Plain Basmati Rice

Plain Basmati Rice
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In Indian cooking, basmati rice is a long grain rice known for its delicate fragrance. It's a staple alongside Indian curries and dishes and once you've made rice this way, you might never make it any other way again.Recipe courtesy of Hari Ghotra
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Plain Basmati Rice
Total time: 20 minutes
  • 1 mug of washed basmati rice
  • 2 mugs of cold water
  1. Wash the rice till the water runs clear—this is done by putting the rice in a pan and stirring and draining.
  2. Repeat and wash again until the water is clear.
  3. You will need to do this a few times.
  4. 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.
  5. Put your washed rice in a wide-based pan and add twice the amount of cold water.
  6. Begin to heat up the pan and bring it to a rolling boil.
  7. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting possible and put the lid on the pan.
  8. Leave to cook for exactly 12 minutes.
  9. However tempted you may be, do not remove the lid.
  10. After 12 minutes remove from the heat, take the lid off and leave for a few minutes.
  11. All the water will have been absorbed and each grain will be separate.
  12. Using a fork, gently fluff up the rice (don't just plunge straight in with a spoon).