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Instant Pot Jasmine rice
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5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Jasmine Rice (Assyrian Rice Riza Smooka)

Tender, fluffy red rice with chunks of meat, cooked in an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Natural Release10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Assyrian, Middle Eastern
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 244kcal


  • pressure cooker or Ninja Foodi


  • 1 T. butter
  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 8 oz meat (beef, lamb, venison, or chicken)
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper, onions, mushrooms (optional)
  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. salt


  • Select "saute" on an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker (I used my Ninja Foodi)
  • Add butter and oil and when hot, add the cubed meat (beef, chicken, lamb, or venison). If using the vegetables, add those as well.
  • Saute meat until browned (or approximately 5 minutes).
  • Meanwhile, wash rice to remove as much starch as possible, then drain.
  • Heat 2 cups of water for one minute in a microwave.
  • Stir the tomato paste and salt into the liquid until the tomato paste is dissolved.
  • Add drained rice and tomato-liquid to your Instant Pot and stir to combine.
  • Lock the lid and set vent to "seal."
  • Select "pressure cook" and set the timer to 5 minutes.
  • When the time is up, do a "natural release" for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, "vent the seal" and fluff the rice with a fork.


  • Assyrian red rice usually also includes diced tomato, if you'd like, add one diced tomato to the recipe.
  • Another difference between traditional Riza Smooka and this recipe is that more oil/butter is used. If you'd like, double the amount of butter/oil, but I don't think it needs it.
  • Red rice is usually served with Zalata, and not just on the side, but on top of the rice. The salad dressing soaks into the rice and it's just heavenly!
  • If you want to try another amazing Assyrian rice recipe, be sure to check out my Instant Pot Chicken Biryani recipe!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 719mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g