How to cook Jasmine rice the right way in your Instant Pot!
What is Jasmine Rice?
Jasmine rice is a lightly floral scented rice that is native to Thailand, and most parts of South East Asia. It has a slightly sticky texture after being cooked.
Jasmine rice is sometimes confused with basmati rice - which is also an Asian long grained fragrant rice variety. However, the difference between Jasmine rice and Basmati rice is that Jasmine rice doesn't need to be soaked in water before cooking, and Basmati rice needs to be soaked for 20 mins to 30 minutes which helps the grains of rice to retain their shape.
Jasmine rice pairs very well with any Asian dish, particularly dishes with gravies and curries such as Thai chicken curry, ginger-sesame chicken and sweet and sour cauliflower . This variety of rice is also ideal for making fried rice.
What is the water to rice ratio for Jasmine rice?
To cook jasmine rice on the stovetop, you will need 1.5 cups water to every 1 cup of rice. However, in the Instant Pot, the amount of water can be reduced. To make jasmine rice in the Instant Pot, I find that 1:1 ratio of water rice works best.
How do I cook white Jasmine rice in the Instant Pot?
Cooking Jasmine rice couldn't get any simpler than this! Start by washing the rice - like most varieties of white rice, Jasmine rice needs to be rinsed under cold water to get rid of excess starch, until the water runs clear.
Use a fine mesh strainer to rinse the rice and let the excess water drain. Note that there is no need to soak the rice in water – a step that is recommended for Basmati rice, to keep the long grains of rice intact.
After rinsing the rice, add the rice to the Instant Pot along with and equal quantity of water. The Instant Pot has a pre-programmed ‘Rice’ mode which works well for parboiled or long-grained rice, however, the rice mode is based on the volume of rice in the Instant Pot, and might not give you the right results with Jasmine rice. I prefer using the ‘Pressure Cook’ or ‘Manual’ function to cook Jasmine rice.
Jasmine rice takes lesser time to cook than most other varieties of rice, you need to cook it for just 5 minutes with 5 minutes of natural pressure release time. After 5 minutes, you can release the pressure naturally. The rice is done! Fluff it up with a fork and serve alongside your favourite curries or mains.
Pro tip: To reduce the stickiness of Jasmine rice, you can add a teaspoon of oil to the rice before cooking it. Any oil will do, but use sesame oil if you can – it enhances the flavour of Jasmine rice and reduces the stickiness. Adding salt to Jasmine rice is optional – you can add a pinch if you prefer.
What dishes go well with Jasmine rice?
Jasmine rice is best enjoyed with curries, especially Aisan curries such as this Thai chicken curry. Use it also to make the best Asian fried rice. I particularly like to pair Jasmine rice with coconut milk-based curries such as chicken curry, south Indian fish curry, vegan korma curry, or with some of my favorite Indo-Chinese dishes such as gobi manchurian, sweet and sour cauliflower, ginger-soy chicken, etc.
You might also like some of our tried and tested rice recipes that are made in the Instant Pot:
Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- 1 cup Jasmine Rice
- 1 cup water
- Rinse the rice under cold water to get rid of excess starch. One the water runs clear, transfer the rice to the Instant Pot.
- Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot and close the lid.
- Hit 'Pressure Cook' or 'Manual' and set the time for 5 minutes. Let the IP come to pressure and complete the cooking cycle.
- Once the cooking cycle is complete the IP beeps and switches to the default 'Keep Warm' setting. Let the IP stay in this setting, for 5 minutes more. Then hit 'Cancel' and manually release pressure.
- Open the lid of the Instant Pot and fluff up the rice with a fork. Serve with your favorite Asian curries.
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