Monday, January 5, 2009

Pressure Cooker Brown Rice Recipe

I don't need to write much about a recipe for pressure cooking brown rice because all it takes is rice, water and salt, and the salt is optional. So, I'll tell you a bit about using the modern pressure cooker while I am here.

1 cup brown rice, 1 1/2 cups water or stock

This kind of pressure cooker doesn't have a jiggler. It has a little button that pops up to let you know that the pot is at pressure. You can watch the button in action by clicking on the video on my website.

In my DVD Pressure Cooking: A Fresh Look, Delicious Dishes in Minutes, I cook red rice with lentils. I use a long grain red rice from Thailand which keeps turning out different with varying amounts of water and rice. So far, 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water, cooked for 9 to 10 minutes with a natural pressure release seems to work fine, most of the time.

Here's the rub with cooking grains -- how they cook depends upon that batch of grains, how old it is, how it's been stored which effects the moisture level, and other intangible factors. So, following the recipe will work most of the time. You need a jumping off point so this might help.

Another tip: when cooking more than 1 cup of rice, reduce the amount of liquid by 1/4 cup for each additional cup of grain. Here's how this translates into cooking: for the 1st cup of brown rice you use 1 1/2 cups water and for the second cup you use 1 1/4 cups water. Two cups of brown rice requires 2 3/4 cups water in the pressure cooker. This works well for stove top cooking, too.

I do this because I do not care for soggy grains. Do you?


Kalyn said...

Thanks, I am going to try this soon.

The Veggie Queen said...


Thanks for posting and reading. Hope things are going well in your part of the world.


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Gaye said...

I just watched a TV show about using a pressure cooker to make it easier to include beans and grains in our diets. I was really impressed and got a pressure cooker from a friend who was no longer using it. But the cooker says not to cook oats or other grains in it because they froth. Can I not cook grains, including rice, in the pressure cooker?

The Veggie Queen said...


I am right now cooking grains (rice, barley and millet combined) in my pressure cooker. I do, though, use a "modern" spring valve pressure cooker which does NOT have the rocker/jiggler on it. The problem with cooking grains in the other type is that sometimes the grains froth and clog the vent which can cause problems.
But I use my modern cookers for cooking beans and grains most often.
I hope that this helps you figure out what to do. Thanks for asking.

Nancy G said...

thanks! i will try it!

Edward Olaya said...

I recall a reading in my presto 6 qt stainless steel cooper inlaid manual, stating that in order to prevent froth/clog add a teaspoon or 2 of oil.

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