I always use to envy my mother’s perfect basmati rice. Every time, it came out, fluffy, flavourful and never burned. No matter how much I tried to emulate her recipe, something would always go wrong. That is until I discovered my own simple way to cook basmati rice.
The big trick, which I learned from my mother, is to make sure to wash the rice. This is not to clean it, but to remove the starch which in turn will give you that texture and separation that you don’t find in sticky rice. So put the amount of rice you are going to cook in a large bowl. Fill it with cold water, then drain the water out. Repeat that a couple times.
Then if you’re not in a rush, fill the bowl with water again and let it sit for about 30 minutes. I’m exactly sure why, but that’s what my mom does so I don’t question it.
I’m usually in a rush and need the rice ready quickly so I skip that step. Now that you know the little tricks, here are the ingredients you will need and the directions on how to make the basmati rice quickly and easily.
1 cup of uncooked basmati rice
2 cup of water
(whatever measurement of rice you’re making, double the water plus a little bit more.)
1 Tbsp oil (I’ve used canola or olive)
1/2 tsp of salt
1. Put your (washed) rice in a large pot. Add the water.
2. Add the oil and salt. Then mix it all together with a spatula.
3. Bring everything in the pot to a boil and then reduce it to the lowest you can and simmer it for 15 minutes. The trick here is to put the lid on it, but don’t close it completely. Leave a little bit open.
4. Keep an eye on the rice. You’ll know it’s done when the water is gone and the rice is nice and fluffy. Check on it during the 15 minutes since stoves are all different and some will cook faster than others.
Once it’s cooked, give it a stir and it’s ready to serve. Super easy to make and tastes good with anything!
Enjoy your Easy Basmati Rice.