How To Cook Basmati Rice

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Basmati Rice Recipe

Here is how to make basmati rice at home. Ensure you wash the rice before and follow the instructions to make it super fluffy. Use rice to water ratio of 1 to 1.5 for best results.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Meal Prep
Cuisine Indian, Middle Eastern
Servings4 servings
Calories (per serving)171.25 kcal




  • Wash rice by filling up large bowl of water with rice. Use hand to swirl the rice around to rinse. Rinse off the starchy water, refill with water, and repeat 2 more times.
    washing rice method

Boiling Rice

  • In a saucepan (medium-high heat), add the rice and cold water.
  • Leave uncovered and bring to a simmer (you'll hear some bubbling).
  • Reduce heat to low and cover.
  • Cook for around 12 to 15 minutes, but do not uncover during this period.
  • Remove completely off heat and let it stand for 5 to 8 minutes and keep covered still.
  • Remove over and use a fork to fluff the rice.


  • For larger servings, cook (covered) for longer.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 171.25kcalCarbohydrates: 37.51gProtein: 3.35gFat: 0.31gSaturated Fat: 0.09gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.08gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 6.85mgPotassium: 53.95mgFiber: 0.61gSugar: 0.06gVitamin B1: 0.03mgVitamin B2: 0.02mgVitamin B3: 0.75mgVitamin B5: 0.47mgVitamin B6: 0.08mgVitamin E: 0.05mgVitamin K: 0.05µgCalcium: 15.84mgCopper: 0.12mgFolate: 3.75µgIron: 0.38mgManganese: 0.51mgMagnesium: 12.63mgPhosphorus: 53.95mgSelenium: 7.08µgZinc: 0.52mgNet Carbohydrates: 36.9g
Read more nutritional information values.

Data source: USDA

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How Long Does Cooked Basmati Rice Last?

Ensure you keep cooked basmati stored in an airtight food storage container.

Fridge2-3 days
Freezer6 months

How To Reheat Cooked Basmati Rice?

Microwave2 to 4 minutes
Saucepan5 minutes