Perfect Basmati Rice
By :HipPressureCooking
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Votes: 30
Rating: 4.27
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Rice & Pastas
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Rice
Prep Time 1 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Rice & Pastas
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Rice
Prep Time 1 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
Votes: 30
Rating: 4.27
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice in a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Tap the rice into the Instant Pot, being careful to remove any stray grains from the top edge of the inner pot.
  3. Pour in the water and mix.
  4. Close the lid, set the valve to "sealing" on the lid, and choose the Manual Program, adjust the pressure cooking time to 3 minutes at high pressure.
  5. When time is up, open the Instant pot using the 10-minute Natural Pressure Release.
22 replies
  1. Gulabani
    Gulabani says:

    There are two recipes to cook rice. One requires soaking for 15 minutes and another one doesn’t. Neither one uses the rice button that’s right there.

  2. kgrace
    kgrace says:

    I feel there needs to be some olive oil in it- i usually bake my rice(and usually takes 30mins to make) and its moist.This is a little dry. Its not bad

  3. Jordi
    Jordi says:

    Just as I suspected. Far too much water to rice ratio. Not sure if it should be cooked longer or use less water as I am not experienced enough using an Instant Pot but my experience using a steamer method was enough to know. This recipe gets a fail from me.

  4. Donna-Maria
    Donna-Maria says:

    Had to halve the recipe. Made it on two occasions so far with 1 cup rice and 1.25 cups water. Turned out perfect both times.

  5. cryptoman
    cryptoman says:

    You need to put less water. 1:1 ratio works well. 1:1.25 is too soggy. Also, season the rice a bit for flavor. Otherwise it comes out bland.

  6. House Pot
    House Pot says:

    I used 1 cup broth from a pot roast and 1 cup water added to 2 cups rice. Followed the directions exactly as far as cooking. It was perfect!

  7. Ribulah
    Ribulah says:

    Tried this recipe and the rice was still crunchy. None of the “manual” setting recipes work on my instant pot. I have the lux version. For basmati I need to cook it for at least 30 minutes either on the rice or the manual setting. I want to use my instant pot more but it makes me sad.

  8. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Ribulah,

    The rice button is only for white or parboiled rice. If the rice was still crunchy it is usually due to not enough water. Always ensure to cook more than one cup of rice.

    A cooking time of 30 minutes not including preheating is long. Please ensure that the steam release is turned to sealing and that there is no steam escaping. If you continue to have trouble with your Instant Pot, join our community.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/InstantPotCommunity/
    If that doesn’t help please reach out to our Customer Care Team.
    https://support.instantpot.com/

  9. Ebartschat
    Ebartschat says:

    This recipe was so easy to make. It was so good made it twice in one week. Made it with both skinless boneless thighs and skinless breast both were great.

  10. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi rinah.jhajj,

    The rice button is automatic and cooks ONLY white or parboiled rice. For any other type of grain use multigrain, or manual/pressure cook program.

  11. Essy1957
    Essy1957 says:

    I have the rice setting. I follow the recipe for ingredients and the rice is perfect! For a change I use chicken broth and add chopped cilantro to rice when ready to serve.

  12. Gerti Girl
    Gerti Girl says:

    Did only one cup of rinsed rice with one cup of water in my 3 quart ultra. 3 minutes on high 10-minute natural release and rice was perfect.

  13. Madhu
    Madhu says:

    I want to cook 4 cups basmati rice in insta spot … not sure how long do I need to keep pressure cook mode, for one or two cups I used to keep for 8 to 10 mins , is it the same time do I need to use ?

  14. Courtenay Sutton
    Courtenay Sutton says:

    Ive made this using the 2:2 ratio always turns out perfect on high pressure for 4 mins with keep warm on and 10 min natural release.

  15. Fohoizey
    Fohoizey says:

    I did exactly this at noon and it has been horrible
    2 cups of premium basmati rice and 2,5 cups of water
    4 min high pressure
    Zen i have switched to keep warm without doing anything else
    After 10 min i put on “venting”
    At the opening, rice was totally overcooked

    What am i doing wrong?

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