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Rice and Broccoli Pilaf

This Rice and Broccoli Pulao/Pilaf is not only good for health, but also has a great flavor due to Broccoli and Indian spices! It is effortless to prepare and tastes divine with that bowl of yogurt.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 977kcal


  • Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup Broccoli minced
  • 1 inch ginger minced
  • 2-3 teaspoon salt per taste
  • 1 cup water for soaking and to be rinsed
  • 2 tbsp Ghee or plant-based oil
  • 1 green chili Optional, I use Serrano pepper


  • 2 Bayleaves
  • 2 cloves


  • Soak Rice in water for an hour. You may skip this step and just rinse with water a few times. If you haven't soaked the rice, the water required for cooking is 1.25 cups.
  • Put the Instant Pot in Saute Mode and add Ghee/Oil. 
  • When "Hot," cut the Chili into two halves and add. Add Bay leaves and cloves.
  • Add broccoli-ginger mix and stir for a minute.
  • Rinse the water from soaked rice, add to the pot and stir for a couple of minutes.
  • Add water, salt and close the lid in sealed mode. 
  • Set the Instant Pot to the "Rice" mode.
    STOVETOP: For cooking with a pressure cooker on a stovetop, one whistle should work fine. 
  • Once done, let the pressure release naturally. 
  • Serve hot with yogurt, Hummus, Veggies, lentils, or chutney of your choice.


Calories: 977kcal | Carbohydrates: 156g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1220mg | Potassium: 500mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 567IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 2mg