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.
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)
- Put the pressure cooker into Saute mode.
- Add oil and garlic at the same time.
- When garlic starts turning a light golden brown, add the uncooked rice.
- 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!
- Add water and pinch of salt.
- Cook on manual pressure cooking mode for 5 minutes (under 10 psi) or 3 minutes (Instant Pot – high).
- Let the pressure release naturally for a maximum of 10 minutes.
- Now you have rice.