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Basmati Rice Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
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Basmati Rice - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Perfectly cooked Indian Basmati rice made in an instant pot or pressure cooker.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: instant pot, perfect, pressure cooker
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegan
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Servings: 2
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Meeta Arora



  • Wash basmati rice until the water runs clear. If soaking, soak the rice in excess water for 1 hour. After the soaking time is done, rinse the rice.
  • Add the water and rice to the instant pot. If using, add the ghee and salt. Start the instant pot in manual or pressure cook mode for 4 minutes at high pressure with vent in sealing position.
  • When the instant pot beeps, do 5 minutes natural pressure release, which means release the pressure manually 5 minutes after the instant pot beeps.
  • Fluff the rice with a ladle or fork. Let them stand for 5 more minutes.
  • Rice is ready to be served with your favorite curry.


  • I add 1:1 rice to water ratio in this recipe as I soaked the rice.  You could change the rice to water ratio to 1:1.25 if not soaking the rice.  
  • If you like very soft rice, then you can increase the water to 1.5 cups for 1 cup of rice. 
  • This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Programmable Pressure Cooker.


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.7mg