Cabbage Mint Pulao

Blogging Marathon #125 Week 1, Day 3
Theme : Biryanis or Simple Pulaos

I am a big Instant Pot fan and use it every single day in my cooking. It’s a pressure cooker with a lot more safety and convenient features built into it. I was so happy when Pavani published her Instant pot cookbook. I already have the book and keep trying recipe after recipe from the book!

The cabbage mint Pulao is from her book and I have already made it a couple of times. It’s really easy to make, very tasty and you really don’t need any side dishes for it. Its a one pot meal perfect for weekday dinner!

Cabbage and mint that too with yogurt is not a combination I have ever come across before, but this recipe just works! Adjust the chilies according to your spice preference. I have more or less followed the original recipe as such except for changing the cooking program to Rice mode. I find that you can let the pressure release naturally without rice getting mushy using this program.

Read on for the recipe.


  • 1.5 cups basmati rice
  • 1” piece ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • Salt as needed


  1. Wash and drain the rice. Soak it in 2 cups of water and set aside.
  2. In a blender, make a paste of ginger, garlic, mint, coriander powder and yogurt. Set aside.
  3. Select sauté in Instant pot. Add oil and once it’s hot add chopped onion. Cook for a minute or two until it’s pink in color. Add the ground mint paste and cook until it doesn’t smell raw anymore – another 2-3 minutes or so.
  4. Add the cabbage, tomatoes, rice along with the water and salt as needed. Mix everything ensuring there is nothing sticking to the bottom of the inner pot.
  5. Place the lid on and select the Rice program. Once it’s done, let the pressure release naturally. Serve with yogurt or raita.

3 thoughts on “Cabbage Mint Pulao

  1. Yogurt and masala adds a beautiful flavor to the rice and it is our favorite way to make with whatever veggies in hand. The pulao sound comforting and yummy!


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