How To Cook Basmati Rice

In this article, I will show you how to cook Basmati rice in a very easy way using various methods like rice cookers, instant pot, and other traditional methods. Basmati originates from Central Asia and the middle east, in other words, the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent and India is also known to produce Basmati rice at a much higher rate than any other country. Basmati is a long, chewy type of rice that is available as both brown and white rice and is a bit different from various types of rice available out there.

The word means “fragrant” in Hindi, the most famous spoken language of India. It is aged for 6 months to make its nutty aroma come out, even more, also this rice is way different than the ordinary rice you see in the market. Once cooked, they can be incredibly long, but only if you cook it carefully, in other words, it is only possible if you soak the rice and use the same water to cook the perfect rice. Let’s get started with the best rice recipe ever made!

What is Basmati rice and how does it look?

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The word means “fragrant” in Hindi, India’s most popular spoken language. It has been aged for 6 months to bring out its nutty aroma, even more so, as this rice is very different from the ordinary rice you see on the market. When cooked, it can be incredibly long, but only if you cook it properly, in other words, it can only be done if you boil the rice and use the same water to cook the perfect rice.

This rice can be cooked with butter or olive oil and fresh herbs (for a unique taste). It is usually served as a side dish with curries or as a variety of other dishes, including braised meat.

Is there a difference between Basmati and plain rice?

Yes, definitely! Basmati comes in both brown and white varieties just like plain rice, however, there are some differences between both of them:

  • Basmati is a bit lighter and fluffier than plain rice.
  • It has a more unique and nutty fragrance and a rich aroma.
  • The starch in Basmati rice is less than plain rice.
  • Basmati is easy to cook and soaks very easily.

How to cook Basmati?

how to cook basmati rice in instant pot

Ingredients

  • 2x cup of Basmati rice

  • 3x cup of water

  • Salt (optional, to taste)

Directions

  • Wash the rice to remove excess starch and to keep the rice grains from clumping at once. It’s crucial to remove the starch in it, make sure to wash it several times and keep draining it. You will also notice a milky texture forming in the water, but that is normal and nothing to worry about. Keep doing these steps until the water is clear.
  • Soak the rice after washing it to produce a softer version of it, although it is not necessarily recommended for a better taste. It allows it to absorb moisture and relax before cooking but once again it is not necessary.
  • Remember when I mentioned above that you need to use the same water you used for soaking? This step requires it. If you want longer grains, soaking the rice with the same water makes it longer and soaking it with freshwater makes it shorter.
  • Cook the rice using a rice cooker, stovetop or the instant pot method. If you use the stovetop or the instant pot method, you will get much chewier rice. You may not want to use excessive water as it will make the rice mushy also removing its unique nutty aroma.

How to cook Basmati rice in instant pot?

how to cook basmati rice in instant pot

Aha! So, now you want to know how to cook Basmati rice in instant pot? If so, here is the recipe and the directions. Make sure to follow them carefully if you want a very chewy/fluff texture and of course different experiences.

Ingredients

  • 1x 1/2 cup of rice

  • 1x 3/4 cup of water

Directions

  • Transfer the rice that you rinsed and soaked to the instant pot. Pour 3/4 cup water over the rice and let it soak for 30 minutes max.
  • Close the pot with a lid, and press the button that says “rice” on your instant pot. This will set your temperature to low and let it cook for 12 minutes.
  • Let the rice rest in the “keep warm” function, only when the timer goes off for about 10 to 16 minutes. The pressure should automatically release, if not release any pressure that is inside the pot before opening the lid.
  • Make sure the rice is fluffy and serve it.

How to cook Basmati rice using the stovetop method?

This is another great method of cooking your Basmati rice for the best texture and much more chewy rice just like the instant pot method.

Ingredients

  • 1x 1/2 cup (300g) of Basmati rice

  • 2x cups of water

Directions

  • Move the rice to a saucepan, pour 2 cups of water over the rice and let the rice soak for 30 minutes max.
  • Cover the saucepan using a lid, just like the instant pot method and turn the heat to medium-high and boil it using water. This process should take about 5 to 6 minutes, make sure the water does not boil over as that may burn your rice grains.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the rice bubble for about 10 minutes until the rice absorbs all the water. You can move the saucepan to a small burner for best results.
  • Turn off the heat, let it the saucepan stay the same way it is covered for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the lid, use the fork to check the fluffiness of the rice and serve it.

Conclusion

Cool methods right? Basmati rice is used in each and every country because of its rich unique nutty aroma and the textured chewy flavor and the fluffiness is just more than any plain rice ever has. Have you tried any of the methods mentioned above? If so, make sure to comment down below and let me know! If you have any recipes that you want me to post about, please do tell me about it as I love posting about these recipes.

Once again, it’s not a hard process, but it just requires more attention and dedication to achieve the full features of Basmati rice and its unique fragrance of cooked rice. See you all next time!

How To Cook Basmati Rice

Course: MainCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

3

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

248

kcal
Total time

45

minutes

The easiest way to cook Basmati rice and make the right delicious dish for your family.

Ingredients

  • 2x cup of Basmati rice

  • 3x cup of water

  • Salt (optional, to taste)

Directions

  • Wash the rice to remove excess starch and to keep the rice grains from clumping at once. It’s crucial to remove the starch in it, make sure to wash it several times and keep draining it. You will also notice a milky texture forming in the water, but that is normal and nothing to worry about. Keep doing these steps until the water is clear.
  • Soak the rice after washing it to produce a softer version of it, although it is not necessarily recommended for a better taste. It allows it to absorb moisture and relax before cooking but once again it is not necessary.
  • Remember when I mentioned above that you need to use the same water you used for soaking? This step requires it. If you want longer grains, soaking the rice with the same water makes it longer and soaking it with freshwater makes it shorter.
  • Cook the rice using a rice cooker, stovetop or the instant pot method. If you use the stovetop or the instant pot method, you will get much chewier rice. You may not want to use excessive water as it will make the rice mushy also removing its unique nutty aroma.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Do not add excessive water as it will make the rice mushy.
  • Add salt for taste.
  • Soaking is not exactly required, but you may soak your rice or use the same water you cooked your rice in for a much longer length.
  • If you want a much chewier rice, give the stovetop or the instant pot method a try.

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