How to Cook Basmati Rice

Basmati rice is a variety of long grained rice famous for its fragrance. In Hindi Basmati means “The Fragrant One”, Pakistan and India are the biggest growers and exporters of basmati rice. Basmati rice grains are longer than normal rice and they get longer as it cooks, the good thing with basmati rice is that the grains will remain separate and firm and will not get sticky after the rice is cooked. Basmati rice has a lot of starch on it and many will wash it before cooking, also soaking the rice for any where from a half hour to around two hours will make the grains stay intact and not break while cooking. Also to ensure the rice is nice and fluffy when it is ready, before soaking it is advisable to wash it in several different changes of cold water. One can cook Basmati rice either using a normal sauce pan on the stove or using a rice cooker which is usually easy and convenient to use.

Here are instructions on how to cook Basmati rice on the top of a stove method in a pan/pot, to get tasty and fluffy rice.

Ingredients this to serve a party of 3:

  • 1 cup of Basmati rice.
  • 1 ¾ cups of cold water.
  • ¼ tsp of salt, this is optional.

Preparing the Basmati rice:

  • Before cleaning the rice, remove unwanted particles for example stones and rice husk if any.
  • Put the dry rice in a cooking pot and add some water. Wash the rice by using fingers which helps in the removal of extra starch, rinse about 2 to 3 times or until the water becomes clear.
  • Soak the rice for 15 to 30 minutes. The rice will absorb the moisture helping the grain not break easily. This will make fluffy rice with separate grains.

Stove top Method for Cooking Basmati Rice

Use a deep bottomed pot or pan. This ensures that the rice cooks evenly. Using a thin may run the risk of the rice at the top not cooking properly.

1.Using a pan with heavy bottom, add the water, the washed and water soaked rice and salt.

2.Bring the contents to a boil then cover the pot with a lid and reduce the flame to the lowest temperature.

3.Let the rice cook for about 15 minutes.

4.Switch off the stove and sit the pot for a while. Do not remove lid for at least 10-15 minutes. The rice should be cooked by then. Fluff it lightly using a fork, then serve it hot accompanied with a stew or curry.

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