Feel like having tender and delish rice in no time? Have a look at my Instant Pot Rice recipe then! It gets made in no time and you can enjoy it with curries or stir fry. Here’s how to make rice in Instant Pot.
Not only rice, here are some more Instant Pot recipes that you can make using this fantastic appliance: Instant Pot Chicken Stew, Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup, Instant Pot Quinoa, Instant Pot Jasmine Rice, Instant Pot Black Beans, Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats and Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes.
About This Recipe
With the daily hectic schedules and very little time in hand to cook, Instant Pot has become the most used equipment in my kitchen. It makes cooking a breeze and since the cooking is hand-free, I can finish so much more work in this free time.
Mostly when I make Curries, which tastes delicious with Rice, this Instant Pot is my saviour. So, here is how to make Instant Pot Rice in minutes, which will come out fluffy and separate, just the way you like it.
Not only White Rice, with the Instant Pot, but I also make a variety of rice including Brown rice, Jasmine rice, and even some lightly spiced Pulaos in my kitchen and they go perfectly well with spicy curries poured over them.
I have been making rice over the stovetop for all these years, and although it turns out perfect every time I have to manage the heat while cooking it, especially in Summers.
Also, I have to constantly keep a watch on it and that means I am stuck in the kitchen to monitor it.
But with Instant Pot, all you have to do is add rice, water, salt, and ghee/oil in the pot, close the lid, press the buttons and voila, you are free until you are ready to eat. Yes, Instant pot even keeps it warm for you!
So, if you also have Instant Pot at home, here I will tell you how to make your everyday Rice in it.
This Instant Pot Rice is,
- Quick + Easy
- Fuss Free
- Nicely cooked
- Perfect for everyday meals
You will just need white rice, water, lemon juice, salt and vegetable oil.
You can use in any white rice, that you prefer to eat at home for your everyday meals.
Lemon Juice adds a refreshing flavour and salt to season the rice from inside.
Adding a little oil with water, ensures your rice turns out nice and separate.
How to make Instant Pot Rice?
Wash the rice and drain the excess water. Add the rice in the pot of the Instant Pot.
Add water, lemon juice, salt, and oil and close the lid of the instant pot.
Set the valve to the sealing position. Press pressure cooker and set the timer to 4 minutes.
Open the lid and fluff the rice gently using a fork.
Frequently asked Questions:
You can cook any variety of white or brown rice in Instant Pot. The amount of water used and the time required is different for white and brown rice though. I have tried cooking Basmati Rice, Jasmine Rice, and short-grain white rice and all of them turned out perfect.
I have a detailed post on how to cook brown rice in Instant Pot. Do check it out.
Cooking rice in Instant Pot requires much less water as compared to cooking it in a pot or a regular pressure cooker.
This is because Instant Pot traps the steams very efficiently. So be careful about the rice to water ratio while cooking the rice in Instant pot.
When the pressure release naturally, the resultant rice grains are fluffy and separate as compared to mushy and sticky grains when the pressure is released manually. So be patient and give your rice those extra 10-15 minutes.
Rinsing rice before cooking gives fluffier cooked rice. It removes some of the starch from the rice and the grains are separate and fluffy.
Also if there are any chemicals present in rice grains, you get rid of them by rinsing it well before cooking.
You can soak it for 15 minutes before you add it to the instant pot. It helps the texture of the cooked rice get better.
Making rice in Instant Pot is of the easiest things that I have ever done in my life.
All you need is a cup of rice and water. Make sure to rinse the rice before using it as it gives you fluffy cooked rice later.
Add a little salt, lemon juice, and oil and then set the valve to sealing position. Set it up for 4 minutes and simply relax.
I recommend adding a little oil or ghee because it gives you great texture and keeps the grains unfolded.
The best part about making rice in Instant Pot is that you can double or triple the recipe very easily.
So now, cooking rice for a bunch of hungry souls is no more a task.
Make it in an instant pot and channelize all your energy into creating something you love to.
Don’t bother about the perfectly made fluffy rice anymore.
You can also make Brown Rice in Instant Pot. Do check my detailed post for the process.
Instant Pot Rice Pot in Pot Method
By using pot in pot method to cook rice in Instant pot, you can cook less quantity of rice in your large Instant Pot.
In fact, you can cook the rice in the serving bowl itself.
To make Rice in Instant Pot Pot in Pot, here is the method
- Wash the rice and drain well. Add the rice in the pot for pot-in-pot cooking.
- Add water for cooking rice in the pot. (1.1 times the rice)
- Add 1 cup water to the main steel insert of the pressure cooker.
- Place a trivet in the main insert.
- Place the pot with rice on the trivet.
- Close the lid of the instant Pot with a vent in sealing position.
- Press PRESSURE Cook and set the timer for 7 minutes at high pressure.
- Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release on its own for 10 minutes.
- Release the remaining pressure manually and open the lid of the pot.
- Fluff the rice and it is ready to be enjoyed.
Incase you have leftovers, you can store Rice in an air tight container in the fridge. You can either serve it at room temperature or you can heat it in a microwave or pan before serving.
If you feel the rice has become a little dry, then sprinkle a little water on top while reheating.
This Instant Pot Rice is so versatile, that it can be served with so many variety of dishes. Serve it with your Indian Curries, Dal, Kadhi and Raitas.
You can also serve it with Curries from International Cuisine, be it Thai, Italian, Chinese, Mexican or any other cuisine. You can also use the leftover rice to make stir fries, Pulao and mixed rice recipes.
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Instant Pot Rice Recipe
- 2 cups White Rice
- 2 and ¼ cup Water
- 2-3 drops Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Vegetable Oil
- Wash the rice and drain the excess water.
- Add the rice in the pot of the Instant Pot.
- Add water, lemon juice, salt and oil and close the lid of the instant pot.
- Set the valve to sealing position.
- Press pressure cooker and set the timer to 4 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.
- Release the steam by moving the valve to open position.
- Open the lid and fluff the rice gently using a fork.
- Serve hot