pot with the lid.
  12. Select pressure cook setting, set time to 20 minutes at high pressure.
  13. If using 7 in 1 DUO IP: turn pressure valve to sealing.
  14. While beef is being cooked, soak the rice in water for 15 minutes.
  15. After 20 minutes of pressure cooking, do a quick pressure release.
  16. Open the lid, beef will be cooked well along with flavourful gravy.
  17. For cooking 3 cups basmati rice, 3¼ cups liquid is required.
  18. You can measure the amount of liquid in the pot. I had to add ½ cup more water.
  19. Rinse the soaked rice taken in a strainer, drain the water.
  20. Add the rice to the cooked beef and gravy.
  21. Add ½ tsp more salt, taste the gravy and add salt according to your needs.
  22. Add chopped cilantro.
  23. Close the pot with the lid.
  24. Select pressure cook setting, set time to 6 minutes at high pressure.
  25. minutes of pressure cooking will make the basmati rice soft. 5 minutes of cooking rice will be crisp.
  26. After 6 minutes of cooking, do a quick pressure release.
  27. Open the lid.
  28. Fluff the beef and rice with a spoon.
  29. If you find the rice to be crisp, close the pot with the lid and let stand for 15 minutes (do not turn on the IP). The pot is still hot, so the rice will continue to cook and will turn soft.
  30. Serve onto a plate and enjoy with raita, pickle or pappad.