How to Cook Basmati Rice

fluffy basmati rice

Learn how to make the perfect fluffy Basmati Rice, every single time! Basmati Rice is an aromatic, long-grain rice from the Himalayas that is perfect for accompanying a variety of dishes in many cultures. This is the simplest way you can make it in a pot, no Instant Pot or rice cooker needed, with just a few easy techniques and 20 minutes.

total time : 20 mins


– 1 cup basmati rice – 2 cups water


Wash the rice! Place the rice in a large bowl and fill it with room temperature water. Give the rice a solid swirl with your hand, rubbing the grains to remove the starch. The water will be cloudy. Drain the water, and continue to rinse the rice (3-4 times) until the water runs clear.


Heat a pot on medium to high heat.


Bring the water to a boil. Then, turn the stove temperature down to low and cover the pot with a lid. Cook the rice for 8-10 minutes. Do not disturb or stir the rice.


Turn off the stove once the water has been fully absorbed. Let the rice rest for 5 minutes to finish steaming. Uncover the rice and use a fork to fluff it up. Keep it covered until it's ready to serve.

Keep it covered until it's ready to serve.