How To Make Instant Pot Dal & Rice
1. Press the saute button on the Instant pot. By default it is set to 30 mins. Just ignore this. The display will show you as ON when the inner pot turns hot.
Pour oil to the inner steel pot. Add mustard, cumin, red chili and green chilli. When the mustards pop, add curry leaves, ginger and garlic. Saute for a minute.
2. Add chopped tomatoes, salt, turmeric and red chilli powder. Saute for a minute.
3. Then add the rinsed dal and pour water. Deglaze the pot by scraping the bottom with the spatula. This releases any food bits stuck at the bottom.
4. Place a long legged trivet.
5. Place the rice bowl and pour water. Cover the rice bowl with a plate.
6. Press cancel. Secure the Instant pot with the lid. Position the steam release handle to sealing. Press pressure cook or manual button. Set the timer to 9 mins. Use the + or buttons to increase and decrease the timings.
The pot will take time to come to pressure and then cook.
7. When the IP finishes, press cancel. Let the pressure release naturally. The pin drops when the IP is depressurized. Open the lid. Remove the rice bowl carefully.
8. Stir well. Check the consistency and salt. If needed add more salt and lemon juice. If the consistency is too thick then add little water. I prefer to add 1/4 cup hot water at this stage. Sprinkle coriander leaves.
Serve hot rice & dal with some ghee topped over it. We usually eat with some pickle, pappads or salad. I had set aside some curry leaves and red chilli for garnishing.
Other Ways To Cook Rice:
- Rinse the rice in a strainer until the water is fairly clear.
- Place the rice, water, salt and butter into the Instant Pot.
- Close the lid, and set the steam release valve to the seal position.
- Either press the Rice button if your machine has one, of press with Manual or Pressure Cook depending on your machine, select HIGH, and use the + or buttons to adjust the cooking time. Turn off the Keep Warm button, if possible, which would cause the rice to overcook.
- When the time is up, all the pressure to naturally release . Make sure the Keep Warm setting is turned off. When the valve has dropped after the pressure has naturally released , open the Instant Pot, fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot.
How Long Do You Cook Brown Rice In An Instant Pot
Brown rice should be cooked on high pressure in the Instant Pot for 22 minutes.
Then do a natural release for 10 minutes, followed by quick release for any remaining pressure.
Voila, perfectly tender, fluffy rice!
Also, a disclaimer: Instant Pot recipes often fail to mention the time it takes for the pot to come to pressure or to release it.
I have found it very misleading when trying to plan, so I wanted to be sure to include it here.
Ive listed additional time as 25 minutes to account for the amount of time it will take for the pot to come to pressure and then the time for the natural and quick release. The exact amount of time can vary, but thats at least a rough estimate.
In case youre in the market for one, I have and love this 6-quart Instant Pot.
That being said, this method doesnt exactly save you any time. In fact, it takes slightly longer than a regular stovetop steamed brown rice.
Had to point that out.
However, the fact that it comes out so perfect every time makes it super reliable. And its also nice that its really hands off and doesnt take up a spot on the stove.
OK, since Ive been raving about not only making this for dinner one night, but having extra on hand later, I thought Id share a few tips on storage and reheating.
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Delicious Uses For Rice
Rice is so versatile, making it one of the things I love most about it. It tastes great with so many different foods and prepared in a number of ways. Here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy rice!
Sprinkle in some chopped fresh cilantro and mix with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and juice from 1 lime. No need for Chipotle!
Serve alongside Instant Pot Chicken for the perfect complete meal.
Add it to a skillet or wok, along with eggs, peas, carrots and soy sauce to create a delicious fried rice.
Go simple and serve with a few pats of butter or olive oil. Stir until the butter has melted.
Mix together with salsa, black beans, lime juice and chopped avocado. Add shredded chicken for a meaty dish!
Why Do You Rinse Rice
Rinsing the rice removes the starch. You may have seen the starch in rice and potatoes that causes boilover.
If you dont rinse the starch, you could end up with boilover in the Instant Pot and no one wants that. Ever.
If you dont have an Instant Pot, have a look at this 6-Quart Instant Pot which we use. Weve had it for several years and it still works great.
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Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Basmati Rice
I have grown up in India eating long grain rice literally every single day. My mum would cook them in a pressure cooker to speed up the process of cooking. Back in those days, there was no electric pressure cooker available, so it was all about cooking them on the hob.
Fast forward to today, we have all sorts of Electric Pressure Cookers, Slow Cookers and Rice Cookers in the market. Off the lot, I love my INSTANT POT the most because it has got stainless steel inner pot:) and it is really easy & straightforward to use.
Once of the first things I cooked in my Instant Pot or call it Insta Pot was this Instant Pot Rice, Instant Pot Broccoli and Pressure cooker Chickpeas.
We cook rice literally every-day, so getting it right is important for us. To call it Perfectly Cooked Basmati Rice Recipe,
Each of the rice grain must be PERFECTLY SEPARATED No Mushy Rice!
Brown Rice In The Instant Pot Some Special Considerations
Most of the instructions for Instant Pot brown rice will be the same as white rice, except that cook time doubles, and you may need to fiddle with your water ratio as well.
Most brown rice calls for 45 minutes of cook time on the stovetop, and the Instant Pot can pretty much cut that in half. Somewhere from 20 to 28 minutes will be the sweet spot, depending on if you have short- or long-grain brown rice. I am generally able to get mine done at 22 minutes on low pressure.
Pro Tip: wherever you store your rice, leave a note for yourself about the water ratio and the number of minutes.
For example, we buy rice in huge, Costco-sized bags and pour each variety into a different glass jar in our kitchen. On the outside of that glass jar, it says, 1 cup rice, 1 1/4 cups water, 20 minutes IP. That way, I never have to look anything up.
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Manual Settings For Instant Pot Rice
Otherwise, rinse the rice and add it to the pot. Add the water . Add a bit of butter or olive oil if desired. Its not necessary but it adds nice flavor. You can also use diluted chicken or vegetable broth instead of the water for even more flavor.
Season with salt.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock it. Make sure the valve is sealed. Press Manual or Pressure Cook depending on your machine, select HIGH, and use the + or buttons to adjust the cooking time to 5 minutes. Turn off the Keep Warm button, if possible, which would cause the rice to overcook.
When the time is up, allow the pressure to naturally release . When the valve has dropped after the pressure has naturally released , open the Instant Pot .
Fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot.
Smart Program Cooking Option
You can also choose to select the RICE smart program button. This program cooks on low pressure and is best used for white rice. For rice with a firmer texture or thinner rice like Jasmine or Basmati, use the Less mode for rice with a normal texture or regular long-grain or medium-grain white rice, use the Normal mode for rice with a softer texture, use the More mode. You can change the modes by pressing the RICE button again. Use quick release at the end.
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My Zojirushi Rice Cooker Does An Amazing Job
A rice cooker is an essential appliance at Japanese household. My Zojirushi Induction Heating Rice Cooker makes perfect rice every time, and I can even schedule the finished cooking time so the rice is always ready for dinner. Thats another reason why I didnt need my Instant Pot to cook rice for me.
Cooking Rice In The Instant Pot
The Instant Pot is great for all sorts of things, but rice is one of my favorites. Here are my super-simple directions for cooking rice in the Instant Pot !
Rice is one of those super-basic dishes that most people seem to cook all the time as a side dish or as a base for a main dish. Truth be told, though, before I got my Instant Pot, I rarely cooked rice. I really cant explain itit certainly isnt like its difficult to boil a little water on the stovetop, throw in some rice, salt, and butter, lid up, and let it simmer for a bit. For some reason it just seemed like a pain to me, which I know is completely ridiculous.Cooking rice in the Instant Pot, though, changed my life. Well, that might be a little dramaticbut I love cooking rice in the Instant Pot and now I do it all the time. There is a rice setting on the Instant Pot, but I never use it. I find that when I cook rice using the rice setting that it gets a little gummy. You could definitely change the time setting, but I just use the manual setting .
To get rice thats just a little firm to the tooth, cook it for three minutes. If you like your rice a little softer, go for four minutes. This recipe is just for white rice, so youll need to up the time for brown rice . For this recipe, youll use a quick release of the steam .
Be sure to comment below and let me know your Instant Pot questions and what you would like to see next on Chattavore!
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How To Make Jasmine Rice In The Instant Pot
Instant pot is a magic pot. You dont need to watch the pot or stir the rice. Just soak and cook.
I will definitely advise to soak rice for 30-50 minutes before adding to the pot. Soaking will reduce the cooking time by 20 percent and you will get more flavorful and aromatic rice. Remember: the longer you cook your rice the less aromatic it will be. Wanna get popcorn-like aroma? Always soak your rice.
I also recommend to rinse jasmine rice before cooking. It will keep the rice from sticking together, foaming up and you will get perfectly separate grains.
To achieve a deeper flavor, use chicken or vegetable broth for soaking and boiling.
I advise to saute rice in ghee or butter in Instant Pot 1-2 minutes before adding the stock/ water and then pressure cook.
Instant Pot Rice: Washed Vs Unwashed Rice
There is a fierce debate on blogs and social media about washed vs. unwashed rice. Should you rinse your rice before adding it to the Instant Pot? Some say yes, always but others say dont bother.
I do not wash/rinse my rice before I add it to the Instant Pot. By washing the rice, you introduce additional moisture . Additional moisture = slightly different results.
But of course you can wash your rice. If you really want to wash your rice before adding it to the Instant Pot, I suggest slightly reducing the amount of water you add to your recipe. If you must rinse your rice, reduce the liquid in the recipe by about 2-3 tbsp for every 170g rice.
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Which Pot Should I Use To Make Rice
Since Im usually making the main dish in the larger Instant Pot, I like making the sides in the 3 quart.
This recipe is compatible in a 6 or 3 quart Instant Pot.
If I make Japanese sticky rice which is short grain white rice, I always use my Japanese rice cooker.
How Much Cooked Wild Rice Blend Do You Get From 1 Cup Uncooked Wild Rice Blend:
1 cup of uncooked Wild Rice Blend yields 3 cups of cooked wild rice blend.
As I mentioned earlier, I used Lundbergs Wild Rice Blend, so the numbers you see below are based on that particular brand of wild rice blend:
1 cup uncooked wild rice blend = ~ 6.8 ounces 1 cup cooked wild rice blend: ~ 6 ounces
With many health benefits like being high in protein, fiber, magnesium, and antioxidants, I think we can all agree that this naturally gluten-free grain is a wholesome grain that we should include in our diet . So now, with the ease and convenience of the pressure cooker, we have no excuse not to.
Below is the recipe along with a quick how-to video to show you how I cook wild rice in my instant pot. Check it out and let me know if I can answer any questions.
How To Cook A Small Amount Of Rice
If you need to cook less than 1 cup of dry rice, I recommend using the pot-in-pot cooking method. This means youll cook the rice in a separate bowl, lifted up on a trivet.
Check out my pot-in-pot cooking tutorial if you need extra guidance, but to cook the rice in a separate bowl, youll just need to add an extra cup of water to the bottom of the Instant Pot to get started. This water will boil andmake the pot come to pressure. Pour the rinsed rice and cooking water into the separate bowl, then set that bowl on a trivet situated over the water in the bottom of the Instant Pot.
For pot-in-pot cooking, youll need to select a bowl that is oven-safe and 7-inches or less in diameter when using a 6-quart Instant Pot.
Ive used porcelain salad bowls and glass mixing bowls with success, or you can use a stainless-steel baking pan, as long as it leaves space around the bowl for the pressure to build up.
With pot-in-pot cooking, the cooking time doesnt change for Instant Pot white rice, so it will be ready in the same amount of time as listed below. And as an added benefit, you wont have anything to clean on the bottom of your Instant Pot when youre done!
What To Serve At A Party
Rice is the PERFECT side dish to serve at a party because it literally goes great with everything. Here are a few savory party food ideas that will be easy, delicious and crowd-pleasing!
Taco Ranch Pasta SaladThis delicious pasta salad gets totally devoured at gatherings, no matter the season.
Sausage Cheese DipSausage Cheese Dip is easy to make , cheesy, flavorful and totally irresistible! Serve as an appetizer at your next party and it wont last long. Only 6 ingredients required for this delicious party food!
7-Layer Taco DipThis is the best 7-Layer Taco Dip youll ever meet! Its the perfect appetizer and party food and it is always the first thing to get devoured.
Crockpot MeatballsTheserequire only a few ingredients with only a few minutes of prep. They are SO EASY to make, totally packed with delicious flavor and great for game-day parties or holidays. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!
Spinach Artichoke DipThis hot Spinach Artichoke Dip is a party staple! People always get excited about this dip and its so easy to make! Its a filling, cheesy snack or appetizer that you can put on pita squares, crackers or chips. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!
Rice Cooker Vs Instant Pot For Making Rice
Both rice cookers and electric pressure cookers cook rice in the same way. Both use steam inside the pot to cook the rice. The main difference is that a pressure cooker has a sealing ring inside the lid that prevents any steam from escaping during the cooking process. This allows the appliance to maintain pressure levels inside the pot with greater accuracy, therefore cooking it more quickly.
Shortened cook time is an advantage when using an Instant Pot and typically it requires a bit less liquid than when using a rice cooker. However, if you are planning to cook a variety of different types such as wild, black or basmati rice frequently, a rice cooker might be the better option for you. Plus, rice cookers are more affordable and will take up less valuable counter space.