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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
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