Want to cook rice in the serving bowl or along with an entree? Pot-in-pot or PIP Rice made in the Pressure Cooker is the perfect solution for you. A step-by-step guide to PIP rice.
You might find it interesting that this is actually not a new thing for Indian cooking. We have been doing this for a long time with stovetop pressure cooker. Now with the instant pot, I like the convenience of a larger pot in which I can add the pots to do PIP cooking.
If you want to make pot-in-pot Brown Rice, check the recipe here.
Advantages of pot-in-pot method to cook rice
- You can cook less quantity of rice.
- You don’t need to wash the large instant pot insert if just cooking rice.
- You can cook in the serving bowl itself.
- You can cook a complete meal at once and save precious time. With entree in the main insert and rice in a bowl on a trivet. eg. you can cook Dal Tadka or Paneer Butter Masala along with the rice.
How to cook Pot-in-Pot Rice in Pressure Cooker?
To cook pot-in-pot rice, you need a trivet and a pot you can place on the trivet. If I am preparing only rice, then I use the trivet that came with the instant pot. If you are cooking entree along with the rice, you would need a long legged trivet.
Here are the pots I have, which my mom got from India. But you can find similar one’s on Amazon – Ekonova Stackable Stainless Steel Insert Pans. I have also done PIP for rice in a Pyrex glass bowl, but these need a 3-4 extra minutes to cook the rice.
I use basmati rice in this recipe, however you could use other varieties of white rice too. Wash the rice and add it to a bowl safe for cooking in the instant pot. Add equal amount of water as the rice added. If you like, add ghee/oil and salt to it.
When the instant pot beeps, do 10 minute NPR or natural pressure release, which means release the pressure manually 10 minutes after the beep.
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Basmati Rice Pot-in-pot - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
- Wash the rice and drain water. Put the rice in a bowl. Add 1 cup water for cooking rice in the bowl. Optionally, Add salt and ghee/oil if you prefer.
- Add 1 cup water to the main insert of the pressure cooker. Place trivet in the main insert.
- Place the bowl with rice and water on the trivet.
- Close the lid of the pressure cooker with vent in sealing position. Set in pressure cook or manual mode for 6 minutes at high pressure. (Note: if using a glass bowl, cook for 9 minutes at high pressure)
- When the pressure cooker beeps, do a 10 minute Natural Pressure Release, which means release the pressure 10 minutes after the beep.
- Fluff the rice and it is ready to be enjoyed.
- When cooking rice with an entree, consider the cooking time for the entree. If it is around the same range 5-15 minutes to cook the entree, then pot-in-pot rice with the entree in the main insert would work. If the entree needs 30 minutes to cook, while the rice needs only 6 minutes, I do not recommend doing pot-in-pot rice with the entree.
- This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Programmable Pressure Cooker.