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A bowl of brown basmati rice with uncooked rice and ground turmeric in the background

Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice Recipe

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  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x


Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice. Looking for a healthy side dish, especially for a curry or dal, ready in about a half an hour? Pressure cook a pot of brown rice. 


  • 2 cups brown basmati rice (Or long grain brown rice)
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or ghee, optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric (optional)


  1. Rice in the pot: Stir the rice, water, salt, and (optional) butter into an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker.
  2. Pressure cook the rice for 20 minutes with a Natural Release: Lock the lid and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes in an Instant Pot or other electric PC (“Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot), or for 16 minutes in a stovetop PC. Let the pressure come down naturally, about 15 minutes (If you're in a hurry, you can quick release any remaining pressure after 10 minutes).
  3. Yellow a handful of rice (optional): In a small bowl, Stir the ¼ teaspoon of ground turmeric in 2 tablespoons of water until it dissolves. Add ¼ cup of the cooked rice to the bowl, toss to coat with the turmeric water, and let it sit for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, to absorb the color.
  4. Serve: Fluff the rice with a fork, stir in the yellowed rice, and serve. Enjoy!


Make sure you get fresh brown basmati rice - the bran and wheat germ give it health benefits over white rice, but also contain oils that go rancid after about 6 months in the pantry. Try to get your rice from a store with a lot of turnover - I pick mine up from local health food stores or Indian specialty groceries - and get it in smaller quantities. (I know that big bag of rice looks like a deal, but it's not if I have to throw most of it away.) If you need to extend the shelf life, store uncooked brown rice in the fridge or freezer, which gives it about a year before it starts to turn.


6 quart or larger pressure cooker (I love my Instant Pot 6-Quart Pressure Cooker)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Indian