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Failproof Extra Long Grain Rice Recipe (Instant Pot)

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For perfectly fluffy white rice follow the step-by-step directions provided in this extra long grain rice Instant Pot recipe. Learn simple tips like how much water and how long it takes to cook failproof long-grain rice. Enjoy flawlessly cooked rice in just minutes, ideal for serving as an easy side dish or adding to soups, casseroles, and your favorite recipes.

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The versatility of rice is endless and I love using an electric pressure cooker to make it. I often make it as a side dish with curries, these edamame dumplings, or this Sticky Sesame Oyster Mushroom Recipe, but it’s also great to have some already cooked on hand for this Vegan Fried Rice recipe.  

 Before I lost 125 pounds I didn’t eat rice very often. I have to admit I have never been able to make rice on the stove top. I either burn it or it’s crunchy.

I used to have a rice cooker and it helped, but I felt like it was just taking up space since I only used it for rice.

Now that I have discovered how to make pressure cooker rice I enjoy it all the time. It took a bit, but I figured out the right amount of water, the precise cooking time, and a few other tips and tricks I’ll share.


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What is long-grain rice?

Rice is categorized based on the length of its grains, such as short grain, medium grain, or long grain rice. Long grain rice, the most prevalent type, typically has grains that are 3 to 5 times longer than their width. With lower starch content, properly cooked long grain rice yields separate, distinct grains and results in a fluffy texture.

Extra long grain rice refers to a variety of rice with grains that are longer than traditional long-grain rice varieties. These rice grains are slender and can measure around 6.0 millimeters or longer. Extra long grain rice is known for its distinct texture, which remains separate and fluffy when cooked, making it a popular choice for dishes like pilafs, and biryanis, and as a side dish. It’s commonly used in cuisines such as Indian, Middle Eastern, and Asian. 

Varieties of rice that are long-grain

A few examples of extra long-grain rice include:

  • Basmati Rice: Both white basmati rice and brown basmati rice are known for their fragrant aroma and slender grains. Basmati rice originates from India and is prized for its delicate flavor and fluffy texture when cooked. Basmati rice has a lower glycemic index, so those with diabetes can enjoy small amounts of basmati rice without the negative impact.
  • Jasmine Rice: Jasmine rice is a variety of long grain rice with a subtle floral aroma. It is commonly known as Asian rice and is grown in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. Jasmine rice is slightly sticky rice, making it ideal for dishes where a bit of cohesion is desired like sushi.
  • Texmati Rice: Texmati rice is a hybrid variety developed in Texas combining the characteristics of Basmati rice with those of traditional American long grain rice. It has a similar aroma and flavor profile to Basmati rice but is grown domestically in the United States.
  • Della Rice: Della rice is a type of long grain rice that is grown primarily in the United States. It is known for its slender grains and slightly nutty flavor. Della rice is often used in pilafs, salads, and side dishes.

These examples represent just a few varieties of extra long grain rice available worldwide. There are so many different kinds of rice I suggest trying different ones to see which is your favorite.

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Ingredients for Extra Long Grain Rice Instant Pot

This recipe requires very few ingredients, but you need to make sure to use the right type of rice and the right water ratio. You can find the full recipe card, including ingredient quantities, full step-by-step instructions, and nutritional information below. 

  • Rice – long grain white rice – be sure to rinse it
  • Water – you could opt to use vegetable broth for extra flavor. As you can see in the picture, I did. 
  • Salt – you can omit especially if you decide to use veggie broth.

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Long grain rice Instant Pot Recipe

Instructions for making extra long grain rice in an instant pot

Step 1 – Rinse rice

Rinsing rice helps eliminate excess starches, leading to more individualized grains after cooking. This step is crucial so do not skip it. 

To rinse the rice, place it in a large mixing bowl and cover it with cold water. Using your hand, gently swirl the rice. Pour off the water and repeat this process several times, or until the water runs somewhat clear. 

Alternatively, you can rinse the rice directly in a fine mesh strainer under cold running water. 

Step 2 – Drain the rice

Drain off excess water from the rinsed rice before cooking.

Step 3 – Cook on high pressure

For every cup of rice, add a cup of water and a quarter teaspoon of salt to the inner pot of the pressure cooker. Gently stir with a spoon or spatula to make sure all the grains of rice are below the water and distribute the salt.

You can add half a teaspoon of fat like coconut oil or olive oil if desiredThe fat reduces foam generated when the rice is cooking and gives it flavor, but it isn’t necessary for fluffy rice. 

Place the cover on and move the steam release valve to the sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure/manual for 4 minutes  It should take about 7-10 minutes to pressurize before the 4 minutes will start counting down.

Step 4 –  Natural pressure release

When the cooking time is over, allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for ten minutes. DO NOT SKIP this step. The rice is continuing to cook and will result in fluffy white rice.

Then, press the cancel button and carefully release any remaining steam by turning the steam release valve to the venting position and doing a quick pressure release. Once the pin drops down, remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.

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Failproof Extra Long Grain Rice Recipe (Instant Pot)

For perfectly fluffy white rice follow the step-by-step directions provided in this extra long grain rice Instant Pot recipe. Learn simple tips like how much water and how long it takes to cook failproof long-grain rice. Enjoy flawlessly cooked rice in just minutes, ideal for serving as an easy side dish or adding to soups, casseroles, and your favorite recipes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword extra long grain rice instant pot, instant pot long grain rice
Cook Time 4 minutes
Pressurize and Natural Release 20 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 320kcal
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Rinse rice. Place it in a large mixing bowl and cover it with cold water. Gently stir the rice. Pour off the water and repeat this process several times, or until the water runs somewhat clear. Drain off excess water from the rinsed rice before cooking.
  • Add the ingredients to the inner pot of the pressure cooker.
  • Place the cover on and move the steam release valve to the sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure/manual for 4 minutes  It should take about 7-10 minutes to pressurize before the 4 minutes will start counting down.
  • Release pressure naturally for ten minutes. DO NOT SKIP this step. The rice is continuing to cook and will result in fluffy white rice.
  • Quick pressure release the remaining steam. When pin drops, carefully open the lid and fluff rice with a fork.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe uses long-grain white rice. If using long-grain brown rice add 22 minutes cooking time. 
Nutritional Information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this recipe may differ depending on the ingredients you use.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5 cup | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 6g

What to serve with rice

Variations/Substitutions

Here are a few ideas to add flavor to plain rice:

  1. Herbs and Spices: Mix in fresh or dried herbs like parsley, cilantro, thyme, or rosemary, or add spices such as cumin, turmeric, paprika, or curry powder to the cooking water for aromatic rice.
  2. Coconut Milk: Replace some or all of the water with coconut milk for a creamy and tropical twist. This is perfect for serving alongside Asian or Caribbean-inspired dishes.
  3. Broth or Stock: Cook the rice in vegetable broth instead of water for a richer flavor. You can also stir in a spoonful of bouillon paste or bouillon powder for added depth.
  4. Fresh Garlic and Ginger: Sauté minced garlic and ginger in oil or vegan butter before adding the rice to infuse it with aromatic flavor. This works well in Asian-inspired dishes.
  5. Double or Triple: You can increase the recipe and freeze leftover rice for meal prep for busy weeknights. 

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and combinations to create your own unique variations of plain rice!

Troubleshooting common mistakes when cooking Instant Pot long grain rice

  • Not Measuring – This basic recipe has been tested to ensure the correct ratio of rice to ratio of water. For best results be sure to measure. 
  • Burned Rice – Not enough water or liquid can lead to hard rice, burnt, and stuck to the bottom of the pot. You might even receive a burn notice from your pressure cooker.
  • Mushy Rice – When cooking long-grain white rice you want a 1:1 ratio. That means you should add a cup of water for every cup of rice. Too much water or liquid can cause mushy rice. Overcooking can also make the rice mushy. Be sure to pay attention to cook time. Cooking on low pressure instead of high pressure can also result in mushy rice. 
  • Sticky Rice – Be sure to rinse the rice until the water runs fairly clear. If you skip this step you run the risk of the rice turning out sticky. These things might be causing your rice to be sticky too.
  • Undercooked Rice – Do Not quick release. A natural release of pressure is a necessary step if you want fully cooked rice. However, if your rice is consistently undercooked, you may need to change the amount of time you are cooking it. Try adding a minute or two and see if that improves the results.

FAQ’s

Should rice be cooked on low or high pressure? 

Rice should be cooked on high pressure.

Is Basmati Rice vegan?

Yes. However, if you add chicken broth, beef broth, or fish stock it will not be vegan. Keep in mind some restaurants use these when cooking rice.


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Is White Basmati Rice healthy? 

Basmati rice is naturally gluten-free and low in fat. It has a lower glycemic index compared to other types of rice, meaning it is less likely to cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels. It provides complex carbohydrates which are a primary source of energy. All of these factors and more make it a healthy option.  

Is Brown Basmati Rice healthy? 

Yes. Brown basmati rice is healthier than white basmati rice due to the lack of processing it receives. The bran layer and germ are still intact, so it has more fiber and is lower on the glycemic index making it a healthy choice. 

Is Basmati Rice a whole grain?

Whether basmati rice is considered a whole grain depends on the processing it undergoes. White basmati rice has been milled and polished to remove the outer bran layer and germ, which contain most of the fiber and nutrients. As a result, white basmati rice is classified as a refined grain. On the other hand, brown basmati rice retains the bran layer and germ, making it a whole grain and providing more fiber, vitamins, and minerals compared to white basmati rice.

Is Basmati Rice healthy for weight loss?

Basmati rice can be included in a weight loss diet when consumed as part of a balanced meal plan. It offers several benefits that can support weight loss efforts.

First, basmati rice has a lower glycemic index compared to other rice varieties, meaning it is less likely to cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels. This can help control hunger and cravings, making it easier to stick to a calorie-controlled diet.

Portion control is crucial when incorporating basmati rice into a weight loss plan. While it can be a healthy choice, consuming large portions can lead to excess calorie intake, hindering weight loss progress. Being mindful of serving sizes and incorporating appropriate portions into meals is important for managing calorie intake.

To create balanced meals, pair basmati rice with lean proteins like beans, tofu, or tempeh, healthy fats, and plenty of vegetables. This not only increases satiety but also provides a wider range of nutrients essential for overall health. By including a variety of nutrient-dense foods in meals, you can create satisfying and filling dishes that support weight loss goals.

When choosing basmati rice, opt for brown basmati rice. It contains more fiber and nutrients than white basmati rice due to its intact bran layer and germ. This makes it a more filling and nutritious option that can help support weight loss efforts.

Keep in mind this Instant Pot recipe for Failproof Extra Long Grain Rice is for white rice only. You will need to cook brown rice with a 1: 1 1/4 ratio and increase cooking time to 22 minutes.

Do I have to rinse rice?

Yes. The rice will still taste fine, however rinsing removes any excess starch and helps keep the grains separate. If you skip this step your rice may be sticky.

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What’s the best seasoning for rice?

Besides the cooking techniques I mentioned earlier like adding herbs or spices to the cooking water, cooking the rice in broth or watered-down coconut milk, or adding sauteed garlic or ginger, here are a few more ways you can season rice.

  • Vegetables: Sauté diced vegetables like onions, bell peppers, carrots, or peas in olive oil or vegan butter before adding cooked rice. You can also mix in roasted vegetables like cherry tomatoes, zucchini, or mushrooms for added flavor and texture.
  • Citrus Zest: Add a burst of freshness by stirring in grated citrus zest like lemon, lime, or orange to the cooked rice. This adds brightness and complements a variety of dishes.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Toasted nuts and seeds like almonds, cashews, pine nuts, or sesame seeds can add crunch and richness to plain rice. Simply sprinkle them over the cooked rice before serving.
  • Dried Fruit: Mix in chopped dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries, apricots, or dates for a touch of sweetness and texture contrast. They pair well with savory rice dishes.
  • Vegan Cheese: Sprinkle vegan cheese like Parmesan, cheddar, or feta over hot rice and stir until melted for a creamy and indulgent variation.
  • Fresh Herbs and Scallions: Stir in chopped fresh herbs like chives, basil, or green onions just before serving for a burst of freshness and color.
  • Spice Mix – Depending on what you are serving the rice with you can add spice mixes like this replacement for Old Bay Seasoning, this Copycat Old El Paso Taco Seasoning, or this Homemade Salt Substitute.

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Storing Leftover rice

Storing leftover rice properly is essential to maintain its freshness and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Here’s how to store it safely:

  • Cool Down Quickly: After cooking, allow the rice to cool down to room temperature as quickly as possible. This helps prevent the growth of bacteria. Avoid leaving cooked rice at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Refrigerate Promptly: Transfer the leftover rice into a shallow, airtight container or divide it into smaller portions. Place the container in the refrigerator promptly, within 2 hours of cooking. Refrigerating the rice slows down bacterial growth and preserves its freshness.
  • Use Within 4 Days: Consume the leftover rice within 4 days for the best quality and safety. Discard any rice that has been left in the refrigerator for longer than this period.
  • Reheat Thoroughly: When reheating leftover rice, ensure it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) throughout to kill any bacteria. You can reheat rice in the microwave, on the stovetop, or in the oven. Add a splash of water or broth and fluff the rice with a fork to prevent it from drying out.
  • Avoid Reheating Multiple Times: To minimize the risk of foodborne illness, avoid reheating leftover rice multiple times. Reheating rice repeatedly can increase the chance of bacterial growth and food poisoning.
  • Freezing (Optional): If you’re unable to consume the leftover rice within 4 days, consider freezing it for longer-term storage. Place cooled rice in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag, removing excess air before sealing. Label the container with the date and use it within 1-2 months for the best quality. Thaw frozen rice in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

By following these guidelines, you can safely store leftover rice and enjoy it later without compromising taste or quality. For more info regarding food safety, click here

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What to serve with rice?

Here are some healthy options to serve with rice:

  • Curries: Serve rice alongside flavorful vegan curries such as this vegan potato curry recipe, chickpea curry, lentil curry, vegetable curry, or tofu curry. The rice absorbs the delicious sauce and provides a hearty base for the curry.
  • Stir-Fries: Pair rice with vegetable stir-fries like this Pineapple stir fry for a quick and nutritious meal. Use a variety of colorful vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, snap peas, and mushrooms, add tofu or tempeh for added protein, seasoned with soy sauce or teriyaki sauce.
  • Bean Dishes: Combine rice with bean-based dishes like black bean soup, white bean chili, or lentil dal. These protein-rich dishes are filling and satisfying when served over rice.
  • Stuffed Peppers or Tomatoes: Stuff bell peppers or tomatoes with a flavorful mixture of rice, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Bake until tender for a delicious main dish.
  • Grilled or Roasted Vegetables: Serve rice alongside grilled or roasted vegetables or this Vegetable Bhuna for a simple yet satisfying meal. Season the vegetables with herbs, garlic, and olive oil for extra flavor.
  • Vegan Powel Bowls: Build colorful Power Bowls with a variety of cooked and raw vegetables, legumes, grains, and sauces. Serve rice as the base and top with your favorite vegan toppings like avocado, nuts, seeds, or tahini dressing.
  • Vegan Sushi Rolls: Make homemade vegan sushi rolls with rice, nori seaweed, and a variety of fillings such as avocado, cucumber, carrot, tofu, or marinated mushrooms. Serve with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger.
  • Vegan Grain Salads: Combine cooked rice with other grains like quinoa, bulgur, or barley to create hearty grain salads. Add vegetables, herbs, nuts, and a zesty dressing for a nutritious and satisfying dish.

These are just a few examples of vegan dishes that pair well with rice. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different flavors and ingredients to create your own delicious rice-based meals!

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​Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical professional. The information provided on this blog is based on my personal experiences and research as a vegan recipe enthusiast. While I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns. The recipes and tips shared on this blog are meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking personalized guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

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