Wash the rice grain thoroughly 3-4 times until the water runs clear.You can make rice in Instant Pot or on the stove top. I am using Basmati rice.
Instant Pot : 1) Start the pot on Sauté mode and once hot, add oil followed by washed and drained rice, 1.25 cups water and salt. Mix well. 2) Close the Iid and press manual or pressure cook mode for 5 mins. Followed by quick release. Fluff with the fork before using.
Stove top - 1 ) Heat a heavy bottom sauce pan on medium heat. Add oil followed by washed and drained rice, 2 cups water and salt. 2 ) Let it come to boil. Reduce the flame or heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes till water is absorbed. Rice morsel should be tender. Check in between if more water is required. Once done, switch off the flame and let it sit covered for 5 mins.
To Make Cilantro Lime rice :
Make plain rice using one of the above methods. Let it cool down for 30 minutes. Add finely chopped cilantro, salt, crushed black pepper and lime juice. Using a fork mix everything well.
To Make Beans : Black and Pinto beans
Instant Pot Method :Place 1 cup washed beans , 2.5 cups water, 1 small onion, couple cloves of garlic, 1 bay leaf in Instant Pot. Choose Pressure Cook or Manual for 30 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally. Add salt, pepper and ground cumin. Your beans are ready to serve.
Stove top: Place 1 cup washed beans , 2-3 cups water, 1 small onion, couple cloves of garlic, 1 bay leaf in a heavy bottom sauce pot. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 30 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and ground cumin.
* For a quick fix, use canned beans. Drain the liquid and rinse them well. Season them with salt, pepper and ground cumin.