I start by rinsing the rice 2-3 times, until water runs clear. Then, I soak the rice (skip for jasmine) in about 2 cups of water, for 10-15 minute (this varies among different brands and length of long grain rice). Rinse again after soaking to remove the excess starch.
Pressure Cook one of Two ways
Turn on the Instant pot. Add rinsed rice, water, salt and oil. Close lid and set to sealing mode. Pressure cook for 6 mins at high pressure on Pressure cook or Manual mode. Alternatively, you can press the 'RICE' mode, which cooks at Low pressure, for 12 mins.
Assemble the soaked and rinsed rice, water and seasoning in an oven safe bowl that fits easily in your Instant Pot. Depending on the size of your pot, add 1-2 cups of water in the inner pot. Place a trivet. Place rice bowl on top of that. Close lid and pressure cook for 6 minutes at high pressure, sealing mode
Release Pressure And fluff Rice
Once cooking time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 mins. Release the remaining pressure by following the quick release instructions of your model. Open the lid after the pressure pin drops.Using a fork, gently fluff the rice. No stirring. Then, let the rice rest for 5 mins, uncovered. This evaporates any excess moisture and the end result is fluffier.
If using a long grain variety, I find that soaking rice for 15 minutes removes excess starch and makes the end result very light and fluffy.
The water-to-rice ratio is way different in the Instant Pot as compared to the stove-top recipe. Using the customizing tips above, use one of the following three ratios: 1:1, 1: 1.25, 1:1.125.
In my test runs, results were exactly the same when cooking rice at high pressure for 6 mins, or, on the Rice mode. So, pick a mode based on your convenience.
NPR or QR? For best results, I let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 minutes, after which I manually release the remaining pressure.
When making rice using the Pot-in-Pot method, add 1-2 cups water in the inner pot based on the size of your pot. For 3 qt and 6qt, add 1 cup. For 8qt, add 2 cups. Please remember: you still have to add water to the rice bowl as per the recipe instructions.
After opening the lid, using a fork, gently fluff the rice. No stirring. Then, let the rice rest for 5 mins, uncovered. This evaporates any excess moisture and the end result is fluffier.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates for Basmati Rice. If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.