Matta Rice, How to cook Kerala Matta Rice – Pressure Cooker Method

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My husband loves Kerala Rice. Its also called as the palakkadan matta rice. There is a red hue on the rice which is nothing but the pericarp. Its highly nutritious and rich in fibre. The traditional method can take a long time to cook. The rice is cooked in lots of water. The one basic problem that people face when cooking matta rice in pressure cooker is that the water spews out of the pressure cooker during cooking and the whole place becomes a starchy mess. This can be easily avoided by using a pot inside a pressure cooker.

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Video of how to cook kerala matta rice in a pressure cooker.

Here is how to cook kerala matta rice in a pressure cooker.

Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes minimum. You can soak up-to an hour.

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Take the pressure cooker and add in one cup of water to the cooker. Take a bowl and add in the washed and drained rice. I used 1 cup of rice. Add in 7 cups of water to the bowl. Place the bowl inside the pressure cooker filled with water. Cover the cooker and cook for 8-10 whistles on medium flame. We need this many whistles as we are cooking by pot in pot method. I also like my rice to be soft. So I cook for 10 whistles. It takes about 12-15 minutes. After the said whistles, switch off the flame and let the cooker rest for 30 minutes. Do not open the lid until that time. The rice will absorb and get swollen during the resting time.

Note: I cook the rice using pot in pot method. If the water is directly added, the water spews out during cooking creating a big mess on the stove. This can be easily avoided by using pot in pot method.

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After 30 minutes, open the cooker. There will be lots of water in the bowl along with the cooked rice. Drain the rice on a colander.

Note: I do not cook the matta rice by absorption method as I find the rice to be gummy. So I always add lots of water and drain it later on.  If you are worried about losing nutrition, please use the water in making chapati dough, etc…

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Perfectly cooked kerala matta rice is ready!

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How to cook Kerala Matta Rice – Pressure Cooker Method

How to cook kerala matta rice in pressure cooker. Easy way to cook matta rice.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 Cup Matta Rice
  • 7 Cups Water

Instructions

  1. Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes minimum. You can soak upto an hour.
  2. Take the pressure cooker and add in one cup of water to the cooker. Take a bowl and add in the washed and drained rice. I used 1 cup of rice. Add in 7 cups of water to the bowl. Place the bowl inside the pressure cooker filled with water. Cover the cooker and cook for 8-10 whistles on medium flame. We need this many whistles as we are cooking by pot in pot method. I also like my rice to be soft. So I cook for 10 whistles. It takes about 12-15 minutes. After the said whistles, switch off the flame and let the cooker rest for 30 minutes. Do not open the lid until that time. The rice will absorb and get swollen during the resting time.
  3. After 30 minutes, open the cooker. There will be lots of water in the bowl along with the cooked rice. Drain the rice on a colander.
  4. Perfectly cooked kerala matta rice is ready!
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Rice
  • Cuisine: South India

46 thoughts on “Matta Rice, How to cook Kerala Matta Rice – Pressure Cooker Method”

  1. I absolutely love Matta rice! It is definitely a better option than traditional white rice when it comes to nutrition and taste. I have tried it with many different South Indian dishes, and its flavour always stands out. It has a unique nutty taste and texture that is hard to beat. Plus, the fact that it’s healthier than white rice is an added bonus! I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to switch up their usual meals.






  2. My friend Antony eats only matta.rice.His 3lit.Chakson cooker (just like Hopkins).Method .He adds One and a half cups water to one cup rice directly.One whistle in High.After he turns to sim.One whistle and off.Let the cooker cool completely.Open to find rice like Malli poo(Jasmin)A.Lakshman

  3. I liked your ways which were you mention the recipe of matta rice . I liked the south Indian food and always trying to cooked the south Indian foods . I really thankful to you to mention the recipe of the food. I follow you to keep learning the new recipe.

      1. Murthy Vemparala

        Dear ma’am,

        Have a good day!

        My question is whether we can put matta rice with the required quantity of water directly into the cooker without using any bowl (actually not available any bowl which goes inside the cooker) with 8 or 10 whistles.

  4. S Radhakrishnan

    Could you explain if you can cook matta rice far more easily? What I mean is can we wash the rice and add the necessary water and cook it all at one go so that the rice is fully cooked and all the water is absorbed? This will be most helpful for working bachelors like me. This is how I cook basmati rice. Thanks.






  5. How do you cook dal without it coming out of the vent. This problem is more in a stainless steel cooker. The pot method doesnt cook the dal well. Tried adding oil as well but doesn’t seem to work.

  6. I tried this yesterday and it turned out perfect. Thank you for the neat step – by – step instructions.
    Do you know if kai-kuththal arasi and Kerala matta rice are the same?






  7. Dear Madam/Sir,

    We have developed an innovative pressure cooker, StrainO, it can drain starchy water and very quick to cook. For example:
    1 cup of kerala matta rice – 4 cups of water is added, cooking time: under 20mins cooked and drained rice is ready for eating.

    Please watch the youtube video. This might be useful for you

  8. Jayanthi Jonathan

    Hello mam, I cooked Matta rice following this method n it was absolutely perfect. The best part is the texture of the rice n how much of cooking time it saves. Thanks a lot.






  9. Radhakrishna Rao

    Another Method you can do….

    Previous night soak the rice in water

    Next day morning coocker put drained race n add water 3:1 ratio…

    In medium flame cook for 5 whistle….

    After half(min) to one hour(max) all pressure gone open lid n add 2-3 cup water again as per requirement…

    Then again cook for 5 whistle…..

    After 30 min remove lid n drain water n use rice….

    Dont throw drained water, for a glass add ghee(home made) n salt n drink…. this is the best nutrition drink on the mother earth…






  10. Malhar Deshpande

    I purchased kerala vadi matta rice (double horse brand) from good kerala shop.when I washed the rice I felt that coloured water was coming out as if it is artificially coloured. Is it normal thing.shop keeper said it is normal.After cooking it will not look red.it will be light pink/white.Only two three brown lines will remain there. Is it correct? please reply.

  11. You have a wonderful blog here. The recipes are very accurate and informative. I have a question – I cook food in the pressure cooker as instructed the manual, that is bringing the cooker to full pressure on maximum heat and then reducing to simmer and checking the time. Could you give me a similar instruction please. It is difficult to count the whistles when one goes around the house doing other chores. May be I’ll try on low flame and time it for 12-15 min as you mentioned.

  12. Thank you, simplified and hassle free recipe, just bought some after going to Kerala and loved the rice, it was so light and yummy






  13. Really liked the way you simplified the entire process of cooking matta rice Suguna…
    Also, the images are really tempting πŸ™‚

    Matta rice is always a better option over the traditional white rice when it comes to nutrition and taste. I really love it when had with authentic South Indian curries and dishes

    Keep writing such awesome recipes






  14. Same method we can follow in electric rice cooker also. We can drain excess water when the cooker comes in warm mode.

  15. Hi Kanamma,

    LOve your recipes.

    one question though, won”t adding the extra water and draining of the cooked liquid remove the nutrition.

  16. Bibi Shabila Yusuf

    Can’t wait to try the vadai and orange ginger soup. They look so good! I love all of your recipes! And your family story, very heart warming! Keep them coming. All the best to you and your family.
    xoxo Bibi






  17. Hi can you please provide the procedure for cooking brown rice too? Something always goes wrong with that for me πŸ™

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