Basmati Rice in an Electric Pressure Cooker

I have a 6 quart Bella Housewares electric pressure cooker. It’s reliable, but not much of a workhorse. Unlike the Instant Pot, which cooks at about 11 psi, the Bella tops out around 9 psi. No big deal–I just add a few extra minutes of cooking time when following recipes designed for the Instant Pot.

In the case of basmati rice, 2 extra minutes (a total of 5 minutes at high pressure in the Bella) does the trick.

This is how I cook basmati rice in my little pressure cooker. And because I care about you and your needs, I’ll also tell you how to cook it in an Instant Pot.

you need: 

1 cup white basmati rice

1 1/4 cups of water or broth

1/2 tablespoon coconut or extra virgin olive oil

pinch of salt

1 garlic clove, minced (you can skip this if you have poor taste)

  1. Put the pressure cooker into Saute mode.
  2. Add oil and garlic at the same time.
  3. When garlic starts turning a light golden brown, add the uncooked rice.
  4. Stir the rice with a wooden spoon frequently for about 2 minutes or until the rice starts to turn translucent. Don’t let it brown or burn!
  5. Add water and pinch of salt.
  6. Cook on manual pressure cooking mode for 5 minutes (under 10 psi) or 3 minutes (Instant Pot – high).
  7. Let the pressure release naturally for a maximum of 10 minutes.
  8. Now you have rice.

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