Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice

Step-by-Step Guide on how to cook Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice! We did experiments to find the best rice water ratio and cook time to make brown basmati rice in an Instant Pot. Fragrant, nutty, and fluffy basmati brown rice with a satisfying chew. Easy, tasty, and healthy side dish that goes well with many flavorful dishes.

You might have tried brown rice or basmati rice before. But what’s brown basmati rice?

Brown Basmati Rice

Brown Basmati Rice is whole grain basmati rice. It’s a type of long and thin grain of rice that has a unique lovely aroma, nutty taste, and fluffy texture. It’s tasty and nutritious to eat.

Brown basmati rice is most commonly found in Indian and Pakistan cuisines.

Taste & Aroma: nutty, fragrant – it has a distinct pleasant smell that’s similar to white basmati rice – it smells so good~

Texture: light, fluffy, wholesome, distinct kernels – not sticky, mushy, and won’t clump together; can be soft or with a satisfying chew (not hard & chewy); moist but has a drier texture

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Popular Brown Basmati Rice Brands

Brown Basmati Rice vs. White Basmati Rice

Brown basmati rice is less processed than white basmati rice since they only remove the hull from the grain.

They’re both tasty and provide many health benefits. While brown basmati rice provides more fiber and nutrients, white basmati rice is easier to digest.

How to Cook Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice

We experimented with 2 different brands of brown basmati rice to find the best Rice Water Ratio and Cook Time.

Here are the ingredients for cooking brown basmati rice in Instant Pot:

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Soak or No Soak Rice: It’s awesome that you don’t need to soak the rice before cooking brown basmati rice in Instant Pot! With the right rice to water ratio and cook time, it’s quick and easy to cook perfect instant pot brown basmati rice.

Rinse Brown Basmati Rice: After rinsing the rice, make sure you drain it really well to avoid throwing off the Rice Water ratio.

Water vs. Chicken Stock: If you like to add more flavor to your brown basmati rice, you can substitute the water with unsalted chicken stock.

Tools for Brown Basmati Rice

Step 1

Add Brown Basmati Rice in Instant Pot

First, add 1 cup (200g) brown basmati rice in Instant Pot.

Pour 1 cup (250ml) of cold water or unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot.

Give it a few swirls and make sure all the brown basmati rice is fully submerged in the cooking liquid.

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Amy + Jacky’s Tip #1: With the above Rice Water ratio, the brown basmati rice will come out a bit chewy. If you prefer softer fluffier rice, add an extra ¼ cup (63ml) to ½ cup (125ml) of cold water or unsalted chicken stock. The rule is the more liquid you use, the softer the rice.
Amy + Jacky’s Tip #2: We tested two different brands of Brown Basmati Rice. We found that one of the brands needed more liquid than the other brand. If your rice comes out too chewy for your liking, add an extra ¼ cup (63ml) liquid next time.

Step 2

Pressure Cook Brown Basmati Rice

With Venting Knob in Venting Position. Close the lid. Then, turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 18 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes.

pressure cook at high pressure for 18 minutes

After 10 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position.

When the Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.

Step 3

Fluff and Serve Rice

Fluff the brown basmati rice in Instant Pot with a fork or spoon.

Then, taste and season with salt if you like.

Amy + Jacky’s Tips! Keep in mind not to over-season your brown basmati rice because you’ll be serving it with flavorful main dishes.
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Experiment Result with Brand #1
Amy + Jacky’s Rice to Water Ratio Tips! As noted above, different brands of brown basmati rice may need different amounts of water. According to our preferences, this rice-to-water ratio and cook time yield perfect brown basmati rice with the first brand we tested.

So, if your rice comes out too chewy for your liking, add another ¼ cup (63ml) liquid next time.

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Experiment Result with Brand #2

With the same Rice Water Ratio and cook time, Brand #2 we tested comes out chewier compared to Brand #1. So make sure you adjust the rice water ratio according to your brand and texture preferences!

Finally, serve and enjoy the brown basmati rice with your favorite main dish and side dishes.

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What to Serve with Brown Basmati Rice

This aromatic and tasty brown basmati rice is a very versatile side dish. You can serve it with a variety of main dishes and vegetables.

It goes well with saucy, flavorful dishes like curries, stir-fries, and soups. Here are some tasty ideas for you:

  • Chicken: Instant Pot Butter Chicken, Instant Pot Chicken Curry, Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs, Instant Pot Shredded Chicken, Instant Pot Salsa Chicken, Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
  • Pork: Instant Pot Pork Chops, Instant Pot Pork Shoulder, Instant Pot Pork Roast
  • Beef: Instant Pot Pot Roast, Instant Pot Beef Rendang, Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli, Instant Pot HK Beef Curry

You can also add these fluffy and fragrant rice to your salads, soups, and other dishes.

Enjoy your Tasty Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice~

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  • Add Brown Basmati Rice in Instant Pot: Add 1 cup (200g) brown basmati rice in Instant Pot. Pour in 1 cup (250ml) cold water. Give it a few swirls and make sure all the rice is fully submerged in the cooking liquid.

  • Pressure Cook Brown Basmati Rice: Close the lid. Then, turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 18 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position. Open the lid carefully.

  • Fluff and Serve: Fluff brown basmati rice with a fork or spoon. Then, taste and season with salt if you like. Serve and enjoy the rice with your delicious main and side dishes.Amy + Jacky’s Tips! Keep in mind not to over-season your brown basmati rice because you’ll be serving it with flavorful main dishes.
Rinse Brown Basmati Rice: Make sure to drain well after you rinse your rice to avoid throwing off the Rice Water ratio.
Rice Water Ratio: According to our experiments, different brands of brown basmati rice may need different amounts of water. So, make sure you adjust the Rice Water Ratio according to your brand and texture preferences.

  • If your rice comes out too chewy for your liking, add another ¼ cup (63ml) of cold water or unsalted chicken stock next time.

Rice Texture: With the above Rice to Water ratio, the brown basmati rice will come out a bit chewy. The rule is the more liquid you use, the softer the rice.

  • If you prefer softer fluffier rice, add an extra ¼ cup (63ml) to ½ cup (125ml) of cold water or unsalted chicken stock.

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Calories: 82.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.5g | Fiber: 0.5g

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