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Instant Pot Holiday Jeweled Rice Recipe

This Instant Pot Holiday Jeweled Rice is the perfect Vegetarian Side dish for any Holiday party. It's nutty, colorful and makes for a great centerpiece at any dinner.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: fusion
Servings: 6 Servings


Topping for Holiday Jeweled Rice:

  • ¼ cup Pistachios
  • ¼ tsp Slivered Almonds
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Medium Carrots, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • ¼ cup Dried Cherries or cranberries or raisins or a mix

For the Rice:

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 4 Scallions, white & green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups Long grain Rice (I used Basmati rice), rinsed and drained
  • ½~1 tsp Crushed red chili flakes (adjust as per taste)
  • ¾ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ground Cardamom
  • ½ tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 2 tbsp Orange zest
  • To taste Salt & Pepper
  • cups Water
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter


Prep the Toppings:

  • Heat the Instant Pot on 'Saute' mode. Add the pistachios, almonds and saute till tightly toasted and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove the toasted nuts into a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in the pot, add the carrots and cook, stirring frequently until they are fork tender, about 4~5 minutes. Add the sugar and salt. Mix well and remove from the pot. Set aside.

Make the Instant Pot Rice:

  • Heat the remaining 2tbsp oil in the pot. Add the scallions, onions and garlic and saute till they turn translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in the drained rice along with the spices (crushed red pepper, ground cinnamon, cardamom), turmeric, salt and pepper. Cook till the rice turns opaque, about 2~3 minutes.
  • Add the water, orange zest - mix well. Press 'Cancel' on the instant pot. Next set it on Pressure cook/ manual for 5 minutes. Close the lid and make sure that the pressure valve is set to 'sealing'.
  • Naturally let the pressure down. Add the butter and gently fork the rice to separate the grains.

To Serve:

  • Spread the rice onto the serving platter. Top with the toasted nuts, carrots, dried fruit and green part of the scallions.
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