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.
Add 1 cup water to the main instant pot insert and place trivet in it. Now place the pot with rice and water on top of the trivet. Set the instant pot on manual mode for 6 minutes.
When the instant pot beeps, do 10 minute NPR or natural pressure release, which means release the pressure manually 10 minutes after the beep.
Instant Pot Basmati Rice Pot-in-Pot Method (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.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.