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How to cook Basmati Rice in the Instant Pot

2 Ways - Pot in Pot Method and Main Pot Method
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 253kcal


  • cups basmati rice
  • 3 cups water see notes recipe instructions if cooking directly in the main pot
  • teaspoon kosher salt


Pot in Pot Method

  • Pot in Pot rice method works best when you are using less than 2 cups of rice. Rinse the rice well and drain all the water out
  • Use 1 to 1½ rice to water ratio, and add salt (optional)
  • Pressure cook time for Pot in Pot method using white Basmati Rice is 5 minutes, followed by a 5 minutes natural pressure release

Main Pot Method

  • This method works best when you have more than 1½ cups of rice
  • For exactly 1½ cups of rice, use 1:2 rice to water ratio, add 1 teaspoon of salt per cup
  • For more than 2 cups of Rice, use 1:1 rice to water ratio, add 1 teaspoon of salt per cup
  • Pressure cook on Low pressure mode for 5 minutes followed by quick release. The LO pressure cook mode, allows the rice to soak a little bit as it slowly builds the pressure resulting in long fluffy grains of cooked rice. If you do not have the LO Pressure option on your Instant Pot, simply cook on HI pressure instead



  1. Basmati Rice does not need soaking to make plain rice. Please do NOT over soak, simply rinse well and drain
  2. Once you open the Instant Pot lid, transfer the inner pot to a trivet on your counter. This stops the rice from cooking further and helps prevent the rice from getting mushy
  3. If the rice looks uncooked, simply put the inside insert back in, close the Instant Pot and allow the rice to sit for 5 minutes. The remnant heat will further cook the rice.
  4. Do not mix the rice when it's steaming hot, this will start breaking the long grains. Allow the rice to cool a bit and then gently fluff up using a silicone spatula
  5. As the excess steam evaporates from the rice and the rice cools, it will get drier
  6. Gently run a soft silicone spatula on the sides of the pot and serve
  7. If you are making rice ahead for a party, simply allow the rice to cool. You can even take it out in a large tray, cool it down, feel free to use your hands to separate the grains gently. If the grain seems sticky simply wet your hands with cold water and it will allow separating the grains. Reheat in the microwave, oven, or chaffing dish when ready to serve


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 594mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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