Instant Pot Kerala Matta Rice


Kerala matta rice is known for having a lengthy cook time, but you can now make this plump nutty parboiled rice quickly and easily using an instant pot!

instant pot matta rice

Kerala matta rice is hands down my favorite rice. It’s SO good. It tastes sort of like… if pasta and rice had a baby.

The grains are soft and plump – it really does feel like you’re eating tiny grains of pasta. Try this parboiled red rice just once and you’ll know what I mean.

I personally love matta rice because it soaks up sauce like a champ. As in, it actually absorbs curry. It’s the perfect rice to serve with any Keralite Dish.

What is Kerala Matta Rice? How’s it different from Basmati Rice?

Kerala matta rice is also known as rosematta rice or red rice.

It has an earthy and nutty flavor to it. It’s not aromatic like Basmati Rice but is delicious in its own way. It’s supposed to be more nutritious than white rice too – it actually has fiber.

Dried matta rice absorbs some water as it cooks and so the grains get pretty big. Is it weird to describe grains of rice as being fat and juicy? Probably. But compared to slender basmati, this matta rice is definitely plump.

This is what it looks like before you cook it:

instant pot matta rice

Red parboiled rice normally takes longer to cook than basmati rice but with an instant pot, you can make matta rice almost as quickly and definitely just as easily.

instant pot matta rice

What’s the Rice to Water Ratio?

Typically this type of rice is cooked in a lot of water, which is then drained. Hey, kind of like pasta! See, I told you! Anyway… once the rice is done cooking, you can rinse the rice to get rid of any excess starch. Hey, kind of like past… okayy, I’ll stop now. 🤓

That said, you can technically use more water than I suggest in the recipe below to cook this rice since you’re going to drain/rinse it at the end anyway. My recipe calls for just 2 cups of water to make this (minimum amount necessary) – that way the instant pot doesn’t take as long to reach pressure. The more content in the pot, the longer it will take to reach pressure. But if you want to use 3, 4, 5 cups of water for a cup of rice – go for it… I’ll just be eating my rice before you. 🤪

I hope you try and like my method for making matta rice! Let me know what you think of it and what Keralite dish you serve it with!

instant pot matta rice

Instant Pot Kerala Matta Rice

instant pot matta rice

Instant Pot Kerala Matta Rice

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  • 1 cup red matta rice
  • 2 cups water*
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Soak the matta rice in cold water for 10 minutes. Drain, rinse well and set aside.
  • Add the rice, water and salt to the pot and mix well.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 10 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes, then open the valve to release any remaining pressure.
  • Drain any water from the pot (there may not be any) and then give the rice a quick rinse to remove excess starch (you don’t have to do this, but I do).
  • Serve with a tasty curry from my blog! 😉


*Technically, you can use more water than I suggest to cook the rice since you’re going to drain/rinse it off at the end anyway, however I suggest using 2 cups of water because that way the Instant Pot doesn’t take too long to reach pressure. The more contents in the pot, the longer it will take to reach pressure.
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  1. C says

    I made this and the rice turned out very mushy. I clicked the pressure cook setting, set it to high, cooked for ten minutes, and then natural released for ten minutes. Do you have any idea what might have gone wrong?

  2. Sowmika says

    Hi Ashley, thanks for the recipe. I understand the rice can vary, but following the same as above had the below issues. Can you tell me what am I doing wrong.
    1. With 1:2.5 water ratio – had burn indication without reaching pressure zone.
    2. With 1:4 ration – as you said it took a lot of time but it did cook well

    3. Both times there is a lot of water that is getting splashed out of the pressure release zone. Is this normal for an IP?

    Thanks !

  3. SK says

    Thank you for this. It cooked the rice perfectly but the quick release even after 10 minutes led to a lot of starchy mess everywhere. Any tips on how to avoid this?

  4. Jay says

    5 stars
    I got my instant pot a few days ago and the first thing I wanted to cook in it was rice, but…. All the recipes I’ve seen on google, YouTube, etc were for basmati rice. I thought – there must be Someone out there who’s cooked kerela rice in the IP and your website was the first to pop up. This recipe worked prefectly – thank you!
    I was wondering how much longer I’d need to cook the rice for if I didn’t soak it for 10 mins first? You know, being a busy mom and all (and also doing things last minute!)
    Also, a quick tip that I learned from my FIL – when I strain the cooked rice at the end, I add enough hot water into it to give it a good stir – this apparently helps get all the starch off the rice. Then strain.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Jay, I’m so glad you found my site! I actually think it’ll be fine in the same amount of time even if you skip soaking the rice. Also, thanks for sharing that tip from your FIL!

  5. George J says

    5 stars
    I have been searching specifically on cooking Kerala Matta rice in Instant pot. Glad to see this recipe . Can’t wait to try.. Thank you!

  6. Ash says

    5 stars
    This was the first time ever that I tried to make Mota/ Matta Rice and let me tell you – I had my reservations.
    As a Malayali, our lunches typically involved this rice and I thought there was no way I could replicate it. I followed your instructions and It came out… PERFECT! Thank you for sharing such a foolproof way of making this!

  7. Kirk Hansen says

    5 stars
    I went to my local Indian grocery looking for brown jasmine rice. The owner suggested red matta rice as an alternative, something I had never tried. After I bought it, he suggested a gallon of water per cup of rice when cooking it! I immediately found your way to cook it and It just came out of the Instant Pot and it’s amazing! Thanks so much!

  8. Ashley Mathai says

    5 stars
    Hi, I was wondering if i could follow the same recipe for regular parboiled rice? I can’t find the one with the husk on it in my area 🙁

  9. Katie says

    Bought some of this rice today to try; thank you for sharing your method for the IP!

    Do you soak the rice for an hour or longer before cooking? I know it needs to soak when cooked on the stove.

  10. Shaila says

    So happy that , we can cook Matta rice in insta😂
    Quick question : can you elaborate on point 5 ? Rinse the rice as in , you rinse cooked rice ?? In cold water ?
    Confused 🤷‍♀️

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Shaila, sure! So once the matta rice is done, rinse it with water (cold water is fine) to remove any additional starch. You don’t have to do this but I find the flavor/texture of matta rice is better after a quick rinse. Hope that helps, let me know if you have more questions!

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