Rice pudding is a delicious dessert made within 30 minutes. This creamy instant pot rice pudding is easy, quick, and one of the best puddings.
Rice pudding is anyways an easy yet delicious dessert. There are no fancy items required for this pudding. This is creamy, perfectly sweet pudding with mushy rice. Too delicious to resist. My family is a great fan of this creamy rice pudding and so I make this too often.
This instant pot rice pudding has only 4 ingredients - milk, rice, cinnamon powder, and sugar. Also, add some nuts and raisins for some extra flavor. Cardamom powder also adds a nice flavor to the pudding.
Instant pot rice pudding
Cooking this rice pudding in an instant pot is so easy, this has reduced the effort to a large extent. Just dump the ingredients into your instant pot, close the lid with a sealed vent, set the time, and forget. Forget is my favorite part ;). Because I actually forget while cooking them on the stovetop and that ends up in burnt pudding.
While cooking pudding on the stovetop in a pot or saucepan, we need to stir it every now and then to make sure it's not sticking at the bottom. Once it started to stick at the bottom, it gives a nasty burning kind of smell to the whole pudding.
And to avoid that, you should be attentive and careful while making your rice pudding especially when we simmer the rice in milk. I don't get that taste when we cook rice in water then add milk and simmer. That doesn't make the pudding so delicious as when we simmer it in milk and the milk is reduced in quantity adding to the creamy consistency.
Read my stovetop rice pudding recipe here. This is also delicious and creamy but it requires your time and attention.
And that's where comes the role of Instant pot making life so easy, no stirring, nothing. Now whenever I make this creamy rice pudding, I make it in my instant pot only. And once in a week, this dessert is fixed on my weekly menu.
Which rice is best for this rice pudding?
Traditionally white rice is used for this pudding. However, you can use basmati rice, jasmine rice, and arborio rice. These are a little more starchy than white rice. Arborio rice is the starchiest one and gives a supper mushy texture to the pudding. I use basmati and arborio rice.Basmati rice is more fragrant and adds some distinct aroma to the pudding. So I love basmati as well. This has good starch content as well.
Shall I rinse the rice or not for my rice pudding?
Actually, we shall not rinse the rice for pudding since it washes off the starch from the rice. Starch gives a nice mushy texture to the pudding. But I do rinse the rice as they are not always that clean and it also spoils the pudding more quickly than when rinsed before cooking.
Can I make this pudding with coconut milk?
Yes, you can make this rice pudding with coconut milk for sure. If you are vegan, then coconut milk is the best choice for a creamy pudding.
How to make Instant Pot Rice Pudding?
A detailed quantity of the ingredients is mentioned in the recipe card below. However, all quantities I have mentioned are suitable under the"Porridge" setting (20 minutes auto-setup) of the instant pot and not for the "manual pressure cook" setting (5 minutes as in rice cooking).
Please note - The same consistency and creamy texture may not be achieved equally in 2 different modes and with the same quantities of ingredients.
Rice - Basmati/ Jasmin/ Arborio. Here I have taken basmati rice. The other two vary also work well and give a creamy texture.
Sugar - white sugar/ brown sugar/ cane sugar. Add sugar as per your taste. Here the quantity may vary as per taste.
Milk - full-fat cream is best for creamy porridge. However, milk quantity may vary with the rice you are using and the mode of cooking. Basmati rice or Jasmin rice takes lesser milk than arborio rice. So if you are taking arborio rice, consider adding 1/2 cup milk more than mentioned in the ingredients list.
Flavors - Vanilla extract, nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder
Nuts & Raisins - As per choice. I love to add slivered almonds, pistachios, cashews, raisins for a rich taste.
Add rice to the pot. You may wash the rice or skip washing. Add sugar, milk to the pot. Stir once gently before closing the lid.
Close the lid and turn the steam vent to "SEALING". Now turn on the "PORRIDGE" setting on the instant pot. The time is auto-set for 20 minutes. It will take 7 - 8 minutes for the instant pot to come to pressure level. Then the timer will start for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, when it beeps let it be on "KEEP WARM" or NPR for 10 minutes. Then release rest pressure. Open the lid. With help of a spatula or spoon, break if any lumps formed in the pudding. Mash the rice slightly with a spoon or ladle for a creamier texture.
The pudding will thicken gradually when gets cooled down. So don't panic if it looks a little watery or more milky than creamy, then please don't panic.
Add the rest flavors like vanilla extract, a pinch of nutmeg, and cinnamon powder and mix well. Also, add your favorite nuts and raisins to the pudding.
Extra Tip - If you feel it's more watery/ milky than the required consistency, start the "SAUTE" function for 3 - 4 minutes. Once it starts, you can see the simmering. Keep stirring often to avoid burning at the bottom. Once reached the desired consistency, press "CANCEL" to stop cooking.
Recipe Card for Instant Pot Rice Pudding
Instant Pot Rice Pudding
- Wash and rinse rice nicely.
- Add rice, milk, sugar, salt to the inner pot.
- Give them a nice mix before closing the lid.
- Close the lid of the instant pot and turn the steam vent to "SEALING".
- Now start the instant pot on "Porridge" setting.
- The porridge mode is preset at 20 minutes.
- Let it sit for natural pressure release for 10 minutes minimum before opening the lid.
- Then quick release the pressure for the rest.
- Open the lid and give it a nice stir.
- Add vanilla essence, nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder to the pudding.
- Mash the rice lightly by pressing it with help of a spoon or ladle.
- Add the chopped almonds and dry fruits.
- Instant pot rice pudding is ready to serve.
- Serve it hot or chilled.