Pressure Cooker Pink Rice

Pressure Cooker Pink Rice lightly milled to retain the wholesome bran but it cooks in a fraction of the time of brown rice.

Pressure Cooker Pink Rice lightly milled to retain the wholesome bran but it cooks in a fraction of the time of brown rice. 

Diana, a sweet Pressure Cooking Today reader, emailed me asking advice on cooking Madagascar pink rice. Diana said the package described the pink rice as having a subtly sweet flavor, elusively aromatic of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, that the rice was nutritionally dense, and milled to retain most of the bran.

She wrote:

I just purchased some Madagascar pink rice and for the life of me I can’t seem to find a chart that tells how long that particular rice needs to cook in a pressure cooker…..would you have any idea?  I don’t want to turn it into mush and I don’t want to cook it on the stovetop because rice comes out perfectly in my Instant Pot!

Making Pressure Cooker Pink Rice

I couldn’t agree more. I love cooking rice in my electric pressure. I haven’t cooked rice on the stove since I got a pressure cooker.

The package directions said to use a 20 minute cook time on the stove, the same as long grain white rice, so I suggested using a 3 minute cook time with a 10 minute natural release.

Pressure Cooker Pink Rice lightly milled to retain the wholesome bran but it cooks in a fraction of the time of brown rice.

After cooking the rice, Diana emailed me again and said the rice was really good, had a nice texture, and “it’s pretty too.” So I definitely had to find some and give it a try. I bought my pink rice at Whole Foods for about $4.00, but if you can’t find it in a store near you, you can buy it online.

When Diana made the rice a second time, she increased the cook time to 4 minutes and said it was perfect. I thought so too. If you’re a fan of brown rice, I think you’ll think this pretty pink rice is pretty perfect too.

Pressure Cooker Pink Rice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Madagascar Pink rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Add the rice, water and salt to the pressure cooker pot. Stir.

Lock lid in place. Select high pressure and 4 minutes cook time. When timer beeps, turn pressure cooker off and use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes do a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure.

Fluff rice with a fork.

A 15 ounce package is two cups of rice. I made the entire package. If you prefer, this recipe is easily halved.

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Pressure Cooker Pink Rice lightly milled to retain the wholesome bran but it cooks in a fraction of the time of brown rice.