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How to cook basmati rice

How to cook basmati rice fluffy in two ways - pressure cooker method and open pot boiling method.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Soaking time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2


Pressure cooker method:

  • ½ 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:

  • I use 1 cup water for ½ 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 & ½ 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& ½ cups water in a pressure cooker. (I used a 5 litre cooker, clip on model but any pressure cooker should work) Keep the rice inside and close the pressure cooker.
  • Pressure cook for 4 whistles. Let pressure release naturally.
  • Fluff the rice very gently and keep covered until consuming.

Cooking basmati rice in open pot method:

  • Bring 6 cups of water with oil, in a wide mouthed pot to rolling boil.
  • Add rice only after rolling boil stage comes and let it come to a rolling boil again.
  • Stir once. Let it boil briskly for 5 minutes.Check a grain of rice by mashing it in between your fingers.
  • If it is hard and doesnt get mashed and breaks, then continue boiling.
  • I boiled 2 more minutes and again when checked, it was long and getting mashed. Still not too very soft.
  • But this is the right stage to switch off. So we are looking for 80 to 90% cooked rice only.
  • Pour over a colander (I keep a large bowl under to collect the starch water) and drain water.
  • You should discard the collected starch water and again place the colander over the bowl and keep rice covered for 15 mins.
  • The rice should be given minimum 15 mins standing time before serving.
  • Then only your rice will be completely cooked.
  • After 15 mins, dont forget to fluff the rice gently and transfer to serving bowl.



  • One or two drops of kewra water can be added to enhance the basmati rice flavour. But do not add more than that as it might smell differently.
  • You can add little salt to the cooking rice.
  • Do not handle rice when hot as it will break the grains.
  • Less stirring = long grains without breaking. Once it is completely cooled it wont break so easily.
  • Sticky rice means over cooked rice.
  • Adding few drops of oil gives non sticky rice as well as prevent overflowing.
  • If using for fried rice, recommend to refrigerate (after cooling completely) for 1 hour minimum.