Indian Restaurant Style Basmati Rice

May  4, 2021
2 Ratings
Photo by Simplyvegetarian777
  • Serves 5-6
Author Notes

Learn how to cook Indian Restaurant Style, perfectly looking Basmati Rice at home. —Simplyvegetarian777

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 teaspoons Ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  1. Preparing the rice Take a deep pan. Add basmati rice to it. Fill it up with water. It will be cloudy. Strain it. If you are draining rice along with water, that is no good. Use a fine mesh Sieve/strainer and then put the rice in it. Now place this strainer in the pan. Start washing the rice. This way, water will be strained but rice grains will remain inside, with no wastage. You must wash the rice, till the water runs clear through it, about 4-5 times.
  2. SOAKING THE RICE Once the rice is washed till the water runs clear, Soak the rice in 2 cups of water or just enough to keep the rice covered. Soak the rice for 30 minutes. This will extract out any further starch from Basmati.
  3. COOKING THE RICE After 30 minutes, drain the water out from the rice. Take a wide and deep pan. Add soaked rice, 4 cups of water, 2 tsp ghee and salt to the pan. Bring the rice to a gentle boil on high heat. Lower the heat to medium low. Give it a gentle stir. Cover with a lid and let the rice cook on low heat till all the water is evaporated. It will take about 7-8 minutes. No need to stir the rice in between. Switch off the heat. Remove the lid. Let the rice stand like that for another 5-7 minutes. DO NOT TOUCH THE RICE AT ALL DURING THIS TIME. Now take a FORK and gently & slowly fork the rice to fluff it up. Watch the video above. Once fluffed, let stand for another minute or so. Serve it hot with the daal, vegetable, korma, of your choice.

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2 Reviews

Munecrow May 4, 2021
I was making Chicken Tikka Masala for the first time and I wanted authentic Basmati rice like you are served and a good Indian restaurant. I came across this recipe and I was afraid to try this. I have been making rice pilaf and white rice in a pot on the stove for years, but I have never rinsed and soaked my rice and then to cook for less than 20 minutes. I was horrified I was going to be eating uncooked rice. Well, I was completely surprised! This rice came out so perfect and delicious! I could not believe how wonderful it came out. I felt so proud of myself and wanted to show everyone I new the delicious and perfect rice I had made. I am so thankful that I found this recipe and gave it a try! Thank you SimplyVegetarian777 for sharing this recipe with us.
Crystal June 4, 2020
I'm Asian but have relied on a rice cooker my whole life. Imagine my horror when I moved into a temporary apartment abroad without a rice cooker and the pandemic meant that they were all sold out! Many failed attempts at stovetop rice later, I came across this recipe. It's foolproof and perfect. Fluffy, well-cooked rice all the time. Thank you!