Cooking Basmati Rice in Rice Cooker
or Pressure cooker

Cooking Basmati Rice in the pressure cooker or electric rice cooker is convenient when you want to cook large quantity or when you do not have time to watch it. You may also read How to cook basmati rice on the stove top

Cooking basmati rice in cooker is a simple and easy process. But some care needs to be taken as basmati rice is a delicate long grained rice. The amount of water you add and the time you cook is important to get a perfect rice.

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The ratio of rice to water is generally 1:1/2 when you are using basmati rice.

You may use up to 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice depending on the oldness or the newness of rice.

Using more water will overcook the rice and make it too soft to handle and will break the grain.

Cooking basmati rice in an Electric Rice Cooker

Cooking rice in a rice cooker may be helpful when you need to make rice in large quantity of rice. You also do not need to watch it while it is cooking.

Follow the rice cooker manufacturer's directions.

How to cook basmati rice in Electric Rice Cooker

  1. Put washed and soaked rice and water in the cooker.
  2. Place the lid and switch the cooker on. The cooker will switch off automatically when the rice is done (may take about 20 minutes).
  3. The cooker will turn on again at intervals to keep the rice hot.

Serve hot within an hour or two. If left too long in the rice cooker, the rice may become dry.

Cooking basmati rice in a Pressure Cooker

You may use this pressure cooking method when

  • you need to make rice in large quantity of rice.
  • You want cook other items, such as lentils or vegetables by using separators along with rice.
  • You do not need/want to watch it continuously while the rice is cooking in the pressure cooker.
  • There is no need to mix anything in the rice while it is cooking. You add everything, vegetables or spices etc before you close the cooker.

How to cook basmati rice in pressure cooker

  1. Put washed and soaked rice and water in the cooker. Use 1 1/2 cup water for 1 cup rice.
  2. Place the lid and switch the stove on. when the steam starts coming out from the vent, place the weight.
  3. When the pressure builds up and the whistle goes on, switch the flame off.
  4. Let cool on it's own which may take 10-15 minutes.

Serve hot within an hour or two with curry, lentil curry.


  • Adding a teaspoon of oil or ghee while cooking rice will make the cooked grain shiny and each grain will be separate.
  • You can also add a teaspoonful of lime juice to the rice while cooking. It will also add to taste.

Hope you find these how to cook basmati rice help useful.

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