Basmati rice is a type of long-grain rice that is commonly used in Indian, Pakistani, and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is known for its fragrant aroma and delicate, fluffy texture when cooked.
To cook basmati rice, follow these simple steps:
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Pinch of salt
- Rinse the rice in a fine-mesh strainer to remove any excess starch or debris.
- In a medium-sized pot, bring the water to a boil.
- Add a pinch of salt to the boiling water and stir to dissolve.
- Add the rinsed rice to the pot and stir gently to separate the grains.
- Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and reduce the heat to low.
- Simmer the rice for about 18-20 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender.
- Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit, covered, for 5-10 minutes to allow the rice to steam and become even more fluffy.
- Fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot.
Basmati rice can be used in a variety of dishes, such as biryani, pilaf, or as a side dish to curries and other Indian dishes. It can also be flavored with spices and herbs, such as cumin, cardamom, or saffron, to enhance its natural aroma and flavour.