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Basmati Rice

Posted on November 30, 2020 at 2:44 PM by Madhu Gadia

Basmati Rice 


Basmati rice is unique in its texture and flavor. It is extra-long white rice that comes out fluffy every time. It is the preferred rice for Indian rice pulao (pilafs) and biryanis. For best results, soak the rice before cooking it. Be sure not to overcook, as it will get sticky.

Soak Time: 15 Minutes (optional)

Prep Time: 5 Minutes    Cook Time: 20    Minutes

1 cup basmati rice

2 cups water

1. Wash rice in 2 to 3 changes of water until the water is relatively clear. Soak in cold water for 20 minutes or longer. (Soaking helps to make the rice grains longer. If you don’t have time, this step can be eliminated.) Drain the rice in a strainer.

2. Add rice and water in a 2-quart or larger saucepan. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 12 to15 minutes. All the water should be absorbed. Check if rice is cooked, by placing 1 or 2 grains of rice on the countertop and gently pressing with your finger. If the rice is not cooked, you will feel the grain firmly under your finger.

3. Remove from the heat. Cover with a lid until ready to serve. Before serving, fluff rice with fork. Start from the sides and gradually move to the center, opening and fluffing all the rice.

Makes: 8 servings         Serving Size:     1/2    cup
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 84 Total Fat: 0g (Saturated Fat: 0g); Carbohydrate: 19g; Protein: 2g, Fiber: 0g, Sodium: 1mg

Recipe reprinted from The Indian Vegan Kitchen, More Than 150 Quick and Healthy Homestyle Recipes, By Madhu Gadia, MS, RD (Penguin Group),

Tagged As: Basmati Rice, Rice

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