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perfect instant pot white basmati rice

Perfect Instant Pot White Basmati Rice No Soak Method

Perfect, fluffy white basmati rice in instant pot which you can prepare quickly and easily!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Indian
Keyword instant pot basmati rice, instant pot white rice
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
pressure build up and release time 22 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 246kcal


  • 6 quart instant pot



  • Wash the rice very well in water two to three times, discard the water used for rinsing the rice and transfer the washed rice to the instant pot.
  • Also add the water, lemon juice and salt, mix well.
  • Add the oil and stir in.
  • Close the instant pot with lid in sealing position and cook in high pressure for 5 minutes. Once the cooking is done, the pot will beep and you can press the 'keep warm/cancel' button.
  • Do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes and after that, carefully do a gradual manual pressure release.
  • Once the pressure is all released, carefully open the instant pot and gently fluff the rice with a fork (or use a good quality spatula but don't overly mix at this point).
  • Delicious and perfect, fluffy white rice is ready to be served, enjoy with any curry or side dishes you like. Moong dal fry, palak paneer, chana masala, sambar etc are few vegetarian dishes that go great with cooked white rice and which can be easily prepared in the instant pot as well.



As I mentioned earlier in the blog post, if you use a different quantity for rice, the amount of water should be the same amount of rice you take plus ½ cup of water. The time of cooking will remain the same but for more amount of rice, the pot will take more time to come to pressure.
So for 1 cup of water, use 1.5 cups of water
3 cups of water will need 3.5 cups of water for this method.
I didn't test this recipe for higher quantities of rice than three cups and also I do not recommend cooking more amounts in the 6 quart instant pot (up to 3 cups turned out fine in my 6 quart instant pot).
Hope this method helps you to understand the rice to water ratio for cooking white basmati rice in instant pot. Also keep in mind that this recipe is specifically for white basmati rice without soaking (if you soak the rice, probably you will need to cook for less time which I have't tested yet).


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg