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how to cook kerala boiled rice in cooker | Family Cuisine

Kerala boiled rice is a popular dish from the state of Kerala in India. It is made by boiling white rice with coconut milk and spices, then adding vegetables such as beans, spinach, or potatoes to it.

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How to cook kerala boiled rice in cooker


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.

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


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…


Perfectly cooked kerala matta rice is ready!


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