Beetroot Rice or Beet Rice Pulao made in the Instant Pot, is a great way to sneak in some beets into your diet. Easy, vegan & gluten-free meal perfect for busy days.

Beet Pulao Rice Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
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Recently I tried ordering produce from imperfectproduce.  They are creating a marketplace for produce that goes to waste as it does not look perfect to be in a supermarket, but is as nutritious and delicious.  What a great idea!  

I wanted to support it, and subscribed to their service.  I got my first box of produce with lots of beets, which are awesome in summer.  So here is the recipe for beets with an Indian twist – Beet Pulao or Beet Rice prepared in the pressure cooker.

Growing up in India, I have always known beetroot.  However, as I was browsing recipes, I saw most of them just mentioned beet.  I wondered if it is a short version until I checked wikipedia (the most trusted source ;-).  

I found that “The beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant, usually known in North America as the beet, also table beetgarden beetred beet, or golden beet.”.  So it is not just a nickname; it is really the name and hence the name of this recipe now “Beet Rice”.

You will also love my other pulao variations – Peas Pulao, Vegetable Pulao, Chana Dal Pulao, and Dalia Pulao.

Beetroot Nutrition 

I always like to write about the nutrition of the main ingredients used in the recipe.  So here is a bit about Beets.

“Beet is of exceptional nutritional value – low in fat, full of vitamins, minerals, iron, and packed with powerful antioxidants – a health-food titan“.  

They are also an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fiber, manganese and potassium.  Although I don’t use the beet greens in this recipe, they are also very nutritious and can be cooked up and enjoyed in the same way as spinach.

If you like beets, learn how to steam beets in the pressure cooker or try these air fryer beets if you like them crispy. You can also check out this collection of 10 Beetroot Recipes.

Ready to use up some of the beets in this nutritious rice?  Not just nutritious, this pulao is also very easy to prepare in our very loved Instant Pot.  So let’s get going!

How to make Beetroot Rice?

This is a fairly easy preparation for the beet rice.  

  • The first step is to heat the oil and sauté the whole spices.  I like to throw in some whole spices for the aroma they add to the dish, but frankly they are optional.
  • Then add in the onions, ginger, garlic paste and sauté for a few minutes.  Add the chopped beets and any other veggies you want to add.  I added green peas, as that is what I had at hand.  Other possible options to add are potatoes, bell peppers, carrots and edmame.
  • Now you are ready to add the rice and water, and cook the rice on manual or pressure cook mode for 4 minutes at high pressure.  That is it for the active time to prepare this rice!
  • When the instant pot beeps, do a 10 minute natural pressure release.  This means let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release the pressure manually.
steps to make beet rice in the instant pot

Beetroot Rice is ready.  Mix in the lemon juice and fluff the rice. If you like, you can garnish with cilantro and/or cashews.  Enjoy it with raita or homemade yogurt.

Stovetop Method

Follow the same steps in a large pot on a medium-high flame. Add the rinsed rice and water to the pot. For the stovetop method, increase the amount of water to 2 cups for each cup of rice.

Bring to a boil, then simmer, cover, and cook on low heat until the rice is cooked and all the water is absorbed. (If using a stovetop pressure cooker, cook for 1 whistle)

Fluff the rice with a fork to check if it is well cooked.

I love the colors in this beet rice.  Since I started preparing this dish 2 weeks ago, I have already made this 4 times and served it to friends, who all loved it.  Who wouldn’t?? 🙂

Beet Pulao Rice Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Try this Beet Rice and let me know how you like it. If you are looking for more rice recipes, check out:

5 from 14 votes

Instant Pot Beet Rice Pulao

A mildly flavored rice pulao with beets, green peas and aromatic spices in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.  
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

Whole Spices (optional)

Spices

Instructions 

  • Start the instant pot in sauté mode and heat it. Add ghee, cumin seeds and whole spices and sauté them for 30 seconds until the cumin seeds change color.
  • Add the sliced onions, ginger, garlic and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add the beets, green peas and spices. Mix well.
  • Add the rice and water to the pot. Stir the ingredients in the pot. Close the lid with vent in sealing position. 
  • Change the instant pot setting to manual or pressure cook mode for 4 minutes at high pressure.
  • When the instant pot beeps, do a 10 minute NPR. This means let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release the pressure manually.  
  • Add the lemon juice and fluff the rice.
  • Beet Pulao is ready. Enjoy with homemade yogurt or raita.

Stovetop Method

  • Follow the same steps in a large pot on medium-high flame. Add the rinsed rice and water to the pot. For stovetop method, increase the amount of water to 2 cups for each cup of rice.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer, cover and cook on low heat until the rice is cooked and all the water is absorbed. (If using a stovetop pressure cooker, cook for 1 whistle)
  • Fluff the rice with a fork. Add lemon juice and enjoy the pulao!

Notes

Whole Spices: Adding whole spices is optional.  You can enjoy this beet pulao even if you don’t have all the whole spices in your pantry.
Veggies: I added green peas along with the beets, as that is what I had at hand.  Other possible options to add are potatoes, bell peppers, carrots and edmame.  

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 1193mgPotassium: 184mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 240IUVitamin C: 11.9mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1.2mg

Additional Info

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegan
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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23 Comments

  1. Hi Meeta. I made this pilaf last night with diced carrots and beets. I added 2 tablespoons of coconut milk as I had it handy. It turned out very tasty. This recipe will be a keeper. I am planning to make it often and will be a great addition for parties too. Since I am a vegetarian, I am usually short of recipes with rice. Thank you for posting this recipe.

  2. It was lovely. My family loves beetroot but I have never tried it as a pulao as I always felt it would colour everything red. It actually turned out very colourful and tasty. Will definitely do it again soon.

    1. Hi Karishma – You can refrigerate this pulao for up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Tried this for dinner tonight. Doubled up on the quantities and used spiralled beets for ease. Turned out great. Thank you!

    1. Hey Jincy – Glad you enjoyed the pulao. Thank you for sharing your review and the delicious photo on Facebook 🙂

  4. Tried this today and it came out quite nice, sometimes my pulao comes out mushy in IP, but in this case, it was perfect. Will try your other rice recipes as well. Thanks..

    1. Hey Amy – So happy to hear you enjoyed the pulao and it cooked perfectly. I would love to hear how any other recipes you try turn out. Thank you!

  5. Hi Meeta! I made your beet pulao yesterday and loved it! My pulao turned a deep red/purple haha but I did not mind because it was such a beautiful and royal color! How did you get your pulao to maintain its color?

    I am new to your blog and LOVE it!!

    1. Thank you, Manisha. Glad you found the blog 🙂 I think it might be the quantity of beets added. Try adding lesser next time so the color is only spread near the beet pieces. Also, fluff the pulao once you open the ip. I would love to hear any feedback for other recipes you try!

    2. When I cook this In rice cooker I add my beets only towards the end part of rice cooking , almost when rice and water are at the same level. , that way all rice don’t get the red color …. but I don’t know how to do this in an IP. Would really want to know.

      1. Hi Shakun – I agree that might be an issue in the instant pot where everything is cooking together. I added the beets and then did not stir. You can also try with adding rice and water, and then just put the beets on top and not stir. Another option is to cook the beets along with the pulao with the pot-in-pot method and mix them in the rice after cooking.

      1. It gets a little tricky with brown rice, as they take 22 minutes to cook at high pressure. In that much time, the veggies will turn to a mush. Here is what I would do – Start cooking brown rice pot-in-pot, for 18 mins at high pressure. Then remove them. Put the ip on saute mode, and do the steps to saute onions, ginger, garlic. Add the beets, veggies and spices. Then add the half cooked rice along with the water. Pressure cook for 4 mins at high pressure and 10 minutes NPR. Hope that helps!