Perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice
By :Amy Jacky
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No more uncooked, burnt, or mushy Indian basmati rice. Make Perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice in 25 mins! Easy, no soaking, set it & forget it
Votes: 10
Rating: 3.4
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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 minute
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Indian basmati rice
  • 1 cup 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 minute
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Indian basmati rice
  • 1 cup Water
Votes: 10
Rating: 3.4
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Place 1 cup of basmati rice and 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot. If you’re rinsing the rice, it’ll throw off the rice-to-water ratio. So, be sure to reduce 3 tablespoons of water from the 1 cup of water stated in the recipe dish.
  2. Close lid and pressure cook on manual at High Pressure for 6 minutes. Turn off the heat and do a 10 minutes Natural Release. Release the remaining pressure (if any) and open the lid carefully.
  3. Fluff the rice with the rice spatula or fork, then serve with your favorite main dish, or alone!
  4. Softer Rice: If you enjoy softer rice, increase the liquid amount rather than cooking time.
21 replies
  1. 510Jeff
    510Jeff says:

    Left a layer of rice stuck to bottom of ss ip liner. Wasnt quite right for me – needed probably another min of cook and a bit more water.

  2. Instasal
    Instasal says:

    Hi why are the 2 recipes for cooking basmati rice?

    I just want a quick and easy recipe as how you would cook in a rice cooker

  3. KarenLeah
    KarenLeah says:

    Disregard my previous comment, I posted it to the wrong recipe. Rinsing the rice before cooking, then using a 1 to 1 ratio of rice to water works perfect. I dont reduce my water amount with rinsed rice and it cooks perfectly.

  4. vanzam79
    vanzam79 says:

    Why does it say 25 mins when recepi says 6 mins cooking & 10 mins npr??? Im no mathmagician but isnt that 16 mins? I mean who would cook rice for that long anyway? And in a pressure cooker no less youd expect it to be faster not slower.

  5. JanetEC
    JanetEC says:

    Perfect, but I would add a little more water; it got too dry and stuck to the Instant Pot., even though I sprayed it with spray olive oil.

  6. RobinofFby
    RobinofFby says:

    I’ve been a cook for some 60 years, but I’m a newby with Instant Pot. I’ve long made rice on the stove top in a heavy saucepan. I even used a electric rice cooker for a few years. I’ve never had completely reliable results. I used basmati rice in my first trial of the Instant Pot. By the way, who cooks just one cup of rice at a time? I measured out two cups, because I have not been able to find the actual capacity of the Instant Pot and wanted to be cautious on my first try. I washed the rice first, draining it very well. I put rice in the Pot and added two cups of water minus two tablespoons. The Pot takes five minutes or more to heat up before the pressure cooking goes into effect. That’s when the six minute timed setting starts. So, OK, the hauling the Pot out of the cupboard, measuring, washing and draining the rice, adding the water, setting the timer, etc, plus cooking, does take about 25 minutes. A bit more time than it takes on top of the stove. But, voila!, the rice was perfect! Not mushy, separately nicely when “fluffed”, and did not stick to the pan. I think I could cook at least three cups of rice (dry measure) and perhaps four without overloading the appliance. Now I want to find out how jasmine or other shorter grained rice would turn out. Good luck!

  7. Tina Zayas
    Tina Zayas says:

    This did not work at all. Before it even reached the right temp the burn notice came on and all the rice is stuck to the bottom of the pot. Why didn’t this call for the Rice setting?

  8. Gud2bqueen
    Gud2bqueen says:

    I used 3 cups of basmati rice, rinsed well. I sprayed pot and put a little sesame oil on the bottom.
    Added 3 cups of water minus 3 TB. Added the 3 cups of rice. Followed heating instructions exactly with high pressure in my Instant Pot. Rice came out perfectly. The “rice” program takes longer, hence these instructions. If yours turned out differently you did something wrong.

  9. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    The softness or finished texture is determined by the amount of water and not cooking time. If it was to soft for your preference than too much water was used. Reduce a couple of TBSPs of water. Once you find the right water to rice ratio for your preference, followed each time.

  10. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    The rice setting is only used for parboiled rice. This is a tried and tested recipe, your unit may not have sealed correctly and too much water was evaporated before it could pressurize. Check seal and steam release.

  11. Shazam1609
    Shazam1609 says:

    Why does this recipe call for 6 minutes with half the rice amount, 1 cup when instapots recipe calls for 3 minutes for 2 cups?

    I want to make sure i do it right!

  12. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    The cooking time doesnt change if you increase or decrease the amount of rice. Since pressure cookers cook by thickness of a food item, the size of the rice grain is the same and it uses the same cooking time.

    Larger amounts of rice will take longer to come to pressure though.

  13. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Different recipes can use different cooking time and rest time to achieve the same results. It may have had a longer natural pressure release which would increase the cooking time fo 3 minutes as it still cooks while under pressure.

  14. Ted
    Ted says:

    I like to cook essentials in my instant pot, I typically cook three cups of long grain rice, or four dry cups of pinto beans; or one dozen, jumbo eggs. I really like the boiled eggs which only require three minutes of pressure cooking and three minutes of depressurizing. After sitting in the ice water for five minutes, the shells almost fall off. The rice and beans are stored in containers in the freezer for quick and easy meals.
    I use the rice button on the instant pot for my perfectly cooked rice. My beans with seasonings cook for fifty three minutes and are cooked perfectly every time. I don’t like mushy beans so the cooking time is important.

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