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perfect fluffy basmati rice in a rice cooker

Basmati rice in the rice cooker (Perfect & fluffy rice)

Make light, fluffy and perfect basmati rice in the rice cooker for your lunch or dinner easily using my recipe. This post has all tips, tricks, and different variations to the plain basmati rice recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Global, Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 187kcal
Author Sravanthi



  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1.5 cups water Check water to rice ratio section
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt optional
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice optional


  • Rinse the basmati rice very well at least three times to remove all excess starch from the rice.
  • Take the rinsed rice in a bowl. Add a cup of water to it and let the rice soak for 30 minutes. 
  • Brush the rice cooker inner pot with oil.
  • Drain the water completely from soaked rice and add it to the rice cooker. 
  • Next, add water and salt (if using) to the rice cooker.
  • If you want to flavor the rice, you can add dry spices like cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon to the rice at this stage.
  • Close the rice cooker with its lid. If your rice cooker has options, select white rice, or else start the cook button.
  • Once the cooking is over, wait for 5 minutes or so and open the lid. Then, fluff the rice with a spatula and let it rest for another 5 minutes. 
  • Light, fluffy and flavorful basmati rice is ready to serve with your favorite curry or dal.


Nutrition values are my rough estimates. Please feel free to use your calculator if you rely on them for your diet.


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg