Basmati Rice Recipe Learn like a Chef 

Basmati rice is my cupboard staple for fluffy, fragrant side dishes. Ever wondered why this rice is so special? The smell and texture are what make it special.  

– 1 cup basmati rice  – 1¾ cups water – salt – 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Ingredient

Rice should be well rinsed under cold water. Rinse until clear with a fine-mesh strainer. Remove extra starch to prevent rice from sticking. 

1

Soak rice in fresh water for 30 minutes after rinsing. This allows grains to fully expand and cook evenly. Drain rice and let excess water drain after soaking.

2

Basmati rice-making process photos. In a medium saucepan, heat 1¾ cups of water to boiling. This is when to add salt or butter/oil.

3

Drain rice and add to boiling water. Stir gently. Simmer the saucepan for 15-20 minutes on low heat with a tight lid. 

4

To avoid shattering rice grains, don't lift the lid or stir. Basmati rice-making process photos.  Rice should be checked after 15 minutes. 

5

Rice should be soft but not mushy after absorbing water. If not done, cook for 5 more minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice sit covered for 5 minutes. 

6

This lets the rice finish heating and stiffen up. Basmati rice-making process photos. Fork-fluff the rice to separate the grains.

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