Red rice, or Kerala matta rice, is a flavorful whole grain Popular in South India. If you're looking for a delicious and convenient way to prepare red rice, this
When compared to white rice or long-grain rice, it requires a longer cooking time and more water to cook properly. When cooked well, red rice has a slightly chewy texture with an earthy and nutty flavor. Its plump grains are larger than regular white rice, though it does not possess the aromatic fragrance of Basmati rice.
Red rice comes in various types, such as Thai cargo rice, Himalayan rice, Bhutanese rice, rathu heenati from Sri Lanka, and matta rice from India. In South India, a popular variety is Kerala matta, also known as rose matta rice or Palakkad matta rice, which is widely consumed in Kerala.
Why you will love this recipe?
- Tried and tested: This
Instant Potrecipe has been tried and tested to achieve the perfect texture, making it a reliable and foolproof method for cooking red rice.
- Quick and easy: Cooking this rice in an
Instant Potis a quick and easy way to prepare this nutritious grain without having to spend a lot of time watching over a stovetop.
- Versatile: It can be served as a side dish or used in a variety of recipes, such as salads, stir-fries, and grain bowls.
You will only need two ingredients - red rice and water. Where possible, use filtered water to cook the rice.
Step 1: Wash the rice thoroughly in cold water. Drain all the water and add it to the inner pot of the
Step 2: Add 1½ cups of water and give it a good mix. Secure the lid of the
Step 3: Do a natural release of pressure (this may take 15-18 minutes). Open the lid and gently mix the rice (images 5 and 6).
I used one measuring cup of uncooked rice, which gave me approximately four cups of cooked rice. This recipe can be doubled, tripled, or halved as needed.
Before cooking, rinse the rice grains thoroughly under running water to remove any debris or dust. This helps to prevent from getting sticky or starchy grains.
To avoid getting the burn notice on your
To make softer rice, increase the amount of water by half a cup. Do a natural pressure release for 15 minutes and then release the remaining pressure manually.
You can add ½ teaspoon of salt for seasoning. However, traditionally, when making plain steamed rice, seasoning is not added. Similarly, traditionally, rice is cooked using plain water. However, to add more flavor, you can replace it with vegetable broth or chicken broth.
Do not do a quick release of pressure. This dish needs a natural release of pressure. Quick pressure release can make the rice clumpy and sticky.
You can replace it with your regular white rice and can pair it with curries of your choice. This rice is also perfect for making salad or grain bowls and fried rice. Here are some delicious recipes you can pair with.
No. While both the varieties have the hull removed (with bran and germ intact), red rice has more nutrients when compared to brown rice. It gets its unique red/maroon color from anthocyanins. Brown rice also has a lesser shelf life.
Again, no. Wild rice is technically not rice. It is grains from four species of grass that grow in the United States. Wild rice has the longest cooking time and needs more water to be cooked when compared to other rice varieties.
Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Make sure to let it cool down to room temperature before transferring it to the container and refrigerating it. When reheating, add a splash of water or chicken stock to prevent it from drying out. You can also freeze leftovers for up to six months.
I use the ratio of 1:1.5 in this recipe, which gives me perfectly cooked grains that are fluffy, separate, and not clumped together.
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Perfectly Cooked Red Rice in Instant Pot
- 1 cup red rice
- 1½ cups water
- Wash the red rice thoroughly in cold water.
- Drain all the water and add it to the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
- Add 1½ cups of water and give it a good mix.
- Secure the IP lid and set it to Pressure cook mode (high) for 20 minutes.
- Do a natural release of pressure (this may take 15-18 minutes).
- Open the lid and gently fluff up the rice.
- Serve warm with curry of your choice.