Basmati rice is a staple in our home; the fragrance, texture, and length keep you wanting more. Prepare our basmati rice recipe on the stove-top as we do with only four ingredients for a side you’ll want to pair with everything.
WHAT IS BASMATI RICE?
Basmati rice is long-grained rice most commonly associated with Indian, Persian, and Middle Eastern cuisine. I didn’t grow up eating rice, so it was a pleasant surprise for this Utah gal! Unlike other varieties, basmati expands twice its size during the cooking process for long and elegant grains, making it perfect for saffron rice, pulao, or biryani.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
- Basmati Rice: The key to making good rice begins with soaking it in water beforehand; the longer, the better! Soaking results in the long basmati you’ve come to expect.
- Salt: Use salt to perfectly season the rice.
- Bay Leaves: Subtly flavor the rice with bay leaves.
- Green Cardamom: Not meant to be eaten, green cardamom pods add necessary aromatics.
HOW TO MAKE BASMATI RICE
WASH – Wash the rice until the water runs clear.
SOAK – Add the rice to a bowl and cover it with water to soak for at least 30 minutes.
BOIL – Drain the soaking water and add rice to a sauce pan with one cup of water. Season with salt and add bay leaves and green cardamom pods. Bring the pan to a boil over medium heat.
STEAM – Reduce the heat, cover, and cook until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender for about 10-15 minutes.
WRAP – I like to wrap the lid with a towel to create even more of a seal.
REST – Remove the rice from heat and fluff it with a fork. Cover with the lid and set it aside to steam for 10 minutes before serving.
SERVE – Serve the rice as is or top it with butter, and enjoy!
HOW TO COOK BASMATI RICE IN A RICE COOKER
All rice cookers are different so follow the instructions for your rice cooker accordingly. Otherwise, perfectly cooked basmati rice in the rice cooker comes down to ratio. Add equal parts water and rice, then season with salt, a bay leaf, green cardamom pods, and enjoy!
- Increase the water ratio by two tablespoons if you’re making rice at high elevation.
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- Butter Chicken
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- Chicken Korma
- Grilled Tandoori Chicken
- Joojeh Kabob
- Kabob Koobideh
- Moong Dal in the Instant Pot
- Saag Paneer
WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS
- FRIDGE – Store the leftovers in an air-tight container; cooked rice will keep for 5-7 days.
- FREEZE – Allow the dish to cool completely, and add it to a freezer-safe bag or container. Basmati rice will freeze for up to 6 months. When you’re ready to eat it, defrost it in the fridge.
- REHEAT – Warm rice in the microwave or stove-top.
- REPURPOSE – Make kheer or vegetable fried rice with the leftovers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Wash – Wash the rice until the water runs clear to remove excess starch and impurities. This will also prevent the rice from clumping as it cooks.
2. Soak – This step is critical! For long, luxurious rice, soak the grains for at least 30 minutes. This allows the rice to absorb moisture before it cooks resulting in long, separate grains.
Answers vary depending on who you ask, but as long as you have prepared your rice beforehand by soaking them thoroughly, you will need a 1:1 ratio of water and rice.
Basmati is a variety of white rice, but differs from ordinary white rice or jasmine. What sets basmati apart is its ability to expand and double in size as it cooks.
YOU SHOULD ALSO TRY:
- Small Bowl
- Sauce Pan with a lid
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon green cardamom
- Wash the rice until the water runs clear.
- Add the rice to a bowl and cover it with water to soak for at least 30 minutes.
- Drain the soaking water and add the rice to a medium sauce pan with one cup of water. Season with salt and add bay leaves and green cardamom pods. Bring the pan to a boil over medium heat.
- Reduce the heat, cover, and cook until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender for about 10-15 minutes. I wrap the lid with a towel to create even more of a seal.
- Remove the rice from heat and fluff it with a fork. Cover with the lid and set it aside to steam for 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve the rice as is or top it with butter, and enjoy!
- High Elevation Cooking: Increase the water ratio by two tablespoons if you’re making rice at high elevation.
- Nutrition Disclosure: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
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