QuikCurry™ Instant Pot Basmati Rice


QuikCurry™ Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Basmati is an aromatic long-grain rice from Northern India. The word ‘basmati’ literally means fragrant in Hindi. Although widely grown worldwide, the variety from India is unmatched in its flavor and taste. So, look for an Organic version at your local Indian grocery store, if possible.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword basmati, fragrant rice, Indian cuisine, North India, rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • 1 tbsp ghee (or your favorite oil)
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt (or 1/2 tsp of sea salt)
  • 1-1/2 cup Basmati rice
  • 2-1/4 cup clean water



  1. Rinse rice twice in cold water and set aside.
    Rinse the rice twice in clean water
  2. Measure 2-1/4 cups of clean water and set aside.

    Set aside 2.25 cups of clean water


  1. Turn on Instant Pot in Manual mode and set the timer for 4 minutes.
    Set Instant Pot at 4 minutes in Manual mode
  2. Add ghee and let it melt and warm up until you begin to smell its aroma in the air.
  3. Test to see if ghee has reached the working temperature by putting a cumin seed. If the seed sizzles, ghee is warm enough.
    Put a cumin seed to see if it sizzles
  4. Add cumin to the ghee and stir for about 10 seconds which is enough time for you to smell its aroma in the air.
    Put cumin seeds and toast them for 10 seconds
  5. Add the rice and water.

    Add the rice and water
  6. Stir in the salt.

    Stir in the salt
  7. Close the Instant Pot and let it complete its cycle.

  8. After the timer goes off, wait 10 minutes then manually release the pressure.

  9. Scrape the cooked rice from the edge toward the center so the grains remain intact.

    Scrape the cooked rice from the edge toward the center
  10. Serve with your favorite curry side dish, beans, or lentils.

    Serve by itself or lentils and beans

Recipe Notes

Although flavorful by itself, a touch of freshly roasted cumin seed takes the basmati rice to the next level. It’s best enjoyed with beans, lentils or a curry vegetable or meat dish. However, when in a pinch, or wishing to eat something light on a hot summer day, it also pairs well with yogurt or raita.

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