Cooking black rice in Instant Pot is way easier, quicker, and save timer. In my article, you will find the best alternative to stovetop cooking black rice, aka forbidden rice, with a fluffy and soft texture.
For me, rice is always an escape and a healthy alternative to potatoes or pasta. Cooking rice with some meatballs, fried meat, or baked fish, is always a good and great idea.
For today, I have prepared black rice in the instant pot. If you love black rice much more than the ordinary white one, then don’t hesitate to try my method. Cooking it in the Presser Cooker you will obtain an easy, tastier, and fluffy rice. Also, your rice will be non-sticky and if you add some drops of lime and olive oil it will obtain a nice aromatic garniture.
Black rice is a healthy side dish and pairs just perfect with lots of meat and fish dishes. It just goes so well with many recipes that it’s earthy taste only makes the final plate look and taste delicious.
I try to cook black rice in my family not so often, but when I boil it, I try to combine it with something delicious and amazing. For example, for today I have paired black rice with teriyaki salmon baked in the oven. Check Instant Pot recipes here.
What is black rice?
Black rice, aka Forbidden rice, is a healthier alternative to white rice but much more expensive. It belongs to the Oryza sativa L. and comes in about 20 different forms, more often it is a glutinous variety, but there is black jasmine rice assortment as well. It’s black/purple-ish colour is from the anthocyanin pigment – which acts as a great antioxidant.
I love to use more frequently whole-grain black rice as it is gluten-free and dietary. I adore its non-sticky texture and how quickly it boils. It pairs great with sauteed veggies as well in case you want a vegetarian bowl.
What kind of black rice to use?
Black rice, or the dark purple colour, is high in fibres and is suitable for traditional Chinese dishes, porridges, desserts, bread and risotto.
There are short-grain black rice, black sticky rice, and whole-grain black rice. It depends on your preferences which one to use.
Is black rice healthier?
Black rice tastes nutter and earthy this is why pairing it with meat stew, fried or baked is just ideal. Black rice is soft and fluffy and is much healthier than ordinary white ones. It is high in antioxidants, contains more proteins, and is a great add-in to weight-loss. It has a lot of health benefits and nutrients.
Why is black rice called forbidden rice?
Black rice is also known as forbidden rice because of its high price and inaccessibility. As the storey tells, a famous Chinese emperor reserved the black rice just for him and forbidden it to anyone less, because of its healthiness and longevity. It was considered so unique and healthy that it was forbidden from being used by anyone except royalty. Thank God that today it is widely accessible and not too expensive.
Forbidden rice is a medium-grain rice with a purple colour, nutty and earthy taste.
How to cook black rice?
Cooking black rice, especially in a Pressure Cooker is one of the fastest and less smelly then on a stovetop. Since I am addicted to Instant Pot I try to cook more and more as the final result is mouthwatering, easy, and no messy. I love making rice in an instant pot as it is so fluffy, non-sticky, earthy, and delish.
- 1 cup of whole-grain black rice
- 2 cups of water
- Some drops of olive oil
Rinse the rice in a colander and drain the water.
Take the pot out of the Presser Cooker and transfer the rice pouring 2 cups of water. Move the pot to ensure that all the rice is under the water.
Close the lid and pressure cook at high pressure selecting the pressure cook program. Set it for 25 minutes (or according to the pack instructions).
When beep sounds turn off the pressure cooker and leave it naturally release the steam. In about 10 minutes open the lid carefully and serve the full and soft black rice.
How to store black rice?
Let the black rice cool down and store it in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. Microwave it for some seconds and serve next to any dish. Simple and healthy!
Fluffy Instant Pot Black Rice
- instant pot
- 1 cup black rice
- 2 cups water
- some drops olive oil
- Rinse the rice in a colander and drain the water.
- Take the pot out of the Presser Cooker and transfer the rice pouring 2 cups of water. Move the pot to ensure that all the rice is under the water.
- Close the lid and select the pressure cook program. Set it for 25 minutes (or according to the pack instructions).
- When beep sounds turn off the pressure cooker and leave it naturally release the steam. In about 10 minutes open the lid carefully and serve the full and soft black rice.