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How To: Cook Basmati Rice

December 29, 2015

Sayonara, mushy rice!

Basmati rice is a staple in Indian cuisine. Delicious and slightly nutty in flavor, this long-grained rice is traditionally from Northern India and Pakistan. One of India's most sought-after exports, tons of basmati rice are produced and cultivated annually. 

Mush You Not!

A seemingly easy task - all types of rice can go from perfect to mushy or dry really quick if the water to rice ratio is off! Basmati is no different! Below are a few do's and don'ts to making the perfect basmati rice.


  • 1 cup (white/brown) basmati rice • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
  • A splash of oil
  • 4 quart pot

yield: 3 cups of rice | prep time: 30 | cook time: 15 | total: 45 minutes


    • Rinse your rice thoroughly. Get that excess starch out of here!
    • TIP : Soak your rice for 30 min before you cook it. This improves both texture and flavor! By allowing your rice to soak you are enabling dishes - like Spicemode'sChicken & Chickpea Curry - to absorb into the rice, enhancing the flavor profile.  
    • Once drained, add the rice to your pot. 
    • Add 2 cups water and a pinch of salt.
    • Bring to boil under medium-high heat, uncovered.
    • Once boiling, cover and turn heat down to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
    • After 15 minutes, take the lid off. Allow rice to steam for a minute, then fluff with a fork.


    • Rush the cooking time - all of the excess water needs to boil off! If not completely absorbed your rice could turn out dry.
    • Stir repeatedly - this causes the mush we talked about!
    • Lift the lid - Try to do this VERY sparingly. You want to maintain a constant temperature throughout the cooking process!

    Basmati Versus Everyone Else

    Basmati rice takes a little bit longer to prepare compared to other types of rice but otherwise the instructions are the same! Simple as that!

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