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Instant Pot Cashew Rice – Kaju Pulao

Instant Pot Cashew Rice – Kaju Pulao is the perfect side for any meal.  It’s fullof flavor, and so irresistibly delicious.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


Whole Spices


  • 1 cup rice, basmati
  • 3 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1/2 onion, medium (1 cup chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste 
  • 3 serrano peppers, small (hari mirch) (optional)
  • 30 cashew nuts, raw, unsalted, skinless
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (dhaniya ke patte)



  • Rinse and dice the onions vertically. They should be chopped into thin long slices.
  • Rinse and slit the serrano peppers, keeping them intact.
  • Rinse and chop the cilantro finely. Set aside
  • Rinse the rice well until the water runs clear. Set aside


  • Select sauté on the instant pot. Add ghee to the pot.
  • Add the whole spices, listed under whole spices(bay leaf, whole black peppercorns, cinnamon stick, cumin seeds, black cardamom pod, green cardamom pods, cloves, star anise, and mace).
  • When the cumin seeds change color, in about a minute, add in the cashew nuts.
  • Let the cashew nuts sauté for 2 until they change color slightly. Further add in the onions and sauté them until they turn translucent. For about 3 to 4 minutes. Keep stirring intermittently.
  • Add in the ginger garlic paste and serrano peppers. Sauté for about a minute.
  • Next add in rice, water, and salt. Stir well.
  • Press cancel. Furthermore, close the lid and select manual for 4 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then quick release the pressure. Finally open the lid, fluff the rice with a fork, and transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
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