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Monday, January 30, 2017

Spanish rice in an Instant Pot (IP)


So the IP fever is still on and will be more each passing day. I have made a lot of items by now in my IP so far and one of them is ‘Spanish Rice’. Very easy and delicious too. Husband was interested in learning new dishes in IP so got a few recipes printed. I checked them but didn’t appeal my Indian palate so made a new version all together. Here we go.

Ingredients:

  1. Sona Masoori Rice: 2.5 cups
  2. Canned Black beans: 2
  3. Low sodium Vegetable Broth: 4.5 Cups
  4. Small Onion Diced: Half a cup
  5. Tomato paste: 2 Tbspn
  6. Garlic: 5-6 minced cloves
  7. Olive oil: 2-3 Tbspn
  8. Southwest Chipotle Seasoining: 1.5 Tbspn
  9. Oregano: 2 Tbspn
  10. Garlic powder: 1 Tspn (optional) 
  11. Chili Flakes: To taste (optional)
  12. Salt: To taste 
Method:
  1. Put IP on sauté mode. 
  2. Add olive oil and put garlic in it. 
  3. Add onion and sauté for around 4 minutes or till the onion is translucent. 
  4. Now add tomato paste and sauté till it is cooked. 
  5. Now add washed canned beans to it and add all the spices. 
  6. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. 
  7. Now add rice and mix it with above mixture. 
  8. Add vegetable broth. Taste the liquid and then add salt to taste. Adding vegetable broth is an optional step, you may add water instead. However I feel vegetable broth gives nice taste and aroma to the rice. 
  9. Add chili flakes if desired. 
  10. Put the lid and turn off the sauté mode. 
  11. Now put IP on rice mode and let it cook. 
  12. I waited till NR (Natural Release) 
  13. Serve it with any Mexican chicken curry or eat it as is.
Notes:
  1. You can replace or add chicken cubes to the dish instead of beans.
  2. If serving it to kids then you may want to omit chipotle seasoning and chili flakes. It is not a spicy rice but may bother younger kids. Didn’t bother my kids though (5 and 2 year old J)
  3. You can add firm tofu to it. Do not add paneer otherwise the rice will become mushy because beans may release some juices while cooking. However you may add crumbled paneer if desired.
  4. Add any veggies on hand. Since it is a quick rice recipe I didn’t add many veggies in it.
  5. Hope you enjoy this very simple and quick rice recipe in your beloved Insta Pot.

Hope you like this quick recipe in the IP. 

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