Instant Pot Sticky Rice | Ambemohar Rice in the Instant Pot (आंबेमोहर भात)

How to Cook Ambemohar Rice in the Instant Pot

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          Ambemohar rice is a fragrant rice variant grown in the state of Maharashtra in India. It is popular for its quick-cooking and its mango blossom aroma when cooked. It is also short-grained and easy to digest. This traditional Maharashtrian rice preparation is an amazing mix of flavors and texture. Perfect to serve as a one-pot Vegetarian dinner! Proper comfort food and a gluten-free vegetarian meal that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.

Many of you enjoyed our Jeera Rice, Turmeric Rice, Chicken Biryani, Veg Pulao, and many more Rice experiments, and have requested our Instant Pot Sticky Rice Recipe. So here we are with the foolproof recipe. The Water to Rice Ratio is the Key to get Perfect Rice. I grew up eating Ambemohar Rice. Sticky and soft Ambemohar Rice, Varan(Dal/Lentils curry), and Tup(Ghee) are my favorite combo ever!

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Wonderfully versatile and flavorsome Ambemohar rice is filled with nutrients, energy, and essential vitamins. If you are a rice lover and don’t mind experimenting with various fragrant varieties of grain in your daily meals, this rice is a must-have. It blends extremely well with Maharashtrian-style curries. Also, it is an excellent option for preparing Indian rice desserts like Rice Kheer, Narali Bhat, and Phirni. 

Why is it called Ambemohar Rice?

Ambemohar is a Marathi word. The name is derived from the Marathi language where ‘Ambe’ means ‘Mango’ and 'Mohar’ means ‘Blossoms’. The rice has a strong aroma reminiscent of mango blossoms. The rice has been cultivated in the region for a long time. Rice made from this is typically sticky, fragrant, and compliments Indian veg, non-veg curries, or dal (lentil soup). My most favorite combination is Varan-Bhat-Tup (Lentils-Ambemohar Rice-Ghee). The rice has been used for making soft Idli and crispy dosa. It is also used for making puffed rice called Murmure in the Marathi language.

Why do we love this Instant Pot Ambemohor/Sticky Rice? Because-

  • Every time you get evenly cooked rice
  • Remain intact & separated(not mushy)
  • Tender yet sticky
  • Flavorful & fragrant

Why does Ambemohar Rice become moist and sticky after cooking?

  • By nature itself, this variety of rice is a little sticky in nature. Based on how old the rice is, you may want to adjust the amount of water used for cooking and increase or decrease its stickiness.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes; Cooking Time: 15 Minutes.
Ambemohar Rice Contains 368 Calories.


  • Ambemohar Rice 1 Cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Water 3 Cups


  • Rinse the Ambemohar Rice under the tap water until the water runs clear.
  • Add Ambemohar rice, 3 cups of water, and salt to the pan.
  • Turn on the instant pot and pour 2 cups of water into the insert of the instant pot.
  • Place the rice pan with a trivet(PIP Method) and close the lid of the instant pot.
  • Place the vent in the sealing position.
  • Cook on Manual Mode(Hi) for 6 minutes and NPR(Natural Pressure Release)for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure manually.
  • Flavorsome, evenly cooked, sticky rice is ready to serve, serve it with any curry of choice. 
  • It tastes best with Varan/Dal Tadka. Enjoy!!!

We love Instant Pot Ambemohar Rice, Because-

  • It is a Gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and Vegan recipe.
  • Ready in less than 15 Minutes.
  • It is the perfect side to Dals(Lentils), and Curries.
  • It is easy to make and so flavorful.
  • It is the perfect, sticky Maharashtrian-style Ambemohor rice.

What can you cook with Ambemohar Rice? 

To Make Rice Softer: Put a little more water and it will become softer. 

Health Benefits of Ambemohar Rice:

  • It is a rich source of energy and essential vitamins.
  • Ambemohar rice is used to prepare a thick soup of rice and milk called ‘Bhatachi Pej’ mainly for children, elderly people, and patients.
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Helps in regulating and lowering blood pressure
  • Good for digestion
  • Has a mango fragrance
  • Low sodium
  • High soluble fiber
  • Contains good natural oils
  • Low Glycemic index.
Good Time To Eat:

           It is good to eat an Ambemohar Rice for lunch or dinner.

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