Basmati Rice – Indian style

Basmati Rice – Indian style

Indian style preparation of Basmati rice when served with some curry is mouth watering. Like most Indian dishes it is rich, oily, and spicy with a lot of flavours combined in calculated proportions and it is bound to make you drool. The aroma that it gives off will have you completely enraptured. Basmati rice with its high content of carbohydrate and starch makes you feel sated after a meal. It makes you so content that you feel like dozing off as soon as you leave the table!


Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 6 people


  1. 1 ½ cups of basmati rice
  2. 2 ½ cups of water
  3. 1 small thin sliced onion
  4. 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  5. 1 (2 inch) piece cinnamon stick
  6. 2 pods of green cardamom
  7. 2 whole cloves
  8. 1 tablespoon of cumin seed
  9. 1 teaspoon of salt, for taste


The trick to making good basmati rice is to soak it for a while. Most people take shortcuts and end up with a negative impact on the taste.

Step 1

Rinse the rice well so that none of the starch is left behind. Then keep it aside in a bowl and let it soak in water for a full of thirty minutes. The water should be enough to cover the entire rice.

Step 2

Take a pot or a pan and heat the oil in it. Keep the flame medium as you heat the oil.

Step 3

Now it is time for the herbs to come in. Add cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and cumin seeds to the oil. Cook these herbs for few moments. This will take about 30-40 seconds for giving out the aroma.

Step 4

Then add the onions and stir and cook them till they turn golden brown. However, make sure that you don’t burn them. The idea is to turn the onions translucent in nature.

Step 5

Next, you take your soaked rice and get rid of the water. Then add rice to the sautéed onions and mix well. Cook this rice till it becomes soft.

Step 6

Add salt and water to the now toasted rice. Let the water boil now. Then reduce the flame and cover the pot and let the entire preparation simmer. Wait till all of the water as been vapourised.

Step 7

Once the water has vapourised, your rice is ready to be served! Fluff it with a fork a little and serve it in generous portions with some curry or stew. The people eating it are going to be licking their fingers when they are done!

While serving, if you wish you can add other garnishing on top like some julienned ginger or some turmeric mixed with water to give it a better colour. This savoury Indian rice dish is finger-licking and lip-smacking wonderful! There is no way a rice lover can not take a second and a third helping.

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