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Instant Pot Basmati Rice

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At 50 cents a serving, Instant Pot Basmati Rice is a wonderful way to make the perfect rice in less time than the traditional stove top method. We tested both Basmati Brown Rice and Basmati White Rice for rice to water ratio and cooking time. This should get you started with making your own rice in an Instant Pot! I definitely found this method easier than a rice cooker where the rice tended to under or over cook. And the stove top method where the rice tended to stick to the pan and sometimes boil over! Clean up of the Instant Pot was really easy with just using soap and water for the interior pot and wiping down the lid.

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Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Time to Cook Instant Pot Basmati Rice

When making Basmati Brown Rice on the stove top I first soak the rice for 30-minutes, cook for 40-minutes, and let rest for 5-minutes. Total time invested: 75-minutes not including time to bring the water to boil. Instant Pot method is 20-minutes to cook and 10-minutes to naturally release the steam. Total time invested: 30-minutes not including time for the Instant Pot to come to temperature. That is a comparison of 75-minutes down to 30-minutes! And no more worrying if the rice is overcooked or undercooked! Read on for step by step instructions

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Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Ratio of Rice to Water

We tested using Basmati Brown Rice and Basmati White Rice in an Instant Pot IP-Lux. Rice is rinsed prior to cooking in the Instant Pot. 

  • 1:1.25 led to an al dente rice. The rice texture is underdone since it ran out of water during cooking. The texture may be appropriate if adding to another recipe requiring additional cooking time. Or if you like your rice underdone.
  • 1:1.50 led to a perfect, moist rice with no need to pre-soak the rice saving time. 

Making the Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Making Basmati Brown Rice

  1. Rinse: There is no need to soak the rice, but rinse the rice with water to remove excess starch. 
  2. Water: Measure desired amount of water based upon ratio to the rice and desired tenderness of the rice. 
  3. Instant Pot: Place water and rice into the Instant Pot and stir.
  4. Cover: Securely place the cover on the Instant Pot and lock into place. 
  5. Venting Knob: Be sure the Venting Knob is in the Sealing Position.
  6. Cook: Cook on the Multigrain setting for 20-minutes. Once the Instant Pot reaches temperature, it will naturally release some steam. 
  7. Natural Release: Use a natural release for 10-minutes. 
  8. Removing the Lid: As a safety precaution use oven mitts to remove the lid. Remove the lid with the steam going away from your face. 
  9. Fluff the Rice: Add the rice to a serving platter fluffing with a fork. Top with fresh herbs, sauce, or add to your favorite rice dish. 

Making Basmati White Rice

Follow the directions for making Basmati Brown Rice except for the below changes. 

  1. Cook: Cook on the Manual setting for 4-minutes. Once the Instant Pot reaches temperature, it will naturally release some steam. 
  2. Note: I did not use the Rice setting since it defaults to 10-minutes without the ability to adjust the time. 
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Instant Pot Basmati Rice

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Instant Pot Basmati Rice

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At 50 cents a serving, Instant Pot Basmati Rice is a wonderful way to make the perfect rice in less time than the traditional stove top method.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Basmati Rice, Instant Pot Recipes
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Naturally release steam: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
servings
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Bernice
Cost: 50 cents a serving

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Fine Mesh Strainer

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Basmati Brown Rice
  • 1 ½ cup Water

Instructions

  • Measure, rinse and drain the Basmati Brown Rice.
  • Place water and rice into the Instant Pot and stir.
  • Securely place the cover on the Instant Pot and lock into place.
  • Be sure the Venting Knob is in the Sealing Position.
  • Cook on the Multigrain setting for 20-minutes. Once the Instant Pot reaches temperature, it will naturally release some steam.
  • Use a natural release for 10-minutes.
  • As a safety precaution when removing the lid use oven mitts. Remove the lid with the steam away from your face.
  • Add the rice to a serving platter fluffing with a fork. Top with fresh herbs, sauce or add to your favorite rice dish.

Recipe Notes

Calories are approximate based upon serving size and ingredients added to the rice. Cost per serving can vary based upon the price of ingredients.
Note: Time is needed to heat the Instant Pot before it starts to cook. This can be between 10 and 15 minutes depending upon the Instant Pot.
Making Basmati White Rice
Follow the directions for making Basmati Brown Rice except for the below changes.
  • Cook: Cook on the Manual setting for 4-minutes. Once the Instant Pot reaches temperature, it will naturally release some steam.
  • Note: I did not use the Rice setting since it default to 10-minutes without the ability to adjust the time.
Tips
We tested using a Basmati Brown Rice in an Instant Pot IP-Lux. Rice is rinsed prior to cooking in the Instant Pot.
  • 1:1.25 led to an al dente rice. The rice texture is underdone since it ran out of water during cooking.
  • 1:1.50 led to a perfect, moist rice with no need to pre-soak the rice saving time.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Basmati Rice
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 127mg4%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

14 comments

    1. I know right?! All the staples are being sold out. I can find Basmati rice in our local grocery stores. I also purchase online if needed. Right now I am not sure what to post but I suppose people can come back to the recipes when the grocery stores are stocked again.

  1. forgive my ignorance Bernice,but I have never heard of a “Instant Pot” before? A slow cooker and a rice cooker but not a instant pot. How are they different than a slow cooker or pressure cooker for that matter?

    1. Same as a pressure cooker but it can also be a slow cooker and has different settings such as baking a cake. I am looking to use my Instant Pot to replace my pressure cooker, slow cooker and rice cookers. 😀

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