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Perfect Basmati Rice in the Rice Cooker

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Learn how to make perfect Basmati Rice in the Rice Cooker (Indian/Pakistani style).
Cuisine Asian, Indian, Pakistani
Diet Gluten Free, Halal, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword basmati rice in a rice cooker
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 200



  • Optional - Wash the rice to remove excess starch and use a colander to drain well.
  • Add the rice, water, oil, and salt to the rice cooker and stir to combine.
  • Choose Normal (Regular/Sushi) Rice setting. For Brown rice, select Brown Rice Setting.
  • Once finished cooking, fluff with a rice spatula/paddle and remove promptly to prevent the rice from getting mushy toward the bottom of the cooker.



*Water quantity depends on the type of rice you have.
White Basmati Rice: If you use aged, long grain basmati rice made in India or Pakistan, you'll need 2 cups of water per 1 cup of rice. If you're using American or newly-harvested basmati rice, try reducing the amount of water to 1 3/4 cups.
Brown Basmati Rice: If you're using Indian or Pakistani grown brown basmati rice, increase the water ratio to 1 cup rice to 2 1/2 cups water. If you're using new, American-grown brown basmati rice, use 1 cup rice to 2 cups water. 



Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg