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How to Make Brown Basmati Rice in Instant Pot

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Time to get those perfectly fluffy, long grains in minutes! Here’s how to make brown Basmati rice in Instant Pot

I don’t know about you, but I always prefer cooking rice in my Instant Pot. It really takes out the headache of cooking the rice to just the right amount. I recently found out a hidden gem in the world of rice- brown Basmati rice. 

So here’s everything I did when it comes to cooking my brown Basmati rice in Instant Pot. 

brown basmati rice in bowl

Is Brown Basmati Rice the Same as Brown Rice?

Brown Basmati rice is actually a kind of brown rice. It is obviously different from your regular white Basmati rice when it comes to nutritive value, and has been found to contain more zinc, fiber, phosphorous, and B vitamins. To top that, it also has a significantly lower glycemic index. 

The Ideal Water Ration When Cooking Basmati Rice in Instant Pot

The rice to water ratio is absolutely crucial when it comes to cooking rice and having it achieve that perfect texture and level of cookedness. To cook brown Basmati rice the right way, you’ll first need to wash the rice thoroughly, drain it, and then combine one cup of rice with two cups of water in a pot. Seasoning the rice with some salt is always a great idea. 

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Should I Soak the Brown Basmati Rice?

Soaking the brown Basmati rice is not essential, but is definitely recommended. You can choose to soak the rice for 30 minutes to even 3-4 hours or more if you feel like it. Soaking helps the grains of the rice absorb water, and it can actually cause your rice to cook quicker because the liquid enters the grains even before it starts to heat up. 

It is believed that soaking rice in lukewarm water for around 30 minutes can cut down its cooking time by 20%. 

How Do I Make the Rice More Fluffy?

You may have come across a lot of tips and tricks for this one, but the best way to do it is to have the right water and rice ratio. If you think you’ve added more water than needed, and suspect your rice has cooked, but still has some water left, drain out the excess water and let the rice stay in the strainer for 3-5 minutes and allow it to cool down. 

Serving Ideas & Suggestions

There’s actually so much more to Basmati rice than just biryani! You can actually make brown Basmati rice in Instant Pot and pair it up with a ton of other foods. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 

  • The rice tastes great when teamed up with the humble butter chicken
  • If you’re a vegetarian, you can totally pair the brown Basmati rice with some comforting vegetable curry
  • And since we’re already talking about curries, you can, of course, team it up with your basic chicken curry
  • Looking for a quick low-fuss meal to whip up around your brown Basmati rice? You can try out this easy vegetable pilaf recipe. 

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Yield: 4 servings

Brown Basmati Rice in Instant Pot

brown basmati rice

Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice is a healthy easy recipe to make in your pressure cooker. Perfect as a dinner side dish or part of a full meal, you'll love how quickly this recipe preps.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


  1. Rinse the rice using a mesh colander.
  2. Add rice, water, oil and salt to the inner pot of your pressure cooker.
  3. Close the lid and set the pressure valve to sealing.
  4. Set for a high pressure cooking time of 22 minutes.
  5. When the cooking time finishes, do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before releasing any remaining pressure.
  6. Fluff rice with a rice paddle or fork and then serve.


Rice not cooked well?

It may happen that your first-time basmati rice has not been perfect. The 4 most common problems can be:

  1. It burned or stuck to the pot: you could have put less water in it than indicated, the fire in your kitchen was too strong, or you got distracted. It could also be the pot, if it was old or of poor quality, this will happen. Putting too little oil on it can make it stick too.
  2. It was a lumpy mass: too much water, you did not put oil or both.
  3. It was hard: you removed it from the heat early.
  4. It's tasteless: you didn't put any salt in it.

The solution for each of these problems is very simple, and surely, the next time you prepare it, it will be just as you want.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 81Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 400mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 1g

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Sunday 5th of December 2021

Above, you state how important the water to rice ratio is to making basmati rice. You say 2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice. Yet, in your recipe, you call for 1 cup of rice and 1 1/4 cup of water. So which is correct?

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