One of the reasons to love the instant pot is perfectly cooked rice. Being a north indian, I prefer white basmati rice over any other variety of rice. You don’t need to keep that extra rice cooker anymore and can free the counter space. Try this perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice.

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What is Basmati Rice?

Basmati is a variety of long, slender-grained aromatic rice from the Indian subcontinent. This variety has gotten very popular all over the world, with India and Pakistan being the largest exporters of this rice.

How to cook perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice?

Cooking rice needs perfection on the amount of water and time. With this recipe, you can make perfectly cooked basmati rice. Just soak the rice, 4 minutes manual in the instant pot and 5 minutes natural pressure release. Sounds actually is!

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I like to have rice al dente, and separate. I don’t like sticky or mushy rice. That said, everyone has different preferences for rice, so feel free to adjust the recipe to your taste.

I soaked the rice for about an hour and used a rice to water ratio of 1:1. Soaking for 15-20 minutes or not soaking them works too. Although researchers say that soaking rice overnight helps reduce toxins by 80%. If you have the time, soak them and rinse before cooking. That said, there have been times when I have forgotten to soak the rice, they still come out great. If you end up not soaking the rice, then you can increase the rice to water ratio to 1:1.25 cup.

Traditionally cooked basmati rice in a saucepan needs double the water amount than the rice. However in the instant pot, less water is enough to get perfectly cooked rice.

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Main things to remember for perfect Basmati Rice

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Enjoy this perfect basmati rice with any Indian curry such as Chole Masala, Chicken Curry and Dal Makhani. This recipe works perfectly if cooking rice in the main pot.

If you are doing pot-in-pot (PIP), then you need to cook for additional time. Check out the pot-in-pot rice recipe.

Basmati Rice Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Try out the basmati rice and let me know if this works for you. A simple variation of basmati rice is Jeera or Cumin rice.

Want to make Brown Rice in the Instant Pot? Check out the recipe here.

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