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How to Cook Basmati Rice to Perfection

Learn how to cook basmati rice to perfection on the stove top every single time. Getting the rice water ratio right is crucial, so make no more mistakes, and enjoy the best rice ever, stress free. Fluffy, light, just the way basmati rice should be.

Overhead shoot of a plate with fluffy basmati rice

I love rice, cooked in every possible way, served with any kind of yummy food. And basmati rice is by far my favourite.

Not only because it cooks a lot quicker than any other rice, but because its texture is just perfect. If you get it right, of course.

How to cook basmati rice on the stove, what is the ratio of rice to water when cooking, how to cook the perfect boiled rice, how to make the perfect fluffy rice? These are just a few questions we all want the answer to.

I was so frustrated trying to cook basmati rice the way it should be, fluffy, not sticky, and horribly mushy.

Over the years I tried different water rice ratio, but I could not, for the life of me, find the perfect ratio.

Different people will tell you different things, but in the end I got it right. And it’s so simple, you won’t believe it’s not cooked in the rice cooker.

By all means, if you do have a rice cooker, use it, it’s a very good investment, but if you don’t, the good old pan with a lid is as good.

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How to cook basmati rice to perfection?

  • First and foremost, make sure you rinse the rice very well. We want the water to run clean after rinsing, so do take your time to do it right. It might be time consuming, but it must be done.

If the rice is not rinsed well, the starch will make the rice sticky and mushy, trust me, it happened to me before.

What is the ratio of rice to water?

  • Use the same mesuring cup for rice and water. The rice to water ration is 1: 1 1/4. So, for every cup of rice, add one and a quarter cups of water.

Most people will say 2 cups of water, others will say more, while others will say less. I used my ratio time and time again, and the rice turned out perfectly.

!!! Please note that this rice to water ratio applies only to basmati rice, and no other type of rice!!!

This is plain, basmati rice that can be served as a side dish to any stir fry, meat, or any other dish. If you want to cook any other kind of rice, like risotto rice, long-grain rice, wild rice, etc, that will require a different ratio.

Most probably, a lot more water, and a different cooking technique. Also, very important, make sure you use a non-stick pan.

How do I cook the rice in a pan?

  • Make sure you cover the pan with a lid while the rice is cooking.

Cooking the rice with the lid on means that the water is absorbed properly, making the rice light and fluffy.

  • Cook the rice on a low heat.

Rice, like pasta, noodles, orzo, etc, must be cooked on a low heat. Otherwise the water is absorbed way to quickly, before the rice is cooked well.

  • Once the rice is cooked, turn the heat off, remove from the stove top, and leave to rest for 10 minutes with the lid on.

After that, remove the lid, and use a fork to fluff the rice up. And that’s it, the rice is ready.

A fork with fluffy basmati rice and a plate of rice in the background

What to serve with fluffy basmati rice

I have lots of recipes, mostly Asian, but not only, that are perfect to be served with basmati rice.

A few of my favourite are:

Broccoli Tofu Stir Fry with Basmati Rice

Best Homemade Chili With Beans

Healthy Chinese Chicken Egg Fried Rice Recipe

Mushroom Stir Fry With Rice

Easy Filipino Chicken Adobo Recipe

And so many others. From one cup of rice you can feed 3 people, the amount of rice per person should be more than enough.

Do let me know if you have any questions, and I will be very happy to answer them.

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Overhead shoot of a light blue plate with fluffy basmati rice
How to Cook Basmati Rice to Pefection
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 

Learn how to cook basmati rice on the stove top every single time. Getting the rice water ration right is crucial, so make no more mistakes, and enjoy the best rice ever, stress free. Fluffy, light, just the way basmati rice should be.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: International
Keyword: basmati rice
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 225 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • a pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice very well until the water runs clear.

  2. Add the rice to a non-stick pan, pour over one and a quarter cups of water, then add the pinch of salt.

  3. Place the lid on, and cook the rice on a low heat until all the water has been absorbed.

  4. Remove from the heat, and leave the lid on for about 10 minutes.

  5. Remove the lid and use a fork to fluff the rice up.

  6. Serve hot or cold with your favourite dish.

Recipe Notes

Please see the post for more tips on how to cook the perfect basmati rice.

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Basmati Rice to Pefection
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225
% Daily Value*
Sodium 8mg 0%
Potassium 70mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Protein 4g 8%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 2.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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