How to cook Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice

How to cook basmati rice so it’s light and fluffy 
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time12 mins
Resting10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Middle Eastern
Servings: 3
Calories: 225kcal


  • 1 cup Uncooked basmati rice 
  • ½ cup Water 


  • Place rice and water in a medium size saucepan over medium high heat, no lid.
  • Bring to a simmer – the edges should be bubbling, the middle should be rippling, the surface will be foaming.
  • Place a tight fitting lid on, then turn heat down to medium low (low for strong stoves).
  • Cook for 12 minutes – DO NOT LIFT LID.
  • Tilt saucepan, then take a QUICK peek to ensure all water is absorbed – be super quick, then clamp lid back on.
  • Remove from heat, leave for 5 to 10 minutes with lid on, then fluff with fork and marvel at fluffy rice!

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories225
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 1g 2%
    • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Sodium 9mg 1%
  • Potassium 71mg 3%
  • Total Carbohydrate 49g 17%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 4g 8%

  • Calcium 21%
  • Iron 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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Written by Lisa Yarde

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