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Master Basmati Rice, Then Try These 10 Riffs

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On our site we have a foolproof recipe for basmati rice gifted to us by Meera Sodha. It’s simple and foolproof and definitely lives up to its name Perfect Basmati Rice—I know because I’ve tried it. Sodha advises soaking the grains in water for 20 minutes before adding them to a hot oiled pan, then covering the whole thing with boiling water. After another 20 minutes, she promises fluffy rice, ready to serve.

The Perfect Basmati Rice
The Perfect Basmati Rice

Now that you’ve mastered basmati rice at its simplest, here are some riffs: Speckle it with herbs or stud it with lentils. Try your hand at a rich and comforting biryani or follow this Persian technique and shape it into an impressive mold with crisp outer edges. Take a look through these recipes for some suggestions.

Green Garden Herby Basmati Rice with Basil, Mint, Chives & Rosemary

Green Garden Herby Basmati Rice with Basil, Mint, Chives ... by Basil and Roses

Lentil and Basmati Salad with Tamarind, Coconut, and Cilantro

Lentil and Basmati Salad with Tamarind, Coconut, and Cila... by gingerroot

Punjabi Buttermilk Stew with Spinach Dumplings
Punjabi Buttermilk Stew with Spinach Dumplings
Now and Later Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Now and Later Instant Pot Butter Chicken by URVASHI PITRE

Bengali Orange Lentils with Cilantro and Tomatoes

Bengali Orange Lentils with Cilantro and Tomatoes by Rinku Bhattacharya /Spice C...

Scottish Kedgeree

Scottish Kedgeree by Graeme Taylor

Caramelized Onion, Coconut, and Egg Curry

Caramelized Onion, Coconut, and Egg Curry by Kenzi Wilbur

Tachin Ba Morgh (Persian Crispy Rice with Chicken)
Tachin Ba Morgh (Persian Crispy Rice with Chicken)
Spiced Uzbekistani Plov (Pilaf) With Herbs, Scallions & Peas

Spiced Uzbekistani Plov (Pilaf) With Herbs, Scallions & Peas by Kukla

Mahin Joon's Lubiah Polo (Crispy Persian Rice with Beef and Green Beans)

Mahin Joon's Lubiah Polo (Crispy Persian Rice with Beef a... by Zoe Paknad

How do you enjoy your basmati rice? Tell us your riff in the comments below.

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