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How to cook: Basmati Rice

Cook basmati rice to perfection each and every time! All you need is the perfect ratio of rice to water. No soaking, no draining!

Basmati Rice

If you love curries as much as I do, you know you will need the perfect fluffy basmati rice every time. This method uses the ideal ratio of rice to water. So no need to soak, drain, or anything. It will come out perfect each time.

The perfect rice to water ratio is: 1:1.5 – So this means 1 cup of rice and 1 1/2 cups of water.

This is called the absorption method because all of the water will be absorbed, and there is no leftover water to drain. Also because we’re bringing the water to a boil in the beginning and then reducing the heat, the bottom of the rice will not burn or stick to the pan.

This is the easiest, and most fuss-free version to cook rice. We keep the lid on the pot the whole time.

Basmati rice is a long-grain variety, that is perfect for curries. Basmati rice should be fluffy and not very sticky.

The recipe with 1 cup of rice, is enough for 2-3 people.

basmati rice

How to cook the perfect, fluffy Basmati Rice

The ingredients

You will need:

  • basmati rice
  • water
  • salt

The basic steps

1 cup of basmati rice
Step 1: Add basmati rice into a medium-sized pot.
1 1/2 cups of water
Step 2: Add water.
1/2 teaspoon salt
Step 3: Add salt.
cooking rice with the lid on
Step 4: Place the lid on the pot. Cook it over medium to high heat, until the water boils. Then reduce the heat to low to medium heat.
fluffy basmati rice
Step 5: Once all the water is absorbed, the rice is perfectly fluffy and soft. No need to strain, or do anything else. Just fluff it up with a fork.

Serve the basmati rice with

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Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice

Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan
Cook basmati rice to perfection each and every time! All you need is the perfect ratio of rice to water.
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Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Basics, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Vegan
Servings 2 people
Calories 338 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Into a medium-sized pot, add the basmati rice.
  • Then add the water.
  • Then add the salt. Give it a quick stir.
  • Place the lid on the pot. Cook it over medium to high heat, until the water boils. Then reduce the heat to low to medium heat.
  • Once all the water is absorbed (this will take about 15 minutes), the rice should be perfectly fluffy and soft. No need to strain, or do anything else. Just fluff it up with a fork.

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 7gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 595mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.1gCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
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