Looking for a variety of rice dishes to cook for your family or friends? This collection has 30 delicious Indian rice recipes! From fancy layered biryanis to simple and comforting khichdi. These recipes are easy to make and will be a hit at your next meal!

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Rice is a staple food in Indian cuisine, just like bread is in other places. There are many ways to cook rice in India, not just plain steamed rice.

In some parts of India, like the south and east, people eat rice almost daily for lunch or dinner. In the north, they eat flatbreads called roti and paratha more often. But no matter where you go in India, you’re likely to find rice or roti on most people’s plates!

Here, you’ll find 30 variety rice recipes from India. Many don’t have meat and are good for vegetarians or vegans.

South Indian Rice Recipes

Tomato Rice

Thakkali Sadam

Tomato Rice is a quick, one-pot meal that’s perfect for busy days and lunchboxes. Ready in under 30 minutes, it’s tangy, flavorful, and effortless to make in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop. This family favorite is sure to become a go-to recipe!

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Lemon Rice

Lemon rice in a white plate with lemon slice

Flavorful, tangy and crunchy Lemon Rice from South India, made as a one-pot dish in Instant Pot. Aromatic Basmati Rice flavored with lemon juice, mustard seeds, ginger and topped with roasted peanuts. 

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Ven Pongal

Ven Pongal in a bowl garnished with cashews and curry leaves

Made from rice and lentils, this satisfying South Indian breakfast recipe, Ven Pongal, is enjoyed with sambar and chutney. Deliciously seasoned with curry leaves, cumin seeds, and black pepper, this vegetarian and gluten-free recipe is a wholesome meal.

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Bisi Bele Bath

Bisi Bele Bath - How Spicy lentils and rice in a pretty bowl garnished with tempering and cashews.

Bisi Bele Bath is a flavor and nutrition-filled recipe from Karnataka in Southern India. Cooked with lentils, rice, vegetables, and aromatic spices, this authentic one-pot meal is hearty and comforting.

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Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice made in the pressure cooker served in a black bowl topped with sesame seeds and scallions

Perfectly cooked rice with the sweet aroma and subtle flavor of coconut milk. This is a great vegan & gluten free rice side dish to many Asian dishes! 

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Sweet Pongal

Sakkarai Pongal (sweet pongal) served in pretty bowls for pongal festival

Sweet Pongal, also called Sakkarai or Chakkara Pongal, is a popular traditional sweet dish from South India. Made with rice, moong dal, milk and jaggery, it is a delicious sweet pudding made during festivals.

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Beetroot Rice

Beet Pulao Rice Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

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.

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North Indian Rice Recipes

Peas Pulao

A flavorful and fragrant rice dish filled with green peas, and whole spices, and topped with chopped cilantro.

This fragrant and flavorful Peas Pulao (Matar Pulao) is a staple in most Indian homes. Basmati rice is cooked with whole spices and green peas. It is delicious and effortless to make in the instant pot or stovetop. Pair this peas pulao as a side dish with any curry or dal for a wonderful meal!

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Jeera / Cumin Rice

Jeera rice in a black bowl

Perfectly cooked Basmati Rice flavored with cumin and whole spices, prepared in Instant Pot. Enjoy these aromatic Jeera Rice (Cumin Rice) with any curry or lentil.

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Vegetable Rice Pulao

Vegetable Pulao Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Veg Pulao is an easy one pot rice dish mixed with a variety of vegetables and mildly flavored with spices.

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Spinach Rice

Spinach Rice in a cast-iron pan topped with lemon slices

Aromatic basmati rice cooked with spinach and spices, make this Spinach Rice flavorful and healthy!

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Indian Turmeric Yellow Rice

Indian Yellow Turmeric Rice in a white bowl

This fragrant and flavorful Turmeric Rice is a healthy alternative to your usual white rice. Try my recipe to know how to easily make this vibrant rice on the stovetop or in the instant pot.

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Chana Pulao

Chana Pulao with curd and Cilantro leaves

Chana Pulao, also called Chickpea Pulao, is an easy, flavorful recipe perfect for weeknights. With just 10 minutes of prep time, this one-pot pulao can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop.

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Chana Dal Pulao

chana dal pulao in a white bowl with raita and onion salad on the side

Chana Dal Pulao is a delicious protein-rich vegetarian dish made with chana dal (split yellow chickpeas) and basmati rice cooked along with the aroma of whole spices. Enjoy with raita and salad.

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Wadi Chawal

Punjabi Wadi Rice recipe with Amritsar wadi

A flavorful and nutritious Punjabi rice recipe, this Wadi chawal is a delicious wholesome meal. Made with aromatic whole spices, wadiyan and basmati rice, this wadi pulao or biryani is a heathy meal for the whole family.

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Black eyed peas & Spinach Rice

Pilaf with black eyed peas and spinach served in a white bowl.

One-pot Black-Eyed Peas and Spinach Rice is a healthy and wholesome dish, perfect for weeknight meals. This vegetarian and gluten free dish is easy to make in the Instant Pot. 

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Chicken Pulao

Chicken Pulao with raita on the side

Chicken Pulao is a delicious one-pot meal made with fragrant Basmati rice, tender chicken pieces, and aromatic spices. It’s a flavorful, satisfying weeknight meal that can be made in just 30 minutes.

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Keema Rice

Keema Pulao in a black plate

Keema pulao, also known as keema rice or keema biryani, is a delightful and aromatic one-pot meal that combines succulent minced meat with fragrant basmati rice. This flavorful gluten-free rice dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner with cooling raita and salad.

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Mutton Yakhni Pulao

Yakhni Pulao Recipe ready to eat

Mutton Yakhni Pulao combines tender mutton with fragrant basmati rice to create a flavorsome and comforting meal. This delightful Mutton Pulao recipe from the Awadh or Lucknow region in India is served during celebrations including the festival of Eid. With this well-tested and easy-to-follow recipe, you can now make Yakhni Pulao with perfect results!

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Biryani

Shrimp Biryani

Shrimp biryani in a white plate

This flavorful Shrimp Biryani is made with spicy shrimp or prawns layered with fragrant basmati rice and fried onions. With this tried-and-tested recipe, learn how to make the most flavorful restaurant-style shrimp biryani.

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Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani garnished with cilantro

Learn how to make the most flavorful restaurant-style chicken biryani with tender marinated chicken, fluffy rice, and topped with crispy fried onions. You can also make one-pot chicken biryani in a pressure cooker.

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Egg Biryani

best ever egg biryani ready to serve

Egg Biryani is a flavorful and colorful rice dish loaded with fragrant spices and tender, boiled eggs. With this tried-and-tested recipe, learn how to make the most flavorful egg biryani.

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Mutton Biryani

A close-up of a platter with fluffy saffron rice, tender pieces of mutton, and garnished with coriander leaves and fried onions.

Mutton Biryani features layers of fragrant basmati rice and succulent tender mutton or lamb topped with crispy fried onions and slow-cooked to perfection in traditional dum style.

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Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani rice closeup

One-pot Vegetable Biryani made in the pressure cooker, is so easy to cook with the same authentic flavors! Fragrant basmati rice cooked with vegetables, and whole spices and herbs.

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Khichdi

Masala Khichdi

Lentil and Vegetable khichdi in a white bowl

Masala Khichdi made with lentils, rice and vegetables along with simple spices and ghee.  The epitome of comfort food all over India. 

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Instant Pot Khichdi

plain khichdi made with moong dal and rice served in a bowl topped with ghee, cilantro and pickle

Moong Dal Khichdi, or Kitchari is a simple dish made with rice and lentils, tempered in ghee with cumin seeds and turmeric. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and is a perfect comfort meal for weeknights or when someone is under the weather!

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Sweet Rice Recipes

Zarda Sweet Rice

Zarda. Meethe Chawal. Sweet Rice in Instant Pot

Meethe Chawal or Zarda Rice is a sweet and rich rice preparation loaded with dry fruits, sugar and ghee. This aromatic sweet saffron flavored rice is royal dessert made on special occasions and festivals. 

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Rice Kheer

Kheer made in instant pot served in a wooden bowl.

An Indian favorite dessert for special occasions – Rice pudding made with rice and milk infused with saffron, cardamom and assorted dried fruits. 

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Brown Rice Kheer

Brown Rice Pudding Kheer Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

An Indian favorite dessert for special occasions – Kheer made with brown rice and milk infused with saffron, cardamom and assorted dried fruits. 

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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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