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.
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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.
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.