Simple Cumin Basmati Rice

Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

From 1,000 Indian Recipes, by Neelam Batra

Top Review by BrendaThurston67

Always searching for new rice recipes and saw this one and tried it. Everyone really liked it! I didn't add the cilantro, personal preference, but it was delicious without it too!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium bowl, soak the rice in the water about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over med-high heat; add in the cumin seeds and black pepper; they should sizzle upon contact with the hot oil.
  3. Quickly add in the rice with the water it was soaking in; mix in the salt and bring to a boil over high heat.
  4. Decrease heat to the lowest setting, cover the pan (partially at first, until the foam subsides, then snugly), and cook until the rice is done, 10-15 minutes.
  5. Do not stir the rice while it cooks.
  6. Remove from heat and let the rice rest undisturbed about 5 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a serving platter, garnish with cilantro, and serve.

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