Pressure-Steamed Basmati Rice Pressure Cooker Recipe

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Pressure-Steamed Basmati Rice Pressure Cooker Recipe


Cooker: 5- to 7-quart – Time: 3 minutes at HIGH pressure.:


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1½ tablespoons butter
  • 1 (3-finger) pinch sea salt
  • 1¼ cups spring or filtered water


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 (3-finger) pinches sea salt
  • 2¼ cups spring or filtered water


  1. Place the rice in a fine mesh strainer or bowl and rinse with cold water and drain 2 to 4 times
  2. The first rinse water will be chalky and slightly foamy; continue rinsing until the water runs clear
  3. Spread the wet rice out with your hands on a clean tea towel on the counter
  4. Let air-dry at least 1 hour, until cooking time
  5. In a 5- to 7-quart pressure cooker, melt the butter over medium heat
  6. Add the rice over, stir to coat the grains with the butter, and cook until the grains turn opaque
  7. Add the salt and water
  8. Close and lock the lid
  9. Place a heat diffuser on the burner and the pressure cooker on top
  10. Set the burner heat to high
  11. When the cooker reaches HIGH pressure, reduce the burner heat as low as you can and still maintain HIGH pressure
  12. Set a timer to cook for 3 minutes
  13. Remove the pot from the heat
  14. Open the cooker with the Natural Release method; let stand for 10 minutes
  15. At time, if the pressure is not all released, open the valve
  16. Be careful of the steam as you remove the lid
  17. Fluff the rice with a fork
  18. Spoon out the rice to a serving bowl to serve hot or a storage container
  19. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature until cooled before refrigerating
  20. It is okay if this is a few hours
  21. Basmati Rice with Raisins and Whole Spices: If starting with 1 cup raw rice, in Step 2, add 3 cracked black cardamom pods, 4 whole cloves, 1 cinnamon stick broken in half, 1 small bay leaf, and 2 tablespoon golden raisins along with the rice
  22. If starting with 2 cups, add 6 cloves, a larger bay leaf, and ¼ cup raisins
  23. You don’t need to increase the cinnamon
  24. Proceed as directed.

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