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Kheema Pulao
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4.62 from 54 votes

Kheema Pulao

A flavor-packed one pot meal with fragrant long grain basmati rice cooked in ground chicken and aromatic-warm whole spices like black pepper, cumin seeds and cinnamon.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 429kcal



  • 1 lime
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper freshly ground


  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat ghee. Add cumin seeds, black peppercorn, cinnamon and bay leaves. Saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until the onions start to brown. Cover with a non-locking glass lid to speed up the process.
  • Add ginger, garlic and chicken. Sauté, breaking the chicken and browning it for a minute. Add tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric, mint leaves and salt. Mix well.
  • Add rice and water. Gently mix making sure all the rice is under the liquids. Close the Instant Pot lid with pressure valve to sealing. Pressure cook (Hi) for 5 minutes with a 5 minute natural pressure release.
  • Open the Instant Pot and gently fluff the top rice (Note, if the rice looks uncooked on the top, just mix it with the rice under and close the Instant Pot for 5 minutes) 
  • Add lime juice, cilantro and black pepper. Turn the Instant Pot off and take the insert out so the rice does not overcook or get mushy. Enjoy hot.



Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 1252mg | Potassium: 829mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg
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