For the longest time I was one of those just boil rice in water like pasta people. Eventually, I learned this wasn’t quite the way you were supposed to do it, and then I discovered the magic of rice in the Instant Pot.
This Instant Pot Basmati Rice and Kale recipe is one of my favorite go to side dishes for just about every meal. We are huge fans of kale for many reasons (besides the fact that it tastes good, of course).
What Vitamins Are In Kale?
Let’s start with just the vitamins in kale that you can get over 100% of your daily value from one serving of kale with.
Those would be Vitamin A (206%), Vitamin K (684%), and Vitamin C (134%).
We all know Vitamin C is great for your immune system but what about Vitamin A and Vitamin K?
As it turns out, Vitamin A is also fantastic for your immune system, and even your eyes.
We don’t hear much about Vitamin K, but helps with blood clotting and regulating blood calcium levels.
Speaking of calcium, Kale is also full of it! Kale is packed with minerals like Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, and Potassium.
You can review all of the nutritional value of kale here.
This recipe is a great and delicious way to get all of those great vitamins into your diet. Because we cook this basmati rice and kale in the Instant Pot, the kale is not as bitter as it is raw or even sautéed.
Basmati Rice and Kale Recipe
Of course, there is both basmati rice and kale in this recipe.
There is also fresh parsley, which is also packed with Vitamins A, C, and K.
After everything is done, we squeeze fresh lemon juice over our basmati rice.
Lemon juice also has more Vitamin C in it!
This recipe is a great immune booster!
Not to mention that the texture of the rice is just perfect.
Cooking Basmati Rice in the Instant Pot
I have to admit, I wasn’t always the best rice maker in the Instant Pot.
If you have too much liquid in your instant pot, your rice will quickly turn to mush.
I learned this the first time I tried to just use the standard 1 part of rice and 2 part of liquid ratio.
It turns out, to make the perfect rice in the Instant Pot, just use a 1:1 ratio of rice to water.
This means that you need to make sure you drain your rice completely after you wash it, or you’ll end up adding more liquid and have mushy rice.
Set your Instant Pot to high pressure, and cook your basmati rice for 5 minutes.
Then let it natural release before you release any additional pressure for 10 minutes. If you are in a hurry, 5 works too!
Thats all there is to making amazing rice in the Instant Pot.
- 2 cups uncooked basmati rice, rinsed
- 2 cups of water
- 8 leaves of kale
- 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley (or 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley leaves)
- Half of a lemon
- Rinse 2 cups of uncooked basmati rice. Be sure you get most of the water out! This is really important for good Instant Pot rice!
- Add rice to Instant Pot.
- Seperate 8 kale leaves from the stalks and chop to your desired size. I like to chop mine fine for this.
- Chop 2 Tablespoons of fresh Italian Parsely. If you don't have fresh parsely, use 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsely.
- Add kale and parsely to the Instant Pot.
- Add 2 cups of water to the Instant Pot.
- Close Instant Pot and make sure it is set to sealing.
- Cook for 5 minutes on high pressure.
- Allow to naturally release for at 10 minutes, 5 if you are in a hurry.
- Open Instant Pot. Fluff rice with a serving spoon.
- Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon over the rice and fluff.
- Serve as a side dish or main course. Be sure to turn off the Instnat Pot, don't leave it on keep warm.
This is a great recipe that is packed full of immune boosting vitamins and minerals.
It works great with fresh or frozen kale, or whichever leavy green vegetable you have on hand at the time.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g