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Easy, No-Fail Instant Pot Basmati Rice

A guide for how to cook instant pot basmati rice with tips to make sure your rice is perfect every time.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 5 minutes
Natural Release 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 361kcal
Cost $2/1€


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 pc bay leaf
  • 3 pc cardamom crushed
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp salt


For Unsoaked Rice

  • Rinse the rice until the water becomes clear by straining it and washing with new water.
    The soaked rice in clear water.
  • Strain the rice from the soaking water. Set the Instant pot to the sauté function for 4 minutes. Add the oil and spices.
    Making the flavoured oil in the instant pot.
  • Add the strained rice and stir with a wooden spoon so that the oil coats all of the grains.
    Frying the rice in the flavoured oil.
  • Add the water and salt. Close the lid and set it to the sealing position.
    Set on high pressure for 6 minutes.
    Cooking basmati rice in an instant pot.
  • Naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes. (Leave the instant pot on for 10 minutes after the timer goes off).
  • Immediately release the rest of the pressure manually. Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.
    Serve immediately or keep warm in the instant pot.
    The finished basmati rice in the instant pot.


When a recipe says to "naturally release the pressure" this means - leave the instant pot on and wait. The instant pot will slowly release the pressure by itself.
You must immediately release the pressure after 10 minutes otherwise your rice may end up overcooked.
Recipe inspired by Amy + Jack Pressure Cooker Recipes and Piping hot Curry.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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