How to cook perfect Basmati every time
a simple Basmati rice cooking experience

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How to cook perfect Basmati every time

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 cup Rice - Basmati 1/2 cup per serving
1/4 tsp Salt
as required Water
(optional) 2 Cardamom (Pods)
(optional) 2 Bay Leaves
(optional) 1 tablespoon Oil (Vegetable)

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perfect basmati avery time

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As strange as it sounds it’s one of the most common questions I’m asked. Just how do you cook basmati rice so it’s fluffy and the grains do not stick.

The main reason rice turns out sticky are:

1. It’s not soaked long enough
2. It’s not rinsed clear enough
3. It’s overcooked

The actual cook time of EVERY rice will vary but after soaking and rinsing  you should be looking at a cooking time of 3-5 minutes max.

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Steps

1
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using the measurement of 1/2 cup of basmati rice per person add the required amount to a dish, cover with water and allow to soak for 15 minutes.

2
Done

after 15 minutes is up rinse the rice thoroughly around 6-8 times until the water is clear and then soak for a further 15 minutes.

3
Done

drain the rice, rince again until clear and allow to drain in a sieve or colander

4
Done

bring a large pan full of water to the boil and add the salt.

If you want your rice Indian style add the cracked cardamoms, bay leaves and oil.

Add the drained rice and bring back to a rolling boil again.

5
Done

This is where you now need to watch your rice. It will start to move around the pan and normally comes up from the sides in a rolling motion.

As soon as you notice your rice becoming bigger (normally around 3 minutes) turn off the heat and drain the rice in a sieve or colander

6
Done

put the sieve or colander containing the drained rice on top of the original pan and allow to steam dry.

It's still cooking and sorting itself out SO HANDS OFF, STOP PLAYING WITH IT AND MOVING IT AROUND

7
Done

Wait a few minutes for the steam to subside and your rice is ready to serve. Enjoy :)

thecurrykid

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