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A bowl of basmati rice with a bay leaf for garnish.

Basmati Rice

Tressa Jamil
Make elegant basmati rice every single time using our simple, and easy to make recipe; pair the side with daal, curry, kabobs, and grilled meat.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Soaking Time: 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani, Persian
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 95 kcal



  • 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.
  • Web Story: Check out our web story for stove-top basmati rice! 


Serving: 1.5 CupCalories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gSodium: 390mg
Keyword basmati rice
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