This easy Instant Pot Basmati Rice is a seasoned rice recipe made with fragrant cloves, cardamom, and bay leaves, made in under 15 minutes!

easy Instant Pot Basmati Rice with clovesInstant Pot Basmati Rice

Instant Pot Basmati Rice is a delicious seasoned rice dish flavored with rich, warm, spices. It is an Indian-inspired rice that is super easy to make in your Instant Pot. In under 15 minutes you have fluffy, spiced rice that pairs perfectly with some Instant Pot Butter Chicken!

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Instant Pot Basmati Rice & Butter Chicken

What You Will Need to Make Instant Pot Basmati Rice:

  • Basmati Rice – Basmati rice is a type of long grain rice from India. It has a nutty flavor and a slightly floral smell similar to jasmine rice which is commonly used in Asian cooking.
  • Spices – My basmati rice is flavored with cloves, whole cardamom pods, and bay leaves. I little goes a long way so you only need a few of each for this recipe.
  • Instant Pot – You can use an Instant Pot or any similar electric pressure cooker for this recipe.

How Do You Cook Basmati Rice in an Instant Pot?

  1. Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE and add the butter (or ghee if you have it!) along with the spices. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the spices are fragrant.
  2. Add the rice, water, and salt to the pot and lock the lid in place.
  3. Set it to HIGH pressure for 4 minutes.
  4. After 4 minutes press CANCEL and let the Instant Pot do a natural release for 5 minutes.
  5. Unlock the lid, remove the bay leaves, cardamon, and cloves, and serve.

How Long Do You Cook Rice in the Instant Pot?

Rice doesn’t require much time in the Instant Pot. I cooked my basmati rice on HIGH pressure for 4 minutes and let it do a 5 minute natural release.

Indian Instant Pot Basmati Rice

What to Serve with Instant Pot Basmati Rice:

This seasoned basmati rice is delicious and could go with a wide range of dishes. It uses spices commonly used in Indian cooking so I would recommend:

INSTANT POT BASMATI RICE
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Servings: 2
Cook Time: 11 mins

Instant Pot Basmati Rice

This easy Instant Pot Basmati Rice is a seasoned rice recipe made with fragrant cloves, cardamom, and bay leaves, made in under 15 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 ¼ cup Water
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Butter or Ghee
  • 5 Whole cloves
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2 Green cardamom pods

Instructions

  • Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE and add the butter (or ghee) and spices. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the spices are fragrant. Press CANCEL to stop sauteing.
  • Add the rice, water, and salt to the pot and lock the lid in place.
  • Set it to HIGH pressure for 4 minutes.
  • After 4 minutes press CANCEL and let the Instant Pot do a natural release for 5 minutes.
  • Unlock the lid, remove the bay leaves, cardamon, and cloves, and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup (cooked), Calories: 395kcal, Carbohydrates: 75g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 645mg, Potassium: 128mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 175IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot dinner recipes, instant pot recipe, instant pot rice