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Monday, April 23, 2012

How to Cook Basmati Rice

This is a request from one of my readers long time back and I am really sorry for posting it so late. Basmati rice has a nice taste and flavor and is preferred for Biryani , pulao and many rice preparations. Today we will learn 4 ways of cooking basmati rice.

1. How to cook Basmati rice in pressure cooker

Ingredients needed

Pressure cooker
Basmati rice - 1 cup 

1. Wash basmati rice well to remove all the starch and soak it for half an hour.

2. Drain the water completely.

3. Add water in the ratio 1:2 ( ie) For 1 cup of rice, add 2 cups of water  and pressure cook for 3 whistles and switch it off .

4. When the pressure subsides, open the cooker and fluff the rice gently with a fork so that the grains do not break.

Use it for any rice preparation .

For more details on how to use the pressure cooker for cooking rice, check out my earlier post on
How to cook rice in pressure cooker.


How to cook basmati rice in pressure cooker
2.How to cook basmati rice in a pan over stove top.

Things needed

Basmati rice -1 cup
A pan with a lid 

Step 1 - Wash, soak rice for 30 minutes and drain the water completely.

Step 2 -  Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Add drained rice.

Step 3 - Keep the flame in low and close it with a lid. Let it cook

Step 4 - Once the rice gets cooked, switch off the flame and let it sit for 5 minutes.Then open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork .

Rice is ready to be used

How to cook Basmati rice

3.Rice Cooker method  

Wash, soak rice for 30 minutes and drain the water. Add 2 cups of water to1 cup of rice in the vessel that comes with the rice cooker and switch on the rice cooker. It will switch off automatically once done or else you switch off the rice cooker once the rice is cooked.

4.Cooking rice with excess water over stove top

After washing, soaking and draining the rice, instead of adding correct measurement of water, add more water than required and bring it to boil. Add drained rice, keep the flame low and cook. Once it is cooked, drain the excess water in a colander. Make sure that the water is completely drained before using the rice for any rice preparation.

Note - In case if you are not going to use the rice for any sweet preparation, you can add a little salt and all whole spices in it while cooking to give the rice more flavor.

Hope you found this post useful, meet you all with more interesting recipes.
 

26 comments:

  1. Wow those were really nice tips to be followed..

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  2. helpful basic info for the beginners ...

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  3. Very useful and helpful post..

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  4. Thanks for the useful post padhu...though knowing how to prepare there are goof ups some times :P these kind of posts are helpful!

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  5. Lot of ppl mess up basmati rice. useful post

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  6. Nice basic information for food freshers !!

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  8. Very detailed post on rice .. nice tip for newbiess

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  9. lovely informative post......

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  10. very nice n informative post. I didn't know that rice should be soaked for half hour before cooking. i have to try it for better result. thanks.
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  11. Very useful tip on cooking rice.Thank u.

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  12. Loved the way you narrate recipes. no hassle, it is simple. An amazing blog and amazing efforts Padma! you are truly talents and I am inspired as its also my dream to start my own kitchen garden with organic veggies. hats off!
    =manu

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  13. fantastice article and very useful. Really loved the way u narrate the recipes..easily understood..very good.keep going....

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  14. I have always messed up with Basmati rice water ratio. I'm not new to cooking and yet I have this problem. Your explanation helped a lot. Thanks Padhu :)
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  15. Thanks a lot for giving such nice tips ! They are really useful :)

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  16. Hello padhu,
    What are all the whole spices we can use and how to use it? Cooking in the pressure cooker for 3 whistles in low flame or medium flame?

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    1. You can use 2 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon stick, 1 cardamom .While boiling the water for rice, add all these spices and then add rice.
      Cook on medium flame when cooking in pressure cooker.

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