Cooking rice in a pressure cooker is one of the fastest ways to cook rice . The rice is cooked within minutes and you have a wonderful steaming pot of rice to enjoy with your curries and dals .
Pressure Cookers sure are a boon in today’s busy lives . We can cook just about anything in these cookers within minutes . I might be having at least 5-6 pressure cookers of various sizes as I find them the best for cooking .
When cooking rice in a Pressure Cooker, there are two ways one can cook this rice . In the first method one has to add rice , water , salt and fat right into the pressure cooker , but in the second method one adds water to the cooker and then puts rice , water , salt and fat into another container which is then put in the pressure cooker . Here in Gujrat this method is very popular , they use three containers , one for rice , the other for dal and the third one for veggies . I have cooked the rice directly in the pressure cooker .
When we cook any rice we need to follow the basics of rice – basics of rinsing and soaking the rice . So here I have rinsed and soaked the rice for 30 minutes and then put them in the pressure cooker . I added 1 cup rice and added 1 3/4 cups of water along with some salt and oil . As soon as the water starts to boil fix the lid along with the whistle. Cook on full flame , and after two whistle switch off the flame . Let the pressure drop completely , open the cooker and the rice would be perfectly cooked . Each grain would be well cooked and separate .
The same method can be used to cook pulaos . One can sauté veggies with rice , add all spices and herbs and cook exactly in the similar manner . You will see that you get a wonderful pulao in minutes .
I have cooked Basmati Rice here in a Pressure Cooker , but you can cook any rice . All you need to do is change the water ratio and cooking time . I recently made Matta Rice from Kerala and I had to cook them for 4 whistles ! Since I use only Basmati Rice I have shared the recipe for it . Even while cooking Basmati one has to remember that cooking time varies according to the quality of rice and the speed of gas burners .
Even though the Pressure Cooked Rice is faster to cook , I normally cook rice either in a Rice Cooker or with the Absorption Method . Wonder why ? Perhaps every individual has their own style and their own preferences where cooking utensils are concerned .
Anyways let’s see how this rice is prepared . I served this rice along with Vegetable Kofta and some Bhindi Masala .
How to cook Rice in a Pressure Cooker
1 cup Basmati Rice
Salt to taste
1 tbsp oil / ghee
13/4 cups water
Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes.
Drain the rice and add them to the pressure cooker .
Add water and salt .
As soon as the water boils , close the lid along and fix the whistle .
Let cook for 2 whistles .
Switch off the flame and open the cooker only after the pressure has completely dropped .