How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker

Step by step tutorial on How to Cook Rice in Pressure Cooker – the Indian style.

How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice
Soft & fluffy rice cooked in pressure cooker

You know, I don’t think there has ever been a day when I haven’t seen or eaten Rice. We cook rice every single day, and I’m pretty sure all Indians do too. It is our staple food. And pretty comforting as well. Give me a bowl of hot rice with some South Indian sambar, and I’m the happiest person in the world!

The easiest and quickest method to cook rice is in a Pressure cooker! You can cook any kind of rice in a pressure cooker – white / brown / red etc. The amount of water required to cook each kind would differ and you have to figure that out either by trial and error or following package instructions, if any. What I’m going to show you is just how we go on about making rice in the cooker.  How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice tutorial

You’ll obviously need rice! 🙂 I’m using Indian White Rice (Ponni Rice) which is what we use on everyday basis.
How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

You have to wash the rice extremely well to wash away impurities and some of the starch as well. You can either add the rice to a sieve and place it under a tap water until the water running through the rice runs clean. Else, what we do is fill the vessel with water, mix it with the rice. You’ll see that the water will turn starchy.
How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

Discard the impure water. Pass it through a sieve so that you don’t let any rice get away!
How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

Repeat this 2-3 times or until you are satisfied that the rice is clean
How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

To prepare the pressure cooker —> make sure you fix the “rubber” on the lid. Fill the cooker with some water. The idea is to created steam inside that will cook the rice. You can to just had water up to 3 inches or so.
How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

Add water to the vessel containing rice. The amount of water would differ on the type of rice you’re using
How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

Place the vessel inside the pressure cooker. Close with a plate / lid.
How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

Close the cooker with it’s lid. Put the whistle on.
How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

Let it cook on high flame. Occasionally when the pressure gets too high, the cooker will let out steam from the whistle. This will happen automatically. But if it doesn’t, you can gently lift the whistle up to release some of the pressure. Let this happen upto 3 whistles. (Usually, number of whistles would again depend on the type of rice)
How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

Simmer and cook for another 2 minutes and switch off the flame. Do not open immediately as the pressure inside the cooker continues to cook the rice. After 10 minutes, lift off the whistle and open the lid.
How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

Hot , Soft & Fluffy Rice is ready!
How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

Enjoy!
How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker | Homemade Cooked Rice

How to cook rice in Pressure Cooker
 
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Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup White Ponni Rice (*Note)
  • 3 cups Water (*Note)
Notes
  • You can use any rice that you want to cook. The amount of WATER required to cook that rice would vary depending upon the type of rice and the texture you want. For simple white rice, using 3 cups of water would give a soft, fluffy rice texture. But again, rice types vary and you have to figure out what works for you.
Instructions
Wash Rice
  1. You have to wash the rice extremely well to wash away impurities and some of the starch as well. You can either add the rice to a sieve and place it under a tap water until the water running through the rice runs clean. Else, fill the vessel with water, mix it with the rice. You'll see that the water will turn starchy. Discard the impure water. Pass it through a sieve so that you don't let any rice get away! Keep washing this way until the water runs clean.
To prepare the pressure cooker
  1. Make sure you fix the "rubber" on the lid.
  2. Fill the cooker with some water. The idea is to created steam inside that will cook the rice. Add water up to 3 inches or so.
Further steps...
  1. Add water to the vessel containing rice. (* Note 1)
  2. Place the vessel inside the pressure cooker. Close with a plate / lid.
  3. Close the cooker with it's lid. Put the whistle on.
  4. Let it cook on high flame.
  5. Occasionally when the pressure gets too high, the cooker will let out steam from the whistle. This will happen automatically. But if it doesn't, you can gently lift the whistle up to release some of the pressure.
  6. Let this happen upto 3 whistles. (*Note 2)
  7. Simmer and cook for another 2 minutes and switch off the flame.
  8. Do not open immediately as the pressure inside the cooker continues to cook the rice. After 10 minutes, lift off the whistle and open the lid.
  9. Hot , Soft & Fluffy Rice is ready!
Notes
  1. The amount of water would differ on the type of rice you're using.
  2. Number of whistles required would also depend on type of rice and how well you want it to be cooked. So for example, brown rice would require more whistles as opposed to white rice for it to be well cooked. Similarly, if you want sticky, well cooked rice - let more whistles. If you're looking for parboiled rice, cook for less whistles. You will have to figure out the texture you prefer.
  3. It is advisable to cook rice in a vessel that would fit into the pressure cooker as opposed to cooking rice directly in the cooker for easier cleaning

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4 Comment

  1. ckshah3333@gmail.com says: Reply

    nice detailed but to the point explanation

  2. Hi my rice always looks a bit hard
    Even though icook in the pressure cooker by same method
    For 1cup rice 2cups water I put and if I put more water the water gets evaporated and spills out

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