Let me show you how to cook basmati rice that’s perfectly cooked every time. It won’t be sticky, and it doesn’t need to be soaked. With the steps outlined below you will be cooking fluffy rice every time you make it
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Cook Basmati Rice In A Rice Cooker?
Yes, basmati rice can be cooked in a rice cooker. In fact, the principles of cooking basmati rice in a rice cooker are very similar to cooking rice in a pot. Both ways utilize the absorption method as outlined on this page.
If you would like a guide on cooking basmati rice in a rice cooker read this article by thespruiceeats.com.
How Much Water For Basmati Rice?
As a guide use a ratio of 1 ½ cups of water to 1 cup of rice, this quantity of water makes a rice that is light and fluffy. However, if you find that the rice is too dry or too wet you may have to increase or decrease the amount of water the next time you make the rice. Take a note of this for the next time you cook the rice. Another thing to note is that you may need to adjust the amount of water you use when you are using a new bag of rice.
How Much Water For 2 Cups of Rice?
For 2 cups of uncooked rice, use 3 cups of water.
Rice To Water Ratio – Rice Cooker
The basmati rice water ratio for cooking rice in a rice cooker is the same as above, basically a 1:1.5 ratio.
How Long to Cook Basmati Rice?
It only takes 20 minutes to cook white basmati rice, once the pot has been brought to the boil.
How To Make Basmati Rice Not Sticky?
The secret to make basmati rice not sticky is to thoroughly rinse it several time in clean water, this will help remove most of the starch. The starch in rice is what causes rice to stick.
How Much Basmati Rice Per Person?
When working out how much basmati rice person use this as a rough guide. Measure out ½ cup (100 grams) of uncooked rice per adult person, this will make about 200 grams of cooked rice which is about one cup of cooked rice (tightly packed).
However, if you have small children or people with smaller appetites you may want to reduce this quantity. For example; use 1/4 cup of uncooked rice per person and you will get 1/2 cup of cooked rice.
How to Cook Basmati Rice on The Stove – Absorption Method
The absorption method is an easy way to cook basmati rice. The method below is for cooking basmati rice in a pot on the stove. However, you can prepare the rice as outlined below and cook the basmati in a rice cooker.
Step 1 – Measure The Rice
For this example, I will be using 2 level cups of uncooked rice, which is more than enough to feed our family of four adults (with some leftover).
Use a cup to measure the required amount of rice. I like to measure the rice directly into the pot that it will be cooked in, but you could use another container.
Step 2 – Wash The Basmati Rice
Pour in enough water to cover the rice, run your hand through the rice, agitating the rice as you do. The water will go cloudy – this is because of the starch in the rice.
Drain the water from the rice by tipping it into a colander. Then return the drained rice back to the pot. Cover with water again and repeat the above process another three to five times, or until it the water becomes almost clear.
On the final rinse make sure that you drain the rice well before returning it back to the pot.
Step 3 – Add Water To The Rice
Once the rice has been washed, it is ready to cook. You will need to add water to the rice. I like to use a basmati rice water ratio of 1:1.5.
So, for 2 cups of rice use three cups of water or, for each measure of rice add one and half measures of water.
It is important to use the same cup, for measuring both the water and rice (and that they are filled level to the top of the cup).
Step 4 – Cooking Basmati Rice
When cooking basmati in a pot on the stove, place on high heat, stir once and bring the water to the boil. Stir once more, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and reduce the heat to very low.
Cook the rice for 20 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave the rice to stand for 10 minutes with the lid still on.
After 10 minutes, or just before serving use a fork to gently fluff and separate the rice.
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How To Cook Perfect Basmati Rice
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 3 cups water
Note: Use the same cup to measure the rice and water, each time filling the cup to the very top.
- Measure the rice into a large saucepan and rinse the rice several times in clean cold tap water, until it becomes clear. On the final rinse, tip the rice into a colander, and completely drain all the water. Return the rice back to the pot.
- Add the water to the rice in the pot. Stir once and bring to the boil. Stir once again, cover with a lid and turn down the heat down to very low.
- Cook covered on low heat for 20 minutes – don’t remove the lid while it is cooking. Remove from the heat.
- Allow the rice to stand covered for 10 minutes. Then use a fork to fluff up the rice.