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Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Find out how to cook perfect Basmati Rice in the Instant Pot and also the ratio of basmati rice to water to make fluffy and tender rice. This no-soak method requires only water for a quick and easy healthy Indian side dish.
Course:Side Dish
Keywords:basmati rice, Instant Pot recipes, quick
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Pressurizing + release 11 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 3 cups of cooked rice
Calories237 kcal
Cost $ 0.25 per person


  • Instant Pot or pressure cooker


  • 1 cup dried basmati rice For extra long grains, either buy the rice labeled "super long" or soak the rice in water for 10-15 minutes and then wash it well until the water is clear again and drain. Either way, make sure to wash the rice until the water gets clear again in order to remove most of the starch and get loose grains. Otherwise, the grains will be sticky!
  • 1 ¼ cups water This is the amount of water required if you only pre-rinsed the rice. If you pre-soaked it, use just 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp salt Optional but preferred (decrease the amount if you used broth instead of water)
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil Optional but preferred to help grains to NOT clump together). You may use coconut oil or butter instead


  • Add the rice to a bowl and then add enough cold water to cover the rice. Rinse it several times until the water becomes clear. Next, drain the rice!
  • Although not necessary, you may soak the rice in water for 10-15 minutes and then rinse until the water becomes clear. This will give the rice extra grain length.
  • Add rinsed and drained rice to the Instant Pot and pour in the water. You will need 1 ¼ cups of water for every 1 cup of rinsed rice. If you soaked the rice, you will need only 1 cup of water!
  • Stir in the salt and the oil. Although not required, I like to add oil to mine because it will help the grains not clump together!
  • Lock the lid, turn the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. This is for ‘al dente’ rice! Add 1 minute more if you prefer yours super tender. Depending on your model, you may have to either use the manual function or press the rice button and adjust the time manually. It will take around 6 minutes for the pressure cooker to come to pressure.
  • When the cooking time comes to an end, wait for 5 minutes and then do a quick release. Then fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

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Recipe Notes

  • To make the basmati rice on the stovetop instead, use 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of dried rice.
  • Rinse the rice with enough water to cover it until it becomes clear. Drain! Then, bring the water to a boil and stir in the rice, salt, and oil. Cover the pan and reduce to a simmer (medium-low). Let cook for 12-15 minutes or unto al dente. Fluff with a fork and enjoy!
Instant Pot basmati rice will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. Freeze for up to one month, as you can see in our easy freezer meals chart.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 783mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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