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This Basmati Rice Recipe makes the best fluffy basmati rice to serve alongside a curry.

A large bowl of Basmati rice, sprinkled with parsley and a scattering of toasted almonds, held above the bench by a pair of hands

Why This Recipe Works

  • No Fail Method Simple and Fast
  • Perfect Basmati Rice Every Time
  • No fancy equipment (rice cooker, instant pot pressure cooker, microwave) all that is needed is a pot and a stovetop.


Ingredients you will need

  • basmati rice
  • water
  • salt
Basmati rice, water and salt in bowls laid out on the bench


How to cook basmati rice in a pot

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make my no-fail basmati rice recipe, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below.

Step one: Put the basmati rice, water and salt in a saucepan with a lid. 

Step two: Turn the stove on high, and heat until the water and rice is rapidly boiling

Step three: Once boiling immediately reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Leave the rice to cook on low for 12-15 minutes  (I find that the exact time doesn't matter too much) anywhere after 12 minutes but before 20 minutes seems to be ok.

Step four Turn the heat off, leave for a few minutes

Step five: Remove the lid, and fluff the basmati rice. 

Enjoy!


Top Tips

Here is how you can make Basmati Rice perfectly every time!

  • Don't faff around too much with the rice, I find you don't need to rinse or soak the rice.
  • Use the rapid absorption method that I have described above.
  • Stick to the ratio of 1 part rice to 1.5 parts water and you can't go wrong
A large bowl of Basmati rice, sprinkled with parsley and a scattering of toasted almonds resting on the bench next to a large pan of chicken curry,

FAQs

What is the ratio of basmati rice to water?

If you are cooking basmati rice using the absorption method then the ratio of rice to water should be one part rice to one and a half parts water.

How much is a portion of rice?

A portion of rice is generally considered to be one cup of cooked rice. To yield one cup of cooked rice you will need one-third of a cup of uncooked rice.

How much basmati rice for 2 cups of water?

Using the ratio of 1 part rice to 1.5 parts water you will need 1 and a third cups of basmati rice. Below are some common ratios of rice and water.
½ cup rice to ¾ cups water
1 cup rice to 1 ½ cups water
1 ½ cups rice to 2 ¼ cups water
2 cups rice to 3 cups water

A serving of chicken curry over a bed of rice next to a portion of broccoli on a plate held up above a large pan of curry below it.

A large bowl of Basmati rice, sprinkled with parsley and a scattering of toasted almonds, held above the bench by a pair of hands

A large bowl of Basmati rice, sprinkled with parsley and a scattering of toasted almonds, held above the bench by a pair of hands

Basmati Rice

This Basmati Rice Recipe makes the best fluffy basmati rice to serve alongside a curry.
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Course: Family Dinner Ideas
Cuisine: New Zealalnd
Keyword: Basmati Rice Recipe, Basmati Rice, How to Cook Basmati Rice, Stovetop Basmati Rice
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 225kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Put the basmati rice, water and salt in a saucepan with a lid.
  • Turn the stove on high, and heat until the water is boiling.
  • Once boiling immediately reduce the heat to low. Leave the rice to cook on low for 15 minutes
  • Turn the heat off, leave for a few minutes
  • Remove the lid, and fluff the basmati rice.
    Enjoy!

Notes

  • Don't faff around too much with the rice, I find you don't need to rinse or soak the rice.
  • Use the rapid absorption method that I have described above.
  • Stick to the ratio of 1 part rice to 1.5 parts water and you can't go wrong
  • Below are some common ratios of rice and water.
  • ½ cup rice to ¾ cups water
  • 1 cup rice to 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups rice to 2 ¼ cups water
  • 2 cups rice to 3 cups water
  • 3 cups rice to 4 ½ cups water

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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