Fluffy, soft and tenderly cooked, Instant Pot Brown Rice (Pressure Cooker Brown Rice) is cooked to perfection using an Instant Pot or an electric Pressure Cooker. While the brown rice cooked in a pot or rice cooker may turn out mushy, cooking brown rice in Instant Pot makes tenderly separate brown rice. Give it a try! Here is a video recipe of how to make brown rice in Instant Pot.
Mostly because I believed that cooking white rice is way easy than everything else. But cut to the moment I heard about Instant Pot and Brown Rice and then and there, I knew that my life is changing for something good, healthy and quick!
Not that I have never used brown rice for making a recipe, in fact I did make Brown Rice Pulao very recently but trust me, Instant Pot Brown Rice turns out really better than the one which we cook in a pot or a rice cooker.
You might feel that why should one think of making brown rice in the first place when white rice tastes so decadent? For starters, brown rice is way healthier than white rice and that’s a great reason to inculcate it in your diet.
Health Benefits of Brown Rice
Enriched with high content of fiber, brown rice also happens to be gluten-free. It is indeed a rich source of vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, selenium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese and hence I urge you for cooking brown rice more than you currently you.
How to shop for Brown Rice?
Whole-grain versions of most types of rice, including short-, medium- and long-grain, jasmine and basmati is easily available in the super markets or online at Amazon. There are “quick-cooking” or “instant” brown rice available too, which gets ready in 5 to 10 minutes.
I used brown basmati to make this recipe but you can choose any.
How long can you store brown rice?
Brown rice can be stored for up to six months at room temperature in a cool dry place. To extend its shelf life, store brown rice in the refrigerator or freezer.
Once cooked, refrigerate the brown rice for upto 3 days.
How to make Brown Rice in an Instant Pot?
For making brown rice, I have used Instant Pot in this recipe. Instant Pot Brown Rice turns out to be really tasteful as the rice doesn’t go mushy and they get cooked without any fuss of release valve.
All you have to do it put rice, water and salt in your IP and let it do all the work for you.
Sometimes, I like to saute my rice in some butter which makes it even more earthy and flavourful.
How to use Instant Pot Brown Rice?
You can served this cooked rice along with grilled chicken or vegetables.
You can stuff in burritos as well.
Why to use an Instant Pot to make Brown Rice?
I have tried making brown rice by trying out different cooking systems. Brown rice is comparatively tougher to cook than white rice and cooking it in a pot over stove takes a lot of time and monitoring. Moreover the grains do not come out separate.
I have also cooked Brown Rice in a rice cooker and although it also needed no monitoring, the grains were not as separate as in an IP.
Finally when I cooked the brown rice in an IP, all I to do was dump the rice and water in the pot and press the settings on. It took similar amount of time to cook the rice but I was not concerned about anything in between.
When the rice was cooked, the IP gave the signals and I pressed the buttons to keep my rice warm until lunch time.
So basically cooking brown rice in Instant Pot gives you more fluffier, separate grains and you don’t have to baby sit it while it’s cooking and that’s a big yes for me.
Tips for cooking Brown Rice in Instant Pot
Make sure to rinse the rice before cooking. It makes the rice more fluffier.
In place of water, you can use vegetable or chicken broth to cook your brown rice. It will be more flavourful.
You can add some butter and press SAUTE mode in your IP. Saute the rice in butter for 5 minutes before adding the liquid and then close the lid. The rice will have more earthy flavour.
Cooking rice in Instant Pot requires much less water than cooking it over stove top or in a rice cooker. So stick to the measurements given below.
You can double the recipe easily and freeze the leftover rice for up to 15 days. Just thaw it and microwave it before using again.
Tools needed to make Brown Rice in an Instant Pot
You will only need an Instant Pot to make perfect Brown Rice. It’s not available in India yet but you can ask your friends or family to lug it for you from the US just like I did :). They can buy it here.
Time constraint or not, with the various mode of Instant Pot, making Instant Pot Brown Rice for a homely dinner or lunch is a really great idea that you should’t postpone! Make it this weekend, enjoy it with curries, raita of your choice and share your experience with me, okay?
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How to cook Brown Rice in Instant Pot Step by Step
Wash the rice and drain the excess water.
Add the rice in the pot of the Instant Pot. Add water and salt and close the lid of the instant pot.
Press pressure cooker and set the timer to 20 minutes. Instant pot will take some time to build the steam and then it will start the cooking process.
Once the cooking time is complete, let the steam release on it’s own for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, release the extra steam. Remove the lid and fluff the rice gently. Serve hot.
Pressure Cooker Brown Rice Video Recipe
Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe
Instant Pot Brown Rice
Fluffy, soft and tenderly cooked, Instant Pot Brown Rice is cooked to perfection using an Instant Pot or an electric Pressure Cooker. While the brown rice cooked in a pot or rice cooker may turn out mushy, cooking brown rice in Instant Pot makes tenderly separate brown rice. Give it a try!
- 2 cups Brown Rice
- 2 and 1/2 cup Water
- 1 tsp Salt
Wash the rice and drain the excess water.
Add the rice in the pot of the Instant Pot.
Add water and salt and close the lid of the instant pot.
Press pressure cooker and set the timer to 20 minutes. Make sure the valve is on sealing.
Instant pot will take some time ( Approx 10 Minutes) to build the steam and then it will start the cooking process.
Once the cooking time is complete, let the steam release on it’s own for 5 minutes. Release the excess pressure by turning the valve to release.
Remove the lid and fluff the rice gently.
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