Basmati Rice in InstaPot

As I am cooking a variant of an Indian dish this night. But it seems my sous chef is not feeling well, so I will also need to assume to role rice washer and cooker.

I’ll use a Basmati rice for this, wash EXTREMELY well, and thence take for a spin in my InstaPot. I’ll be going for a soft rice, so if you prefer your rice less soft, either do not rice or reduce the amount of liquid. (reduce by ~ 6 tbsp for 2 cups of rice)

From Wikipedia:

Basmati is a variety of long, slender-grained aromatic rice which is traditionally from the Indian subcontinent. As of 2014, India exported 65% of the overseas basmati rice market, while Pakistan accounted for the remainder, according to the Indian state-run Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority. However, many countries use domestically grown basmati rice crops.

Whilst many ways of cooking rice are touted, boiling, steaming, etc. I do not have the time. One might say the pressure is on. Thence this will be a pressure cooked side dish.

Basmati Rice in InstaPot

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 420 grams basmati rice rinsed until the water runs clear
  • 600 ml water or unsalted veggie stock


  • In a strainer, rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. DRAIN WELL
  • Add the rice and water to the instapot
  • Close lid and pressure cook on manual at High Pressure for 6 minutes. Turn off the heat and do 10 minutes Natural Release. Release the remaining pressure and open the lid carefully.
  • Fluff the rice and serve


One can use veggie stock in place of the water
If one adds 1 1/2 tbsp of lime juice to the cooking mixture, cooks as per the above instructions, thence adds 1/2 cup of fresh chopped cilantro,  1 1/2 tbsp additional lime juice and the zest of one lime, one  can create a very passable cilantro rice dish.
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  Filed under: Indian, InstaPot, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian

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