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White fluffy Basmati ice in a bowl on a marble background.

Recipe Summary to Cook Basmati Rice On Stovetop

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  • Author: Mish
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Fluffy, long Basmatir ice is the crowning jewel of an Indian food spread. Learn to cook this delicious rice perfectly each time on the stovetop.



1 cup (200 g) white Basmati rice

4 cups (1 liter) water


  1. Add 1 cup of Basmati rice and 4 cups of water to a medium-sized pot. Place the pot on the stovetop and set the heat to medium-high.
  2. Bring the water and rice to a boil, uncovered. As the water comes to a boil, keep an eye on the rice. Once the rice starts to boil, stir it and let it boil.
  3. Check periodically to see if the rice is just cooked but still has a slight bite. Continue to watch the rice till it’s just done. You can take a spoon and take a few grains and see if they’re hard or getting softer.
  4. Once the rice is done, immediately drain it using a colander to stop the cooking process and prevent it from becoming mushy.  
  5. If you’re serving the rice right away, you can cover it to keep it warm. Alternatively, if you’re making a dish like peas and carrot pulao, transfer the rice to a long aluminum foil tray and spread it out to cool. This helps to keep the grains separated and prevents them from sticking together.


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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Category: Indian main course
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian