Matta Rice/ Chemba Rice Recipe-Pressure Cooker Method

Matta Rice also called as Chemba Rice, Kerala Red rice, or Red parboiled rice and is a healthier rice variety than white rice which is widely eaten in South India and Sri Lanka. Try this Pressure Cooker Matta Rice Recipe which is simple to make and it goes well with any curry of your choice, vegetarian or non vegetarian.

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Matta Rice/ Chemba Rice Recipe-Pressure Cooker Method
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Traditionally Matta Rice is soaked and cooked in lots of water and then the excess water is drained. Traditional method can take a long time to cook and hence I have given this Pressure Cooker method which is much quicker.

Matta Rice or Red Rice is different from Brown Rice and is a healthier option than White Rice. White Rice contains no fiber but Matta Rice contains fiber and also has other nutrients like magnesium and one gram of calcium. It also contains vitamins like Vitamin A and Vitamin B. Matta Rice helps in controlling blood sugar and blood lipids. Matta Rice is used in a variety of dishes in India and Sri Lanka and its earthy flavours goes well with curries.

Serve Matta rice with Mixed Vegetable SambarCabbage Thoran/Poriyal and Spicy Lime Pickle for a vegetarian option or you can serve it with Kerala style Fish Curry for a non vegetarian option.

If you are looking for more Matta Rice Recipes, here are some that you can make for your Lunch 

  1. Matta Rice Peas Pulao Recipe
  2. Kerala Matta Rice Puttu Recipe
  3. Thai Green Curry with Chicken & Red Rice Recipe

Cuisine: Kerala Recipes
Course: Lunch
Diet: Diabetic Friendly
Prep in

30 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

70 M


4 Servings


  • 1 cup Red matta rice
  • 3-1/2 cups Water
  • Salt , (if required)

How to make Matta Rice/ Chemba Rice Recipe-Pressure Cooker Method

  1. To begin making the Matta Rice first wash the rice in a saucepan three times and soak the rice in water for half an hour.

  2. Drain the soaked rice and transfer it to a pressure cooker. 

  3. Add 3 cups of water in the pan of the pressure cooker, cover and place the weight on.

  4. Cook the matta rice in the pressure cooker on medium high heat for 3 to 4 whistles; after the 3 to 4 whistles turn the heat to low. Pressure cook the rice for another 5 to 8 minutes and turn off the heat.

  5. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Wait for the pressure to release completely and then open the cooker.

  6. The Matta rice takes a little longer to cook than the traditional rice and hence the cooking time is much longer. 

  7. Serve Matta rice with Mixed Vegetable SambarCabbage Thoran/Poriyal and Spicy Lime Pickle for a vegetarian option or you can serve it with Kerala style Fish Curry for a non vegetarian option.