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Basmati rice with fresh parsley in a black bowl.

Learn how to cook basmati rice so it's light, fluffy and perfect every time! No need to rinse, drain or add any other ingredients!

Basmati rice seasoned with fresh parsley.

Learning how to cook basmati rice so it comes out perfect every time is a great life skill. After all, it's so versatile and pairs brilliantly with so many things!

It's fantastic with a good vegan curry or stir-fry and it's also our favorite rice to put in a vegan burrito.

Of course, if it is soft or sticky it can ruin an otherwise excellent meal.

There are just a couple of essential things to master and you'll become a pro at making fluffy, tender basmati rice, any time.

The most important tip of all is to get the right ratio of water to rice, i.e 1 cup basmati rice in 1 ½ cups water.

If you don't get this ratio right, nothing else matters. If you get the ratio right, then you're on your way to perfectly cooked rice. It's that easy.

We have a few more tricks up our sleeve, but this is the most important.

Ingredients you will need:

Ingredients for basmati rice.Ingredients for basmati rice.
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 ½ cups water

Notes on ingredients

There is There's no need to add oil, salt or anything else to the rice during cooking. Once cooked and puffed up, you can absolutely add salt, fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro or parsley, or whatever else you like. But you don't need to cook it with added flavors.

Basmati rice seasoned with fresh parsley.Basmati rice seasoned with fresh parsley.

How to prepare basmati rice

You'll find full instructions and measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is a summary of the process to go along with photos of the process.

  • Add the basmati rice and water to a medium saucepan.
Water added to rice in pot.Water added to rice in pot.
  • Heat it over medium-high heat, uncovered.
Heat the basmati rice and water in a pan.Heat the basmati rice and water in a pan.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, where the edges are bubbling and the surface of the water is white and foamy.
In a pan, bring the basmati rice and water to the boil.In a pan, bring the basmati rice and water to the boil.
  • Place a tight-fitting lid on, reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Leave to simmer for 12 minutes. Do not lift the lid!
Basmati rice cooked in a pot with a lid.Basmati rice cooked in a pot with a lid.
  • After 12 minutes, remove it from the heat and let it rest with the lid on for 10 minutes. Do not lift the lid during this period.
Basmati rice resting in a pot with a lid.Basmati rice resting in a pot with a lid.
  • After 10 minutes, remove the lid.
Basmati rice cooked in a pot.Basmati rice cooked in a pot.
  • Use a rubber or wooden paddle to fluff the rice.
Fluff the cooked basmati rice with a rubber paddle.Fluff the cooked basmati rice with a rubber paddle.

Tips for perfect basmati rice

Use a large enough pot. When preparing 1 or 2 cups of rice, it's fine to do so in a medium saucepan (with a lid). When preparing 3 or more cups of rice, it is best to move it to a large pot. There needs to be plenty of room for the rice to expand.

The pot or pan must have an airtight lid. If the lid is loose, steam will escape and you will lose some of the water.

Bring it to the boil before putting the lid on. The rice should be uncovered when you bring it to the boil. As soon as it starts to boil, add the lid. This results in even cooking because the water reaches the correct temperature before you close the lid.

Do not lift the lid once turned on. Once the lid is closed, do not open it until all the water has been absorbed. If you open it too soon, steam will escape and you will get unevenly cooked rice.

Let it rest for 10 minutes. While the rice is resting, it is actually completing the cooking process. This is essential.

Fluff with a rubber or wooden spatula. Don't fluff it with a fork as you may break the rice.

Basmati rice seasoned with fresh parsley.Basmati rice seasoned with fresh parsley.

Questions and answers about basmati rice

How about rinsing the rice? There is no need to rinse the rice if you bought it in a sealed package at the supermarket. In fact, rinsing it can cause the rice to become gummy. If you duty rinse the rice (for hygienic reasons, if you didn't buy it in a sealed package at the supermarket), then you can reduce the water in the recipe by 2 tablespoons.

How should basmati rice be stored? Store cooked basmati rice in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Can you freeze basmati rice? It freezes really well for up to 3 months. You can freeze it in a freezer-safe container. Plus you don't need to defrost it! Simply reheat it straight from frozen in the microwave. If it is a little dry, add a little water.

Basmati rice wooden spoon.Basmati rice wooden spoon.

Vegan Curries To Serve With Basmati Rice

  1. Vegan Chana Masala
  2. Vegan cauliflower curry
  3. Vegan Curry Katsu
  4. Vegan Tikka Masala
  5. Vegan Butter Chicken
  6. Thai pumpkin curry

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Basmati rice with fresh parsley in a black bowl.Basmati rice with fresh parsley in a black bowl.

Basmati rice

Learn how to cook basmati rice so it's light, fluffy and perfect every time! No need to rinse, drain or add any other ingredients!

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Course: Side

Kitchen: Indian, Middle Eastern

Diet: Vegan

Preparation time: 1 minute

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Rest time: 10 minutes

Total time: 26 minutes

Portions: 4

Calories: 169kcal

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Instructions

  • Add the basmati rice and water to a medium saucepan. Heat it over medium-high heat, uncovered.

  • Bring it to a boil, where the edges are bubbling and the surface of the water is white and foamy.

  • Place an airtight lid and reduce the heat to medium-low. Leave to simmer for 12 minutes. Do not lift the lid!

  • After 12 minutes, remove it from the heat and let it rest with the lid on for 10 minutes. Do not lift the lid during this period.

  • After 10 minutes, remove the lid. Use a rubber or wooden paddle to fluff the rice.

Notes

  1. Flavors: There is no need to add oil, salt or anything else to the rice while cooking. Once cooked and puffed up, you can absolutely add salt, fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro or parsley, or whatever else you like. But you don't need to cook it with added flavors.
  2. There is no need to rinse the rice – if you bought the rice in a sealed package at the supermarket it is not necessary to rinse it. In fact, rinsing it can cause the rice to become gummy. If you need to rinse the rice (for hygienic reasons, if you didn't buy it in a sealed package at the supermarket), you can reduce the water in the recipe by 2 tablespoons.
  3. Storage: Store cooked rice in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
  4. Freezing: It freezes really well for up to 3 months. You can freeze it in a freezer-safe container. Plus, you don't need to defrost it and can simply reheat it straight from frozen in the microwave. If it is a little dry, add a little water.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serve | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 37G | Protein: 3G | Fat: 0.3G | Saturated fats: 0.1G | Polyunsaturated fats: 0.1G | Monounsaturated fat: 0.1G | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1G | Sugar: 0.1G | Soccer: 16mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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