Sona Masoori Rice in Instant Pot – A guide on how to cook the perfect Indian Sona Masoor rice in your Instant Pot multi-use programmable pressure cooker.
Okay, so first off- there is no perfect way of making rice.Some prefer it soft, some like a little bite to it and some like it super mushy.
Here is a simple table to help you with how YOU want to cook your Sona Masoori Rice in Instant Pot.
How to make Sona Masoori Rice in Instant Pot
To make perfect soft, fluffy, non sticky Sona Masoori rice follow the steps below.
Step 1: Wash the rice
Step 2:Dump it in the instant pot inner pot along with 2.5 times the water.
Step 3:Close and set the timer for 12 minutes in Manual/Pressure cook mode, on HIGH, with the valve in sealed position.
Step 4: Let the Steam escape Naturally for 10 minutes and then Quick release.
Cooking Sona Masoori rice for Fried rice
If you are making rice for a stir fry, fried rice or variety rice- change the ratio and time as follows
1 cup rice:2 cups water and 8 minutes HIGH 10NPR
Cooking Sona Masoori rice for Curd rice
If you want to make rice that can be mashed to make curd rice or baby food,change the ratio and time as follows
1 cup rice:3 cups water and 15 minutes HIGH 10NPR
Cooking Sona Masoori rice in Rice Mode
In this mode, instant pot evaluates the amount of rice and water and cooks the rice in low pressure.
This is perfect for newbies.The rice is cooked Al Dente in this case.
1 cup rice:2.5 cups water and Rice Mode 10 NPR
Here are some of my goto Instant Pot Indian Rice Recipes
Also Read my post on Instant Pot for Indian Food
Part 1: Instant Pot for Indian Cooking
Part 2: Which Instant Pot Model to buy
Part 3: Making Indian Food in Instant Pot(with more than 30 recipes)
- 1 Cup Sona Masoori Rice
- 2.5 Cups Water
- Wash the rice and drain.
- Drain and add the rice to instant pot inner pot.
- Add 2.5 cups of water.Close the lid.
- Select PRESSURE COOKER/MANUAL, on HIGH, for 12 minutes with the VALVE in SEALED position.
- Once the cooking is over and Instant Pot beeps,Let the steam escape natually for 10 minutes.Quick Release after that.
- Fluff the rice with a fork and eat!
Here are a few quick pointers on the instant pot.
I use the 6 qts DUO Instant Pot and all my recipes are tested on the same.
Here are a few quick need to knows while using an Instant Pot.
Saute & Pressure Cook Setting – These are the most used settings on the instant pot. Pressure Cook setting can also be called Manual on your multicooker.
Minimum liquid– There is a minimum liquid requirement for most instant pots. For a 6 qts IP – 1 cup is the minimum liquid required as per the manufacturer.
Burn Message- If the food starts burning this notice pops up on the instant pot and cuts off any further cooking. This message can also come if you have used the SAUTE setting before and not deglazed the pan.or if you use a bigger 8 qts pot.The minimum requirement of the liquid changes and hence you could potentially get it while using it. To solve this, add about ¼ cup of more water than the recipe calls for.
While using certain sauces like tomato sauce or cheese sauces, you may get burn message because they are more viscous than water and burn easily.To solve this, again add ¼ cup of water to the bottom of the pot first, then add the sauce and proceed with the rest of the recipe. You could also use pot in pot method for these recipes.
Pressure Build Up
Most recipes only mention the time setting you need to use while cooking in the instant pot.In actual, the total time taken to cook is time taken for the pressure build up+ time taken for actual cooking + time taken for the steam to release.
Quick Release(QR) ,Natural Pressure Release(NPR) & 10 minute Natural Pressure Release(10NPR)
Quick release(QR)– when you release the pressure valve, as soon as the cooking time is up.This release hot steam, so make sure you are careful while doing this.
Natural Pressure Release(NPR)– You open the pot only after the pressure in the IP is released on its own. This could vary depending on the Pressure setting, amount of food, size of the pot.
10 Natural Pressure Release(10NPR)
Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes after which you Quick Release the pressure.
What not to do in Instant Pot
-Use Instant Pot without any liquid in the pot.
-Open the lid without the releasing the pressure first.
-Keep the Instant pot on the stove- there have been a lot of instances where the instant pot has gotten burnt from the bottom on accident.
-Dump food in the instant pot without the inner pot.
-Fill the pressure cooker up till the brim.