How to cook Basmati rice two ways

How to cook Basmati rice two ways

Cook under ideal conditions like same heat, no wind interference to the flame etc. So that you can note down the factors like time and find out the perfect one that works for you. I have given this as my version, so use this as guidance. If I say 7 mins and it gets done in 6 mins, then fix to it. It could differ depending on the vessel you use, how wide is your flame etc.

I never thought I would try open pot method but always fascinated towards the process and enjoy it. Last week I


Pressure cooker method:

  • 1/2 cup Basmati rice I used India gate Super
  • 1 cup Water

Open pot method:

  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • Sesame oil few drops
  • 6 cups Water


  • First wash and soak basmati rice for 30 mins.
  • Drain water completely.

How to cook basmati rice in cooker:

  • For one cup rice, I use 1 cup water for 1/2 cup. It turns soft and long. That is 1: 2 for rice : water ratio. If you want more stiffer, you can reduce the ratio of water 1 & 1/2 cups for 1 cup rice. For example, for fried rice I use less water and for eating it along with gravy or south Indian variety rice, I use 2 cups.
  • Boil 1& 1/2 cups water in a pressure cooker. (I used a , kadhi or your favorite gravy.
    What is the ratio of water to Basmati rice?

    I use 2 cups water for 1 cup basmati rice in pressure cooker method. For stiffer rice, like in fried rice, I reduce water to 1 & 1/2 cups to 1 cup of rice. The water ratio also varies according to the variety of rice.

    Which Basmati rice is best?

    I have not tried many brands. From what I have tried, India gate (super or premium), Daawat, Lal quilla have worked well for me.

    Why do you soak basmati rice?

    Soaking helps in softening the grain and gives softer, moist result. Reduces cooking time and needs less water too.

    Why my basmati rice sticky?

    Over cooked rice = sticky results. Reduce water, reduce cooking time.

    Why my basmati rice breaks?

    After soaking, the basmati rice has to be handled gently. Never rub or handle rough as it breaks easily.
    After cooking, if you handle the rice when it is hot, then it can easily break too. So handle gently to fluff slightly first and then you can fluff thoroughly.
    In open pot method, if you under cook the rice, the grain breaks easily and doesnt look uniform (will have ring like strips inside) So cook one or 2 more mins.

    How to avoid yellow looking rice?

    Wash properly. Soak and drain excess starch. Cook with 1/2 tsp of lemon juice.

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