Fail-safe Basmati Rice recipe

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I am always asked why my basmati rice tastes so good. Whatever people tell you, without soaking it, it will never reach perfection! Follow this rule and few other simple steps, and you'll have perfect rice every time!

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 275g basmati rice
  • 275ml water
  • salt
  • butter as required

MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:25min ›Ready in:30min

  1. Put the rice into a bowl and cover it with cold water. Leave it for 30 minutes (leaving it for longer won't do any harm).
  2. Pour rice into a sieve and pour cold water over it again. Leave it to drain and then place it into a heavy pan with 275ml water and salt, add salt and bring to the boil, do not cover. As soon as the water starts to boil reduce the temperature and simmer for 15 minutes. Don't stir the rice. Try it after 15 minutes. If the rice is still hard, add a couple of tablespoons of cold water (still don't stir) and simmer for a further 5-10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and leave to stand for 10 minutes. You can now stir the rice or break it up with a fork, and if you like you can stir some butter into it.

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15 Delicious Basmati Rice Recipes You Can Try Today!

Times Now News has found that basmati rice assists in weight loss because of its low calorie content and glycemic index. In addition to these health benefits, it is also very aromatic and can be prepared in a variety of ways.

If you are looking for new dishes to try out from the comfort of your own home, at least one basmati rice recipe is an absolute must! This article gives you 15 of the best options to consider when looking for a basmati rice recipe.

Jeera Rice

For most basmati rice recipes, the water ratio you should stick to is one cup of water for one cup of rice. If you are going for simple basmati cooking, jeera rice is a no-brainer!

  • Heat a pressure cooker or instant pot and add oil or ghee.
  • To this, add cumin seeds, bay leaf, star anise, cardamom, and cloves.
  • Add rice, water and salt to this mixture. Close and pressure cook.
  • Take off and serve with a gravy of your choice!

Herbed Basmati Rice

This is a simple yet flavourful basmati rice recipe that you can prepare for any meal.

  • Sauté the basmati rice and chopped garlic in a cooker or vessel for two minutes until slightly brown
  • To this, add water and salt and pressure cook or boil until the rice is fully cooked
  • Add fresh herbs like basil, thyme, and cilantro along with chopped onions and pepper
  • You can garnish this with cheese and there, your mouth-watering dish is ready!

Basmati With Chicken

Basmati with chicken is a recipe you can never go wrong with. You can pair the jeera rice or herbed rice mentioned in the recipes above with a spicy chicken gravy and serve with raita and papad on the side! You can also stir fry or grill chicken in the time that the basmati cooks and pair the two for a sumptuous meal!

Mutter Pulav

For another simple basmati cooking recipe, you can choose to make mutter pulav!

  • Sauté cashews until golden and set aside
  • Then, sauté cumin, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, and star anise
  • Add onions and fry until golden followed by ginger garlic paste. You can also add pudina or mint at this point
  • Once this is well fried, add peas and rice along with water and pressure cook for one whistle
  • You can garnish this with nuts or simply serve with a gravy!

Basmati Rice Recipe With Turmeric and Coconut

A dish with different flavours, this recipe is sure to delight your taste buds!

  • Heat oil in a pan and sauté chopped onions, grated garlic and ginger, with salt
  • Add turmeric powder and basmati rice to this mixture, mix well
  • Add coconut milk and water to this and let the basmati cook for about 18 minutes
  • Top off with some garnish before plating for a burst of colour!

Cooking Basmati Rice With Saffron

This is a simple dish, but super healthy and easy to make!

  • Add saffron threads to half a cup of boiling water
  • In a separate vessel, add basmati rice, salt, and two tablespoons of butter or oil. Stir well until mixed
  • Add the saffron water along with the water required in proportion to the rice. Cover the vessel and allow the rice to cook for 20 minutes
  • Remove, plate, and you are ready to serve this aromatic dish!

Bisibele Bath with Basmati Rice

  • Before you start cooking, chop vegetables of your choice and soak tamarind in hot water. Keep both of these aside
  • Take a pressure cooker – add oil, and sauté mustard seeds, cumin, curry leaves, and asafoetida
  • Add the cut vegetables to this spice mix along with bisi bele bath powder, a tsp of red chilli powder, the tamarind extract, and salt. Stir this well and ensure the mixture does not stick to the sides of the vessel.
  • Add washed toor dal, rice, jaggery, and adequate water. Pressure cook this for about eight minutes.
  • Garnish your bisibele bath with coriander leaves, and add a little more water until you reach the preferred consistency
  • For the best experience, eat this with a side of khara boondi or papad

Ven Pongal with Basmati Rice

Pongal is a popular South Indian dish. It is a great basmati rice recipe to prepare, especially for breakfast.

  • Pressure cook basmati rice and moong dal with grated ginger and salt. Make sure to add more than the usual amount of water so that the end result is mushy
  • In a pan, add a tablespoon of ghee, and add cumin seeds. When this is hot, add broken cashewnuts, curry leaves, asafoetida, chopped green chillies, and whole pepper
  • Add this mixture to the cooked rice-lentils and mix well. Mix in some crushed pepper for an extra kick and relish this wholesome meal with a bowl of sambar or chutney!


Khichdi is similar to pongal but is prepared more in North India, and contains vegetables.

  • Choose your vegetables, chop them and keep them aside
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds. Once this sputters, add chopped onions and ginger and sauté for a few minutes
  • Add chopped vegetables and whole spices according to taste
  • To this, add split green moong dal and rice, along with adequate water
  • Pressure cook for one whistle and open the lid of the cooker
  • You can add more water and sauté until you reach suitable consistency!

Basmati Biryani

Basmati biryani can be made in a number of ways, depending on what you prefer to eat. You can make basmati biryani with egg or chicken.

  • Soak the basmati rice for about half an hour and drain
  • Take a pressure cooker, add oil. Add whole spices such as star anise, bay leaves, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon.
  • To this, add onions and sauté until golden. Add ginger garlic paste and fry well.
  • You can then add tomatoes, red chilli powder, turmetic powder, salt, few spoons of yogurt, and biryani masala.
  • Add boiled eggs or marinated chicken and fry for a few minutes
  • To this, add the drained rice and adequate water and pressure cook for one whistle.
  • Let this cool, and serve hot with raita!

Basmati Pulav

Basmati pulav is an aromatic dish you can cook in half an hour. It is perfect for when you are running short of time and still want a yummy meal!

  • Follow the same first three steps as you would in the biryani recipe above
  • Add vegetables and mint and sauté for three minutes
  • Add water, salt, and rice to this mixture and pressure cook for one whistle
  • You can pair this pulav with a raita or a gravy!

Coconut Rice

Coconut rice is a popular basmati rice recipe that is made for the most part in South India.

  • Heat ghee or oil in a vessel. Add mustard, cashews, ginger, curry leaves, and chopped green chillies
  • Add grated coconut and salt, and sauté well
  • Let the basmati cook and then add this to the mixture above
  • Once this is well mixed, take it off the stove and serve hot with dal!

Lemon Rice

Lemon rice is a zesty basmati rice recipe that will explode with flavour in your mouth!

  • First, sauté chana dal and urad dal in oil. Follow this with the first step listed in the recipe above
  • Add turmeric powder, salt, basmati rice, and water
  • Mix this well before adding in the lemon juice
  • Pressure cook for one whistle and take this off the stove
  • You can add roasted peanuts to add more texture to your dish!

Zarda Rice

Popularly known as “meethe chawal” up in North India, Zarda Rice is a sweet basmati rice recipe, often prepared on the festival of Lohri.

  • Cook rice separately. In a separate pot, soak saffron in warm milk for 20 minutes, until the colour seeps into the milk
  • Heat ghee in a pot, and sauté an array of nuts and raisins in it, and keep stirring until they turn slightly golden. Keep aside for cooling
  • Add cardamon, cloves and cinnamon to oil and stir until they give off aroma, then, add cooked basmati rice and stir for a few minutes
  • Add sugar and the saffron milk, and let the rice cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes until the milk soaks in the rice fully
  • Add the roasted nuts and raisins on the top for garnish (shredded coconut, optional) and enjoy!


A common Indian dessert kheer, or payasam, is a rice pudding that can be easily made using everyday ingredients that you can easily find in your Indian kitchen.

  • Prepare 1/2 cup basmati rice separately in a pressure cooker for one whistle
  • Take 5 cups of milk, the cooked rice, and half cup sugar. Mix them all in a closed pot over low heat
  • You can also add roasted nuts and raisins (as mentioned in the recipe above), cardamom and saffron to your mix
  • Let the kheer simmer on low heat until the milk has taken on a cream colour, and the rice has soaked some of the milk
  • Take off the stove, pour in the bowl, garnish with some crushed almonds and enjoy!

Most of the recipes in this article can be cooked with just a pressure cooker and half an hour to forty-five minutes! Basmati rice is a great, nourishing alternative to normal white rice and can easily be incorporated in your daily meals.

How to Cook Basmati Rice?

1) Take basmati rice in a colander or strainer and wash under running cold water until water runs clear. Or rinse them 2-3 times, till the water is not cloudy anymore. Then soak the rice in enough water for at least 10-15 minutes.

2) After soaking time drain the rice and let it dry in the colander or strainer for 10 minutes. This step helps to firm up the rice.

3) After 10 minutes of heat the ghee/oil in a thick bottom saucepan on medium heat. Always use a deep saucepan not shallow.

4) Once hot add rice and sauté them for a minute.

5) Add 2 cups of water, salt, and lemon juice. mix well.

6) Let the water come up to a rolling boil. Then cover it. And reduce the heat to the lowest possible heat. Cook it covered for 17-18 minutes. And then turn off the heat. During this cooking process do not open the lid to take a peek. In short do not disturb, put the timer for 17-18 minutes.

7) Once done, let it rest for 10 minutes covered. This step is a must. So rice gets time to firm up and so the rice won’t break while you stir. Then open the lid.

8) Fluff up the rice with use of a fork.

Perfect basmati rice is ready to serve. Or use in the recipes.

Ok, let’s break each step and see how it scientifically helps to make the perfect basmati rice.

Why need to wash the rice? – This step removes dirt, impurities and polishing material (if it is used). And also reduces the starch and make cooked rice grains separated from each other (that means less sticky).

Why need to soak the rice? – This step will help to reduce the cooking time. And allows the rice to expand into long grains and the cooked rice will be soft and fluffy.

Why need to air dry the rice? – This step is necessary. Rice becomes soft in soaking step and after that, this step will help the rice to firm up. So cooked rice won’t break.

Why add lemon juice to rice? – You will not taste a lemon flavor at all. But lemon juice helps the rice to keep separated from each other. And cooked rice stays white after it is cooked and cooled. If you have noticed sometimes cooked rice becomes light yellowish after it cools. This lemon juice prevents it from coloring.

Why need to keep on rest covered for 10 minutes after cooking? – If you stir hot rice, it will break as they are super soft. So during this resting time, rice grains will firm up (but still soft), and it will not break while you mix or fluff up.

Basmati Rice #1

1 cup white basmati rice

1 and 1/2 cups hot water

Basmati Rice #2

1 cup brown basmati rice

2 cups hot water

Presenting, our collection of some amazing Basmati rice recipes that you will definitely want to add to your cookbook.

1. Brown Basmati Pilaf

You may have tried a biryani with Basmati rice, now try this lovely pilaf with brown Basmati rice which is a healthier version with key ingredients such as broccoli, carrot and black chana. This pilaf is loaded with sweet and sour flavours and is great for your lunchbox.

Basmati Rice recipes- This pilaf is loaded with sweet and sour flavours.

2. Payesh

Try this creamy Bengali dessert made with Basmati rice, milk, cardamom, nuts and fragrant rose water. A luscious, tasty Indian dessert that you won't be able to resist during the festive season of Durga Puja.

3. Kale Channe Ki Biryani

How can we not have Basmati recipe for biryani? A great twist to the regular fare, with interesting ingredients like black gram, cardamom and nuts like almonds and cashew nuts. This robust biryani is a perfect one-pot meal for a luncheon with friends.

Basmati Rice recipes- A great twist to the regular fare, this biryani is made with kala channa and basmati rice.

4. Chicken Schezwan Rice

Why restrict Basmati rice to Indian cuisine? Try this Indo-Chinese fried rice with chicken, shrimp, soy, vinegar, mushrooms, chilli sauce and celery.

Basmati Rice recipes- A perfect rice recipe with a fusion of schezwan sauce.

5. Achari Murgh with Desi Ghee Khichdi

A perfect meal to enjoy on a breezy day. This bowl of khichdi made with Basmati rice, heaps of desi ghee andmoong dal. It is served with spicy chicken sauteed in masalas to take the subtle flavors of the khichdi up a notch.

6. Apple Kheer

A fruity twist to the good old milky kheer, this one is loaded with sweet apples chunks, juicy red grapes and crunchy nuts. A whole lot of flavours and textures.
Basmati Rice recipes- A fruity twist to the good old milky kheer

7. Chicken Paella

Try this interesting Spanish dish with ingredients such as Basmati rice, chicken, olive and bell peppers enriched with the saffron and garlic.

Basmati Rice recipes- Paella is an interesting rice dish from Spain.

8. Gosht Motia Pulao

A rich and hearty pulao layered with rice, drizzled with a saffron syrup and topped with minced meatballs.

Basmati Rice recipes- A rich and heart pulao with meatballs and basmati rice.

9. Gulab Phirni

No one can resist this utterly delicious and festive dessert. Make it to celebrate a happy occasion or simply when you are craving something sweet. Milk, saffron, rose water, cardamom and Basmati rice come together to give you this gorgeous treat.

Basmati Rice recipes- A beautiful looking dessert made with Basmati rice.

10. Zafrani Pulao

Recreate the famous zafrani pulao in the comfort of your kitchen. It's a perfect dish to serve and please a dinner gathering.

Basmati Rice recipes- A rich and flavourful pulao recipe with the goodness of milk, almonds and cashews.

11. Easy Coconut Rice

One of the most favourite South Indian food, easily made at home using fresh coconut. Coconut rice is the comfort food that can be relished throughout the year with this easy recipe. A great lunch recipe which is light on stomach yet extremely high on nutrients.

Basmati Rice recipes- Easy, quick and appetizing this rice recipe is a must try!

12. Lemon Rice

A quick and easy rice preparation enhanced with distinct flavours of lemon juice, curry leaves, turmeric, whole chillies and mustard seeds.

13. Vegetable Fried Rice

Nutritious veggies are sauteed with garlic, chilli and steamed rice along with oriental sauces like soy sauce. Flavourful rice in just 20 minutes with goodness of veggies. A delicious Indo-Chinese dish!

Basmati Rice recipes- A lip-smacking rice dish full of spicy flavours and nutritious veggies!

The beauty of Basmati rice is that it can be transformed into any kind of dish. Hope you enjoy cooking with it.

Crock Pot Jasmine Rice

Our easy crockpot rice recipe is your new weeknight hack. Although making rice on the stove is easy enough, putting it in the slow cooker and getting on with the rest of the things you need to do before dinner time is a true blessing. No need to stir or supervise. This is the perfect recipe for fluffy and delicious rice, every single time.

Of all the types of rice, jasmine and basmati work best for this recipe. Short grain rice is not recommended as its grains get too gummy in the crockpot. If you don't mind rice that's a little sticky, follow the recipe as is. But if you'd prefer a loser texture, always rinse your rice first. Simply run cold water on top of the rice for 3 to 5 minutes to remove the excess starch that causes the grains to stick. Once the rice has finished cooking, fluff up the grains with a fork and let rest for 5 minutes. This will help separate each grain and give you perfect rice.

Although plain rice with salt is always a treat, add to the crockpot dry herbs or other seasonings like powdered garlic, onions, rosemary, thyme, or savory. Alternatively use vegetable or chicken broth instead of water, or a few strands of saffron for flavor and color. Make a double batch to eat throughout the week or make rice pudding with the leftovers. Keep in mind that the newer slow cookers cook food much faster than the older models and the rice can burn if you have a high-temperature slow cooker. Serve as a side dish to any and all of your favorite main dishes.

Basmati Rice

&ldquoI meet a lot of people that are daunted by cooking rice,&rdquo says Cheetie Kumar, chef of Garland restaurant in Raleigh, NC. &ldquoI think the first step is to buy good quality rice&mdashwhether it&rsquos Carolina gold from Anson Mills or a good-quality aged Basmati from the Indian market. It&rsquos worth it to spend a little extra.&rdquo Although rinsing the rice several times to straw out the starch adds more prep time, it&rsquos an easy process and also well worth it. Kumar&rsquos method produces tender, not mushy grains that &ldquostand tall on their own, shoulder to shoulder with their compatriots,&rdquo as she puts it. This recipe works well for most types of long grain white rice. Aged rice has a stronger aroma and a drier texture, which helps the grains stay separate. The black peppercorns or cardamom seeds are a nice accent but really not necessary, as the rice itself has such a lovely aroma on its own. Use a heavy bottomed stockpot to cook the rice, which will prevent any browning on the bottom.

How to cook basmati rice

  1. The first step in cooking basmati rice is to properly measure your ingredients. For perfect basmati rice, you need 1 cup of basmati + 1 ½ cups cold water.
  2. Bring the pot to a boil. Put the pot on high heat with the lid off. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low, and cover the pot.
  3. Simmer the rice. Set a timer for 12 minutes. Don't peek at the rice!
  4. Let the rice rest. Move the pot off the heat and let the rice rest for 10 minutes with the lid on. This step is very important and will give you the fluffy rice that you are looking for!
  5. Fluff the rice. Use a fork or spoon to gently fluff the rice before serving.

Full recipe in the recipe card below.


Wash the rice till the water runs clear—this is done by putting the rice in a pan and stirring and draining.

Repeat and wash again until the water is clear.

You will need to do this a few times.

I always measure my rice in a mug (a standard mug will feed 3-4 people) and you will need twice the amount of water to rice to cook it perfectly.

Put your washed rice in a wide-based pan and add twice the amount of cold water.

Begin to heat up the pan and bring it to a rolling boil.

Reduce the heat to the lowest setting possible and put the lid on the pan.

Leave to cook for exactly 12 minutes.

However tempted you may be, do not remove the lid.

After 12 minutes remove from the heat, take the lid off and leave for a few minutes.

All the water will have been absorbed and each grain will be separate.

Using a fork, gently fluff up the rice (don't just plunge straight in with a spoon).

Rice Pilaf with Basmati

You might be surprised by how many different renditions and names Rice Pilaf can go by. Depending on where the particular dish originates from it can be called anything from pilaw to pilau and when it comes to types, you’re looking at thousands of variations. However, one thing they do have in common is that the rice is always cooked in a seasoned broth, with additional spices.

To start, heat butter, margarine, or oil in saucepan. Add onion, green pepper, and basmati rice. Sauté over high heat or until the onion is translucent and rice is lightly browned.

Next, add tomatoes, water, salt and pepper and combine well. Bring the saucepan to a boil. Cover tightly and bring the heat down to low and simmer gently for 30 minutes.

The recipe serves four to six people.

Exotic Comfort Food

Our take on Rice Pilaf includes aromatic Mahatma® Basmati Rice cooked in stewed tomatoes with spices and vegetables. Sautéed with butter, onions, and green peppers, it’s a true comfort food perfect for pairing alongside your favorite roasted chicken recipe and steamed veggies. And for those looking to add some protein to the mix, see our Recipe Notes below.

If you’re running short on time you might also like to try our Yellow Seasoned Long Grain Rice mix with flavors just waiting to be explored.

Recipe Notes

Where’s the beef? Add 1/2 lb of browned ground beef along with the rice to add more protein. Going meatless? Pump up the flavor and heartiness of this dish by adding lentils to the mix.

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