I always love one pot meals. Even before I bought an Instant Pot I used to make lot of one pot rice varieties in my pressure cooker. Now with IP it is even more easier and comfortable to dump everything inside the pot and let it do its own magic 😃 Tried this Brown Rice pulao for the first time in IP and am so glad it came out well. Earlier I used to be initimidated with brown rice. Have tried cooking it few times but somehow have never liked the texture.
After moving to Ireland I found this whole grain brown rice packet in Aldi and after few trial & errors now I am so addicted to Brown Rice. It definitely helps in portion control and I can totally vouch for it. Even a small cup of Rice keeps you fuller for a longer time. I don’t want to get too much into White Rice vs Brown Rice comparion. All I can say is do what suits your body, your cravings and it also depends on how well you plan your nutrition intake throughout the day. I use a mix of White Rice, Brown Rice, Bulgur wheat, Quinoa, Couscous as our Carb source.
Things to remember when cooking with Brown Rice
- Soak the rice for atleast 4 hours. I use whole grain Brown Rice. I usually soak it overnight. If i forget soaking the moment I wake up I will soak the rice and cook it after 4-5 hours. Drain water, rinse it well and then pressure cook it or cook in IP
- If you want to cook in Pressure Cooker add 3.5 cups of water for one cup of Brown Rice and leave upto 5 whistles. If there is extra water you can always drain using a sieve. Mash the rice with your hands and see if it is cooked well
- If you are cooking in Instant Pot (pot in pot method) add 2 cups of water for one cup of Rice and cook in ‘High Pressure’ for 20 minutes. Manually release pressure after 2-3 minutes.
As always time may vary based on the variety of Brown Rice you use. For Brown Basmati the cooking time might be slightly lesser. So please take the above given time as an approximation. Once you start cooking the rice once or twice you will get an idea with the timings, amount of water required
My Day 23 Dinner : Brown rice Pulao, Tofu Burji, Moong dal tadka