Chances are, you have an Instant Pot – after all, who doesn’t? It’s amazing in the kitchen, this somewhat large and bulky appliance. This contraption can make everything from cheesecake to pork roast, yogurt, and delicious Mexican tamales that you would see at some of the best eateries around town.
I mean, who really wants to make rice when you can make cheesecake? Right?
We all love a really beautiful, gorgeous dessert – but sometimes a good pot of rice is ultimately life’s favorite comfort food.. At this point in time, you probably already know how to make rice in your Instant Pot – after all, it’s just that: rice. We have made rice dozens and dozens of times.
Dump in the rice, add the water, and set the timer. Maybe if you are feeling bold you can add cilantro, or pineapple… but we all know that white rice generally cooks faster than brown rice, which can take up to 28 minutes.
While that’s a wonderful thing, most Instant Pot recipe books don’t guide you to make soaked rice. At least none of the books I have. Have you made soaked grains in the Instant Pot?
It’s incredibly important to soak your grains – in fact, soaked grains have a variety of benefits, from reduced cooking time to fluffier texture. But the biggest reason is the benefit of reducing the starch in the rice and the amount of anti-nutrients known as phytic acid.
Why is this important?
Phytic acid is a mineral blocker that is found in grains, seeds and beans – 80% of phosphorus in grains and beans is bound to phytic acid, which makes it unabsorbable by the human body.
Phytic acid prevents calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron and copper (minerals) from being absorbed from the food you eat and drink – it also takes minerals out of your body, too. Thankfully we can alleviate that problem by soaking grains prior to cooking – while it takes additional time (planning ahead mainly), it’s much better for us.
Making soaked rice requires just a few additional steps – and some extra time. It’s incredibly nutritious and easier to digest.
What you’ll need:
Once your rice is done, take some time to determine if you need to make tweaks – the recipe and steps should get you close to perfect soaked rice. But if you are a tiny bit off, take a few minutes to determine what you may need to adjust for the next time.
No matter what you believe you need to do, make those tiny adjustments so that your future rice recipes can yield perfect results that are easily duplicatable. This recipe turns out perfect for us every time – and while it’s not as ‘fast” as dumping the rice in the Instant Pot on a whim and pushing a button, provided I think ahead, I can typically make this any time.