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Quinoa & Vegetable Pilaf - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Easy and healthy quinoa with veggies made as a one-pot meal in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: easy, instant pot, pressure cooker
Diet: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Servings: 3
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Meeta Arora



  • Start the pressure cooker in Saute mode and let it heat. Once it is hot, add oil and cumin seeds.
  • After they start to splutter, add onions, ginger and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add the spices and mixed vegetables. Stir and let them cook for a minute. 
  • Add quinoa, water and mix well. Close lid with vent in sealing position. 
  • Change instant pot setting to manual or pressure cook mode at high pressure for 2 minutes. After the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally.
  • After you open the instant pot, mix the juice of one lemon and garnish with cilantro.
  • Serve hot with yogurt or raita.



  • You can use any veggies you have at home for this recipe, such as corn, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, green peas, asparagus and more... 
  • I used frozen veggies for this recipes, however you can use fresh veggies cut into small pieces and they will cook well in this suggested cooking time. 
  • This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Pressure Cooker. 


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 48.2g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 6.2g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3.6mg