3 Instant Pot meals to make with your perfect basmati rice

Clever cooks know the value of planning ahead — use today’s basmati rice as the foundation of this week’s dinners

Billions of people around the world know that rice is the cornerstone to a great meal. It doesn’t get much better than fluffy basmati rice, so this week’s Dinner in an Instant offers 3 Instant Pot meals to make with your perfect basmati rice.

Perfect Basmati Rice

 By: Amy Jacky

It all starts with your perfect rice. The Amy Jacky recipe in the Instant Pot recipe collection is a textbook example of how to make rice in an electric pressure cooker.

Save time by making your rice once, then reheat leftovers to enjoy it all week long. Double or triple the ingredient amounts to make a bigger batch that will last you for several meals – just remember, the time doesn’t change!

Instant TipDeglazed liquid makes an excellent gravy or sauce base!

If basmati isn’t your style, you can find all our top tips and tricks for making your favorite kind of rice in our Perfect Rice Guide. These meal plans will great with any rice – it’s your dinner, make it what you want!


One of the great things about rice is that it works great in just about any diet plan, including plant-based and Vegan. The meal plan for hungry vegans pairs it with a tofu curry and stuffed portobello mushroom, followed up by a sweet and savory custard for dessert.

Instant Pot Recipe Massaman Curry with Tofu and Kabocha Squash

Massaman Curry with Tofu and Kabocha Squash

By: The Essential Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook by Coco Morante

Fresh, spicy, and delicious, you’re going to love the way your rice soaks up the flavors of this Thai-inspired curry. Just make sure your curry paste is Vegan if you’re sticking with the diet. For this one, the firmer your tofu the better.

Instant Pot Recipe caprese poratbello

Caprese Garlic Butter Portobellos

By: Chop Secrets

Fragrant basil adds that special perk to this scrumptious side dish of meaty portobello stuffed with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella.

Instant Pot Recipe pumpkin custard

Pumpkin Pie Custard

By: Danielle Walker

Who says pumpkin is just for the fall? Enjoy the best part of pumpkin pie – the filling – any time of the year. Serve it warm or cold as dessert tonight, then keep any leftovers in the fridge as a sweet breakfast tomorrow or tasty snack whenever you feel like it.


Basmati rice and Indian food go so well together, probably because basmati – which means “fragrant” in Hindustani – originally came from India. Today, 70% of the world’s basmati rice still comes from there. A meal that pair it with butter chicken and naan bread, followed by some kheer rice pudding, really lets your perfect Instant Pot rice shine.

Instant Pot Recipe Butter chicken

Indian Butter Chicken

By: Danielle Walker

There are a lot of butter chicken recipes out there – our own recipe site has several – but this one’s special because it uses a creamy cashew puree to thicken the sauce and smooth out the spices. You can use normal butter, or amp up your Indian flavor by making your own ghee in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Recipe No Knead Naan

No-Knead Naan

By: Instant Indian Cookbook – Rinku Bhattacharya

We featured this naan recipe recently, but we just had to do it again because as good as basmati rice and butter chicken are, basmati and butter chicken with naan bread is just sooooo much better.

Instant Pot Recipe Kheer

Quick and Easy Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)

By: Instant Pot Recipe Collection

Is it too much to have a creamy rice pudding made with basmati after butter chicken, basmati rice, and naan? Absolutely not.


Modern cuisine is really just a fancy way of saying it’s all over the map. This meal plan pairs the perfect basmati with layers of complementary dishes that are fun and addictively delicious. Grab some tortilla chips you can dip in your cheeseburger and fries party dip while you work up the appetite to attack some spicy crack chicken and polish it all off with a fudgy chocolate cake.

Instant Pot Recipe spicy crack chicken

Spicy Crack Chicken

By: This Old Gal

Why do they call it crack chicken? Because it’s just that addictive. Pile it onto your basmati and let the rice sop up all the spicy goodness.

Instant Pot Recipe fudge chocolate cake

Fudgy Chocolate Cake

By: 101 Things to do in an Instant Pot Cookbook

A good springform pan is one of those essential accessories you’ve just got to get for your Instant Pot. Not only does it enable you to experience the singular joy of an Instant Pot cheesecake, but it also makes this amazing fudgy chocolate cake possible.

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