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Dhaniya Pulao

Dhaniya Pulao

Dhaniya Pulao. a flavourful rice preparation with fresh cilantro/coriander(dhaniya) paste, whole spices and vegetables/nuts . A one pot meal that comes together in few minutes and can be served with any yogurt/curd  preparation.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • 3/4 Cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 Cup Fresh Cilantro/Coriander leaves
  • 6-7 Cashew Nuts
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1/4 Peas
  • 1 Onion(medium)
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves
  • Ginger Small piece
  • 1-2 Green Chillies optional
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 tsp Cumin /Jeera
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick(small)
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 4-5 Peppercorns
  • 1 Black Cardamom
  • 1-2 tsp Kitchen King Masala Garam Masala
  • 1-2 tbsp Vegetable Oil


  • Wash and soak rice 15-20 minutes before preparing. Chop carrots finely and wash peas. I have used frozen peas, you can use fresh peas.
  • Roughly chop onions. Make paste of coriander leaves, ginger garlic and green chillies. 
  • Switch on the Instant pot on SAUTE MODE. Add oil and when the display shows hot, add cumin seeds and other whole spices. Saute till the spices give aroma.
  • Add finely chopped onions, saute till it turns light pink. .Add cashew nuts and saute till onions and cashews turn light golden. Take care not to burn the onions, set the saute mode on medium or low.
  • Add the veggies and dhaniya/cilantro paste and kitchen king masala. Mix and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Cancel the SAUTE mode, add rice, salt and enough of water to soak rice. 
  • Set the PRESSURE COOK Mode on, close the lid and set the  timer to 5 minutes.
  • Once the timer goes off, cancel the pressure cook mode, release the pressure manually, check the rice.  Fluff lightly with fork.
  • Serve hot with the raita or curry of your choice.

To cook in Pressure Cooker Stove-top

  • Do the basic preparation of making onion and coriander masala, add vegetables and rice and enough water just to soak the rice. Close the lid and cook till 2 whistles. Switch off the flame and wait till the pressure releases. Open the lid check rice and fluff lightly with fork.
  • Serve hot with raita or curry of your choice!!


  • Add water to rice carefully as coriander paste already has some water in it. Rice grains should be separate, just right for the Pulao texture. You won't like to have mushy pulao.
  • Cooking Rice in an open pot takes time. If you want to cook in open pot, take a heavy bottom pan, cook rice on medium heat and add water 1/2-3/4 cup more depending upon the rice variety and time you soaked rice.
Keyword Cilantro Rice, Coriander Rice, Rice preparation