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Perfect Basmati Rice
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Resting Time
5 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Basmati rice is a long grain rice from India and Pakistan. The word "basmati" is derived from a word that means "fragrance" and this rice emits a beautiful aroma in your kitchen as it cooks.
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 169 kcal
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup water
  • butter
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Rinse the rice several times, filling a bowl with water, swirling it around and draining before starting again. Soak the rice in a bowl of water, completely covered, for at least 20 minutes (or longer if convenient).
  2. Drain the rice and transfer the rice to a saucepan. Add the 1-cup of water, the butter and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bring the water to a full boil. Once at the boil, cover with a tight-fitting lid and reduce the temperature right down to simmer. Let the rice steam for 10 minutes without lifting the lid. You should see small steam holes in the rice when it is done.
  4. Let the rice rest for 5 minutes. Then, fluff with a fork, add more butter, salt and pepper if desired and serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Perfect Basmati Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.