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Lentil Based Veg Rice

VegCookBook by Praveena
South Indian style, Protein, Iron & Fiber Rich, Wholesome, One Pot Family Friendly Meal made in an Instant Pot / Electric Pressure Cooker.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 2 people


  • Instant Pot / Electric Pressure Cooker


  • 1 cup White Basmati Rice
  • ½ cup Yellow Moong Dal / Split Yellow Moong Lentils
  • cups Water (for cooking)
  • cups Mixed Vegetables (frozen / fresh) (chopped)
  • 10 count Cashew Nuts
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Ginger (chopped)
  • 4 count Green Chillies (slit length wise)
  • teaspoon Salt (or as per taste)
  • 1 tablespoon Whole Black Peppercorn
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Whole Cumin Seeds / Jeera
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • a handful Fresh Coriander Leaves (chopped)
  • 5 count Curry Leaves (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 2 tablespoons  Cooking Oil / Ghee


Rice : Water ratio for cooking in an Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker is 1:1½.

  • Firstly, take the rice and lentils into same bowl, wash them thoroughly and add water up to the level they are soaked well. Set the bowl aside.
  • Switch on the gadget, set to SAUTE MODE for 3 mins.
  • Add the cooking oil / ghee, whole cumin, whole pepper, black pepper powder, curry leaves, slit green chillies, chopped ginger, cashew nuts and turmeric powder.
    Sauté them until the cashew nuts turn light brown in colour.
  • Add the mixed vegetables and salt. Mix everything.
  • Drain the water from the soaked rice & lentils. Transfer the rice, lentils to the pot. Add fresh water (for cooking) into the cooker vessel.
  • Mix throughout gently, but be careful not to break the rice.
  • Close the lid of the cooker, close the valve, set to RICE MODE, under high pressure (OR) set to PRESSURE COOK mode, under high pressure for 5 mins.
  • Release the pressure naturally (NPR) & open the lid.
  • Using a fork, fluff up the rice gently, garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Done!!


Please see MAIN POST for step wise pics & recipe TIPS!!
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