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Instant Pot Middle Eastern-Inspired Rice Bowl

A delicious, healthy, and filling rice bowl for lunch or dinner.
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Natural Release 10 mins
Total Time 36 mins


  • 3-quart Instant Pot
  • Tongs
  • Cutting Board
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • 3 Small stainless-steel Mixing Bowl
  • Aluminium foil
  • Trivet
  • Non-stick Flat pan or frying pan


  • 1 red onion thinly sliced sliced
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar divided
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups Basmati Rice rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 400 g halloumi cheese rinsed, dried, and sliced into 1/2 cm slices
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper to taste if you do not find harissa paste spicy enough
  • 2 avocados cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup carrots julienned
  • 1 cup red cabbage shredded


  • In a small Instant Pot-safe mixing bowl, add the onion, 2 tbsp of vinegar, and sugar. Cover with aluminium foil. Set aside.
  • In the Instant Pot, add the rice, water, salt, and ghee. Place the trivet on top of the rice. Place the bowl with the onions on top of the trivet.
  • Place the lid. Cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes. Natural release for 10 minutes.
  • While the rice is cooking, preheat the non-stick pan. Once hot, fry the cheese until golden brown on each side. About 1 – 2 minutes per side.
  • Place the cheese in a bowl. Toss with the harissa paste. Add cayenne pepper to taste if you wish. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the hummus, mayonnaise, 2 tbsp of vinegar, and garlic. Set aside.
  • Toss the cabbage with 1 tbsp of the hummus sauce.
  • Once the rice and pickled onions are done, divide the rice between serving dishes. Top with divided carrots, avocado, cabbage, pickled onions and drizzle with the hummus sauce. Enjoy!
Author: Jules Sherred
Calories: 1046kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: flavourful rice bowl


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Middle Eastern-Inspired Rice Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1046 Calories from Fat 549
% Daily Value*
Fat 61g94%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 2026mg88%
Potassium 994mg28%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 3136IU63%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 1093mg109%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.