Perfect Basmati Rice Every Time

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

If you follow this method of cooking basmati rice it will be perfect and fluffy every time; the rinsing is very important as it removes alot of the starch.It is best to use a rice cooker, but can be cooked in a saucepan with equal success.


  1. Put the rice in your ricemaker ( or saucepan ) and rinse several times with cold water swishing gently with your hand to release excess starch. Drain.
  2. Add the 2 1/4 cups cold water to the ricemaker ( saucepan ) and the salt.
  3. Turn the ricemaker on and leave until done. ( Or bring the saucepan to a boil, cover and simmer on low for 20 mins ).


Most Helpful

My new favorite rice! I was reluctant to stray from the typical white rice my family adores but the basmati was received with rave reviews from EVERYONE.

Provl8dy in training January 05, 2009

This was excellent! I doubled the recipe and it came out light & fluffy! Thank you for posting! I had never made basmati rice before and I was looking for a simple recipe.

dreamgirlcr June 30, 2008

Really is perfect, I devoured it. I don't have a rice cooker, I used stovetop electric, which still turned out perfect.

Eat and be Merry December 04, 2007

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