No more uncooked, burnt, or mushy Indian basmati rice. Make Perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice in 25 minutes! No soaking, half the cooking time. No need to tend the pot, just set it and forget it. Oh, YES!

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After conducting 2 rice experiments with Instant Pot Rice and Instant Pot Brown Rice, readers have been asking us about cooking Basmati Rice in pressure cooker.

What is Basmati Rice?

Basmati rice is a popular long grained rice traditionally from the Indian subcontinent. They’re extremely aromatic with a light nutty flavor.

What we look for in Perfect Basmati Rice?

As we often mentioned, everyone has different preferences over the same dish. For us, we love al dente and fragrant rice. So, our perfect basmati rice have to be:

  • Al dente
  • Long
  • Separate (not sticky or broken)
  • Fluffy (but not soft or mushy)
  • Just enough moisture
  • Aromatic, Fragrant
  • Full of nutty flavors

How to make Perfect Basmati Rice?

There are many discussions around the best way to make perfect Basmati Rice. Besides using a high quality basmati rice, the most important factors for making amazing basmati rice:

  • Soaking
  • Rinsing
  • Water-to-rice ratio
  • Cooking method
  • Cooking time

So time for another little experiment to find the Perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice!! 😀

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.

Ingredients for Perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice

  • 1 cup (210 grams) Indian basmati rice
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water

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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.

Perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice Experiment 

We conducted 5 tests with Indian basmati rice using different amounts of liquid, cooking time, and pressure release methods in our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker. Find the full experiment details and results below the recipe. 🙂

 Perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice Recipe Experiment Detailed and Results Chart

Since we’re al dente fans, our perfect Indian basmati rice is Test 3’s results – fully cooked, firm with a bite, yet has a tint of softness. But if you prefer softer basmati rice, follow Test 5’s ratios and pressure cooking methods.

  • Softer Rice: If you enjoy softer rice, increase the liquid amount rather than cooking time.
  • Rinsing the Rice: 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.

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Perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice
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.
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Rice, Side Dish, Super Easy
Cuisine: Indian  
  Prep:  |  Cook:  |  Total:
  Serving: 2
  Rated 5.0/5 from 7 reviews
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (210 grams) Indian basmati rice
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
Instructions
  1. Pressure Cook the Basmati Rice: Place 1 cup (210 g) of basmati rice and 1 cup (250 ml) of water into the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 6 minutes (Please see experiment chart to find your preferred texture). Turn off the heat and do a 10 minutes Natural Release. Release the remaining pressure (if any) and open the lid carefully.
  2. Serve: Fluff the rice with the rice spatula or fork, then serve with your favorite main dish. 🙂

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Notes
Rinsing rice: After rinsing the rice before cooking, be sure to drain well and ensure the water-to-rice ratio is accurate. (Roughly reduce 3 tablespoons from the 1 cup of water)


Nutrition Information
Serving size: 211 g Calories: 338 Fat: 0.6g Carbohydrates: 74g Sodium: 8mg Protein: 6.6g Cholesterol: 0mg

Perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice Experiment

We tested 5 batches of Indian Basmati Rice using different amount of rice, liquid, and cooking method & time. Here are the results!

Instant Pot Basmati Rice Test 1

  • Basmati Rice: 230 grams of Indian basmati rice
  • Liquid: 1 cup (250 ml) of water
  • Cooking Method & Time: High Pressure for 4 minutes +  10 minutes Natural Release
  • Result: rice is undercooked – texture is slightly hard and chewy

Instant Pot Basmati Rice Test 2

  • Basmati Rice: 1 cup (210 grams) of Indian basmati rice
  • Liquid: 1 cup (250 ml) of water
  • Cooking Method & Time: High Pressure for 4 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release
  • Result: rice is undercooked – texture is still slightly hard and chewy

Instant Pot Basmati Rice Test 3*

  • Basmati Rice: 1 cup (210 grams) of Indian basmati rice
  • Liquid: 1 cup (250 ml) of water
  • Cooking Method & Time: High Pressure for 6 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release
  • Result: fully cooked, al dente (firm, slightly soft and not chewy)

Instant Pot Basmati Rice Test 4

  • Basmati Rice: 1 cup (210 grams) of Indian basmati rice
  • Liquid: 1 cup (250 ml) of water
  • Cooking Method & Time: High Pressure for 10 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release
  • Result: similar result as Test 3 (increasing cooking time at this point didn’t seem to make a difference in texture, like our brown rice experiment)

Instant Pot Basmati Rice Test 5*

  • Basmati Rice: 1 cup (210 grams) of Indian basmati rice
  • Liquid: 1 1/4 cup of water
  • Cooking Method & Time: High Pressure for 5 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release
  • Result: more moist and slightly softer & fluffier than Test 3 or 4’s results
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.

Last update on 2017-09-19 based on Amazon US | Images from Amazon Product API

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