Instant Pot Rajma Pulao

Instant Pot Rajma Pulao Recipe| Red Kidney beans Pulao made in Instant Pot

Checkout the video recipe for Rajma Pulao, for stepwise instructions(updating soon)

Instant Pot Rajma Pulao

Rajma Pulao or Red Kidney Beans Pulao, is a delicious one pot meal made with Red Kidney Beans and Basmati Rice. A protein rich, vegan and gluten-free meal that gets ready in jiffy.

Nutritious wholesome meal that you can pack in lunch boxes or make for quick fix lunch or dinner. Simple flavorful meal that even your kids will relish with sweet curd /yogurt.

A budget friendly and time saver meal for your entire family especially for those times when we run out of veggies or want to make something wholesome in jiffy.

If you love Rajma Chawal then surely you will love this Rajma Pulao. Rajma Chawal is one of the favourite combo meals( Rajma Masala + Steamed Rice) of North Indians. Many of the families make it on for weekend brunch when whole family is at home and they together relish such staple meals. Every other weekend I make Rajma Chawal as my family loves it.

Whenever I make Rajma Masala I boil extra Rajma and keep a cup separate to make this delicious pulao for lunchboxes.

Best ways to relish it with some pickle or green chutney and any Raita of your choice.

Rajma /Red Kidney Beans Benefits

You can also use boiled Rajma, to make protein rich Rajma aur Palak ki Tikki or add it in salads with cucumber and tomatoes. You can replace Black Beans with Rajma Beans in this Vegetarian Nacho Soup for a comforting wholesome meal.

Rajma is Red Kidney bean, and is one of the most popular legume used in making the famous North Indian curry Rajma Masala. It is a great source of protein, iron and fibers along with minerals and Vits. Since it is loaded with proteins, it is a great combo with carbohydrate rich Rice.

Cooking with Rice is the theme for this Monday’s Foodie Monday Bloghop, Foodie’s Facebook group. The wonderful theme was suggested by Narmadha, who blogs at Nams Corner. For the Checkout her blog for many traditional South Indian meals and kids friendly nutritious recipes like Chocolate Banana Muffins or Rainbow cake.

Let’s see how to make Rajma Pulao 

I made this pulao in Instant Pot. Another quick and mess free way to cook food. You can also make it in Indian style Pressure Cooker or pan. In pan it takes a little longer then the pressure cooker.

I have Instant Pot Ultra, the recipe and timings work for any other model of Instant Pot.

Instant Pot comes so handy to make such one pot wholesome meals. A few fuss free meals cooked in Instant Pot..

Instant Pot Vegetable Biryani, Moong Dal Khichdi, Mix. Vegetable Pulao, Sprouted Moong Pulao, Aloo Matar Ki Tehri

Check more such meals and rice dishes.. A-Z Collection of Rice Pulao, Biryani and Khichdi 


In Rajma Pulao, use pre-boiled Rajma beans. You can also use canned Rajma/Red Kidney beans. Drain and rinse canned Rajma well before adding to pulao mix.

For the recipe I used Dark Red Kidney beans, you can use any variety  like Jammu Rajma, Light Pink Rajma or Chitra Rajma.

I have also used Basmati Rice, you can take any other good quality rice that you use for making pulao or other rice dishes.

Also, if you avoid white rice due to any reasons then substitute it with brown rice or quinoa. Cooking time will vary.

I made it without any veggies, that the way we like to have it. You can add mixed veggies if you want.

Other Ingredients used are.. Onions, ginger Garlic, whole spices, garam masala with red chilli powder.

What to do if I do not have pre boiled Rajma

In case you don’t have pre-boiled Rajma beans you can soak a cup of beans overnight. One cup dried Rajma beans gives about 2 Cups of boiled beans. Keep half to use in cutlets, salads or burritos or soups. Boiled Beans stay good for 4-5 days in refrigerator when stored in an air tight container.

You cook beans in pressure cooker(Instant Pot or Indian Pressure Cooker) and use it in pulao.  In Instant Pot overnight soaked beans take about 20 mins. of cook time. In Indian Style Pressure cooker, cook beans till 3-4 whistles on low flame for about 15-10 mins.

Also, in case you forget to soak beans overnight, a quick way is to soak beans in hot water with a tsp of salt. Cover the bowl or container in which you have soaked beans. It will take about 1-2 hrs, then you can cook beans.

Checkout the Recipe Card and Video for the step-wise instruction on how to make Rajma Pulao

Rajma Pulao or Red Kidney Beans Pulao

Rajma Pulao or Red Kidney Beans Pulao

Rajma Pulao

Instant Pot Rajma Pulao Recipe with rajma beans and rice. One Pot protein rich meal for your whole family. Rajma Pulao Video Recipe included
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Rice Soaking time 20 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Indian


  • Instant Pot
  • Ladle
  • Bowls
  • Measuring Spoons


  • 2 Cups Rice
  • 1 Cup Boiled Rajma
  • 1/2 Cup Onions(roughly Chopped)
  • 1 Tomato(roughly Chopped)
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves
  • Fresh Ginger(small piece)
  • 1-2 Green Chilies optional
  • ¼ Cup Finely Chopped Cilantro/Fresh Coriander for garnish
  • 2 tbsp Oil

Dry Whole Spices

  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Small Cinnamon Stick
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 4-5 Black Peppercorns
  • 1 Black Cardamom
  • 1 Star Anise optional
  • 1-2 Dry Red Chillies optional
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds

Powdered Spices

  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder optional
  • 1-2 tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt as per taste


  • Wash rice 2-3 nicely in tap water.
  • Soak rice in water at for least 20 mins.

Instant Pot Method

  • Plugin Instant Pot. Set the SAUTE MODE on for 10 mins.
  • When the display shows HOT, add oil.
  • Next add all the whole spices along with cumin seeds.
  • When seeds crackle, add roughly chopped onions saute for 2-3 mins. then add ginger garlic paste.
  • Cook till the raw smell of garlic goes away and onions turn light pink.
  • Then add tomatoes and cook till tomatoes start turning mushy and soft. You can cover Instant Pot with a lid.
  • Add boiled red kidney beans, garam masala, red chilli powder(if using)
  • Make coarse paste of ginger garlic and green chillies. Skip green chillies if using red chilli powder or the other way. Or use both as per your spice tolerance.
  • Drain water from soaked rice and add to pulao masala. Add salt and give a light stir.
  • Add about 1½-2 cups of water, check the level of water, it should be just above the rice.
  • Cancel the SAUTE MODE and cover and seal the lid.
  • Set the PRESSURE COOK MODE on. Set the COOK TIME to 6 mins.
  • Once 6 mins are over, wait fro 2-3 min, and do a Quick Pressure Release. Open the lid and check Pulao.
  • Add chopped cilantro/coriander leaves.
  • Serve Hot with Chutney and raita of your choice.

For Indian Pressure Cooker

  • Keep the pressure cooker on medium flame.
  • Follow all the steps till adding rice and water.
  • Close the lid of cooker and cook till 2-3 whistles on Medium Flame.
  • Let the Pressure go off naturally. Then open the cooker and check pulao.

To Cook Rajma Beans

  • Soak 1 Cup Rajma beans overnight (5-6 hrs) or 1-2 hrs in hot boiling water.
  • When ready to cook, In Instant Pot, PRESSURE COOK(HIGH) beans for 20 mins.Add about 2-2.5 Cups of water and 1 tsp of salt.
  • In Stove top Pressure Cooker, cook beans for 15-20 mins till 3-4 whistles. Add about 2-2.5 Cups of water and 1 tsp of salt.
  • Let the Pressure go away naturally then check the beans.


Keyword Instant Pot Rice recipes, One Pot Meals, Recipes with Rajma/Red Kidney Beans

Do make this wholesome nutritious Pulao for quick meal fixes or for lunchboxes. You can make and for your guests also and serve with some delicious raita like Spinach and Pomegranate Raita or Mixed Veg. Raita and Green Chutney.

Hope you and your family enjoys this delicious protein packed One Pot Meal as much as we relish it.

Check more such meals and rice dishes.. A-Z Collection of Rice Pulao, Biryani and Khichdi 

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18 thoughts

  1. In this age of lockdown, this is a must have for one pot meal. so nutritious and takes very few utensils too 🙂 will make a batch sometime this week !

  2. Rajma pulao looks so flavorful and tempting Swaty. Loved this easy nutritious and wholesome one pot meal. Perfect dish for this difficult time to make easily and quickly.

  3. Rajma Pulao sounds so yum Swaty ! Yes, its is a perfect lunch box option to make. Use of Instant Pot to make this is a lovely idea 🙂

  4. Rajma Pulao looks very inviting Swaty, very well explained in video. This is nutritious and super delicious pulao recipe, adding in my pulao list to try👍.

  5. I love it ! Sounds yummy and healthy too. I need to make something like this for the girls they are bored now. I am sure they will love it.

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