This Instant Pot rice pilaf is a variation of the beef plov I grew up enjoying. This dish includes stewing beef, onion, spices, carrots, and rice that culminate in a hearty main meal. While the traditional version gets cooked outside in a large cast iron pan, you can make this one with the convenience of your pressure cooker.
Press the Sauté button on your pressure cooker. When the display shows HOT add the oil. Add the beef and brown it well from all sides, stirring frequently.
Now add the chopped onion and sauté until softened. Press Cancel to stop the Sauté mode. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the salt, the black pepper, paprika, cumin, coriander and add the bay leaves. Add 1 cup of water and stir to loosen up any browned bits from the bottom.
Close the Instant Pot lid, turn the pressure valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. This will tenderize the beef. Quick release the pressure after cooking.
Open the lid. Stir in the carrots. Then spread the rice over top (DON'T stir) and sprinkle the remaining teaspoon of salt over the rice. Slowly pour in the remaining 2 cups of water. Push the garlic head halves into the rice.
Close the lid again and pressure cook on high for 6-8 more minutes (use your usual rice cooking time. For me that is 6 minutes for Jasmine rice). Quick release the pressure after cooking.
Open the lid and remove the garlic and bay leaves. Stir everything gently to combine the meat, carrots, and rice.