Here is my collection of the best Indian rice recipes that are made in the Instant Pot. From basic steamed rice to pulao and biryani, you will also find vegan, vegetarian, and meat-based recipes; as well as desserts. This collection will keep growing as I cook up more delicious recipes. Each recipe here is tried and tested, and includes all the tips and tricks you need to make them perfect in the first go.
Instant Pot for Indian cooking
Is Instant Pot suitable for Indian cooking? The answer is YES!
The use of a stovetop pressure cooker is very common in Indian cooking. It is very common to cook dals, beans, and meat, as well as rice dishes like pulao in a stovetop pressure cooker. For example, to make vegetable pulao, the initial masala base is prepared in the stovetop pressure cooker, to which rice and water are added. This is then pressure-cooked.
The process of making this in the Instant Pot is the same, albeit the time and water ratios are different. We put the IP in "saute" mode and make the masala base, to which we add rice and water. We set the IP in "pressure cook" mode and cook as desired.
If you cook a lot of Indian food or are familiar with Indian cuisine, you would know that pressure cooker is used extensively. Instant Pot is a great replacement for stovetop pressure cookers. It gives you authentic-tasting dishes while saving time and energy.
The Instant Pot does not require any monitoring (or minimal monitoring in some cases) whereas, in a stovetop pressure cooker, the food needs to be literally babysat to get the perfect taste and texture, without burning it.
Now, not only are the saute and pressure cook modes great, but you also have features like 'keep warm' or 'delay start', making the Instant Pot even more convenient. It also cuts down the cooking time immensely, particularly when making desserts. Rice, beans, meat, dal, soup - all these can be made easily using an IP. Browse through these Indian rice recipes, cook them, and more in your Instant Pot.
Plain Rice in Instant Pot
Here are the basic and most commonly made white rice recipes that you can make in the Instant Pot. Each of them has a different water ratio and cooking time.
Vegan Rice Recipes in Instant Pot
These recipes are perfect one-pot meals if you are following a vegan diet. Pair them with dal for a delicious and easy protein-balanced meal.
Vegetarian Rice Recipes in Instant Pot
Here are some vegetarian recipes you can easily make in the Instant Pot. From the coveted biryani to the humble khichdi, make them all in the Instant Pot.
Sweet/Dessert Recipes in Instant Pot
Making Indian desserts in Instant Pot is a great way of saving time and energy. It gives you the perfect result that tastes just like authentic versions.
Non-vegetarian Rice Recipes in Instant Pot
Non-vegetarian food is a term commonly used in India for food that has meat, fish, or eggs in it. It is more commonly called non-veg food. Not just for food, it can be used for a person too. A person eating meat is a non-vegetarian in Indian English. Egg too is not classified as vegetarian for Indians. Well, they are called "eggitarians".
Here are some easy meat dishes that are great for weeknight meals, parties, or feeding a crowd.