This Instant Pot Sprouted Brown Rice with Beef recipe is a simple dish that is full of flavor and bound to make the entire family happy. This dish is healthy, easily digestible and simple to make for a quick one pot dinner with plenty leftovers for lunch.
One pot meals are a wonder. The magic of throwing everything into a modern appliance and after a short while, you have a complete meal – ready to be devoured – is not lost on me.
Easy Instant Pot Rice Dish
The Slavic people have a traditional rice dish known as Plov (sometimes known as pilaf). It’s literally composed of simple ingredients such as carrots, onions, beef and rice. But what makes it exceptional are the spices.
When cumin and coriander hit the sizzling pot, amazing aroma ensues and creates a fragrant and distinctive flavor. This is what characterizes this rice dish against all the others. This cocktail of perfectly synergistical spices that work together to create the most amazing flavor.
What makes this rice dish so special?
Using sprouted rice makes this more easily digestible as phytic acid is released during the sprouting process. Brown rice is notorious for being “heavy on the gut” (and for this reason, we prefer white rice over brown – see THIS post for more information) but when “soaked” or “sprouted” – in a sense, the grains are pre-digested making it easy to digest and assimilate the nutrients.
This is an awesome way to get the benefits of brown rice without sacrificing gut health.
To further the nutrition power punch, use bone broth in place of water when cooking the dish and it’s a major #momwin.
Helpful Tips to Make This Instant Pot Sprouted Brown Rice with Beef Recipe
- Purchase already sprouted brown rice. THIS is the brand I love and use and readily have available in my pantry. They are local to me and regularly test for arsenic levels, (which are way below nation-wide.)
- If you don’t have bone broth on hand, feel free to use filtered water but I always prefer to cook my grains in broth for extra nutrition.
- In order for to obtain that authentic “plov” flavor, restrain from adding more vegetables into this dish. Rely on the aroma and depth of cumin, coriander, and pepper for a true cultural essence.
Useful resources for this Instant Pot Sprouted Brown Rice with Beef recipe:
- THIS is the brown rice that has already been sprouted and is kid friendly!
- THIS is the 6 quart Instant Pot I currently use daily and love!! It comes with very little bells and whistles and I love it that way! Want an 8 qt? THIS is the one I would probably go with. (It’s only $10 more!).
- Once the dish is cooked, I always remove the cooker lid and place THIS lid on instead (I have two of these!) — get the 8qt lids HERE.
Note: If I were starting out my Instant Pot journey today and I had a house full of hungry mouths to feed, I’d probably go with an 8-quart. But because I originally purchased a 6-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker waaaay back before it was the rage and subsequently obtained all my accessories (extra rings, pots, lids, etc…) to fit a 6 quart – it’s simply unwise for me to purchase an 8-quart now because it would come with the burden of switching all of those accessories to the size of an 8-quart. Do what’s best for your family and for your budget and I will do my best to link all those products on my page for your convenience!
Instant Pot Sprouted Brown Rice with Beef (healthy one pot meal!)
Instant Pot Sprouted Brown Rice with Beef (healthy one pot meal)
- 2 cups sprouted short brown rice
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 2 pounds chuck roast, cubed and at room temperature
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced
- 4 medium carrots, julienned
- 1 teaspoon sea salt *
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 cups bone broth or water hot
- 6-8 garlic cloves, whole and unpeeled
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 tablespoons butter, separated optional
Rinse rice in a colander. Set aside to fully drain all water.
Press "Saute" on Instant Pot and add avocado oil.
Once the pot registers "hot" on the display screen, add meat and brown on one side.
Stir the meat to release from pot, add sliced onions and carrots and saute for 4-5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
Add the seasonings and coat to stir. Press "cancel" on Instant Pot to stop the saute function.
Add the rinsed rice to pot and give a quick stir. Level the rice, meat, vegetables and seasonings with the back of a wooden spoon.
Carefully pour hot bone broth, not to disrupt the rice.
Tuck garlic cloves, bay leaves and pieces of butter** on top of the rice.
Close lid, set the valve to sealing position. Press "manual" mode and decrease time to 20 minutes.
When cycle is completed, allow to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes followed by quick release the remaining pressure.
Carefully remove the pressure cooker lid. Allow the rice to rest for 20 minutes before stirring and serving.
*Depending on the sodium content of the broth, you may want to add much more than 1 teaspoon of salt but that is a good amount to start with.