Last updated on June 27th, 2020
How to cook basmati rice perfectly every single time! With this post you will be able to cook rice that is fluffy, flavorful long and each separate. If you are tired of sticky, broken and non fragrant rice, this tutorial is for you. Perfect basmati rice for your rajma, dal or make quick pilaf, jeera rice yum!
Rice is our staple food and I have been cooking rice at least once everyday since a decade. Basmati rice is our first choice to have with rajma, spinach chickpea curry, chole or dal fry paired with aloo gobi or gobi matar.
I also use cooked basmati rice for making quick pilaf, masala rice, jeera rice and many more recipes.
I usually cook basmati rice either in pressure cooker or in a pot.Rice cooked in pressure cooker is bit more sticky and less fragrant but gets done very quickly. Rice cooked in pan or pot is less sticky, more fragrant and very suitable for pilaf and variety rice recipes.
Cooking basmati or any variety of rice in pot falls under two categories.
- Absorption method- You use precise amount of water for measured rice and all the water is absorbed by the rice as it gets cooked. This is the same as pressure cooker expect it takes a bit more time using a pot or pan. I am sharing this method here.
- Boiling in excess water- this is the age old method of cooking rice. Here you add rice to ample amount of boiling water and let it cook. The extra water and starch is drained once the rice is cooked. it is believed to be healthiest way of cooking rice use by our grand moms.
If you are beginner or not, do let basmati rice intimidate you 🙂 Try out this method and you will love it
Cooking Basmati Rice- Essential Tips & Tricks
Water ratio– Whether you cook rice in pot or pressure cooker, using absorption method it is crucial to use correct quantity of water for measured rice.
Not all basmati rice are same. The amount of water varies according to age of the rice. Aged rice needs more water whereas new rice requires less water. On that note aged rice is less sticky, more fragrant and most sought after. Perfect for biryani, pilaf etc. The price of basmati rice goes up along with its age 🙂
I usually use same brand rice and I use 2 cups water for 1 cup rice. We like cooked soft rice so we use 2 cups water. For al dente rice you will have to use 1.5 cups water.
Rinsing The Rice- Rinsing the basmati rice briefly before cooking helps in removing excess starch thus resulting in non sticky rice. However if you rinse multiple times the characteristic flavor of basmati rice will be lost along with some water soluble nutrients.
So rinse the rice just once to remove excess starch. No need keep rinsing and changing water until it runs clear and all.
Pre-soaking the rice- pre soaking the rice helps in reducing the cooking time. Though I am mentioning it as a step here in this tutorial, if you are pressed for time you can definitely skip soaking the rice.
Use a large pan with tight fitting lid- You will need to use a bog enough pan or pot so that the rice grains to not cling to each other. Also using a big pot reduces water spillage. A tight fitting lid will prevent steam from escaping. If steam escapes it may result in delayed cooking or burnt rice.
Add few drops of oil in cooking water- Adding few drops of water while cooking the rice will help to remove the stickiness in rice. Also adding oi helps in making the rice grains glossy.
Add few drops of lemon juice for whiter rice.
Let the cooked rice sit for 10 minutes before serving. Even after you remove from flame, the rice gets cooked from the heat of water. So let the rice sit for at least 5 minutes for fluffy non sticky rice.
How To Cook Basmati Rice
In Pot or A Pan
Measure 1 cup raw basmati rice and rinse just once to remove excess starch.
Soak in plenty of water for 30 minutes. Drain and spread on a plate for 5 minutes.
Add 2 cups water and few drops of oil in a heavy pan or pot.
Bring the water to a rolling boil keeping the pan open. Add salt to taste.
Add the drained rice and mix just once.
Keep the flame in medium and cover the pan. Cook for 8-12 minutes.
Remove from flame once all the water is absorbed.
Let the cooked rice sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Serve cooked basmati rice with preferred curry.
I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy as much as we did. P
How To Cook Basmati Rice
- 1 cup raw basmati rice
- 2 cups water
- salt to taste
- few drops oil optional
- few drops lemon juice optional
- Measure 1 cup raw basmati rice and rinse just once to remove excess starch.
- Soak in plenty of water for 30 minutes. Drain and spread on a plate for 5 minutes.
- Add 2 cups water and few drops of oil in a heavy pan or pot.
- Bring the water to a rolling boil keeping the pan open. Add salt to taste.
- Add the drained rice and mix just once.
- Keep the flame in medium and cover the pan. Cook for 8-12 minutes.
- Remove from flame once all the water is absorbed.
- Let the cooked rice sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
- Serve cooked basmati rice with preferred curry
- If you are using organic or very aged rice use 2.5 cups water
- You can double or halve the recipe