Perfect Basmati Rice Recipe

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Corinne Published: May 3, 2021 Modified: September 8, 2021
Perfect Basmati Rice Recipe

How To Make Perfect Basmati Rice

Basmati rice is a fragrant and nutty variety of rice and this recipe teaches you how to make it light, fluffy, and tender each time.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



  • 1cupIndian basmati rice
  • cupswater
  • tbspunsalted butter
  • ½tspsalt


  1. Place the rice in medium bowl and add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Using hands, gently swish the grains to release any excess starch.

  2. Carefully pour off the water, leaving the rice in the bowl. Repeat four times, or until the water runs almost clear. Using a fine mesh strainer, drain the rice.

  3. In a medium pot, bring the water, butter, salt, and rice to a boil. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid, then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until all of the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.

  4. If the rice is still too firm, add a few more tablespoons of water and continue cooking for a few minutes more. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to sit covered for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.


  • Calories: 206.99kcal
  • Fat: 4.62g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.82g
  • Trans Fat: 0.17g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.21g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.24g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.98g
  • Fiber: 0.60g
  • Sugar: 0.06g
  • Protein: 3.34g
  • Cholesterol: 11.45mg
  • Sodium: 297.73mg
  • Calcium: 17.52mg
  • Potassium: 54.53mg
  • Iron: 2.00mg
  • Vitamin A: 36.42µg
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