How Do You Cook Basmati Rice Indian Style

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Basmati rice is a forever favorite rice grain. There are various kinds of ways to cook basmati and enjoy the delicious grain. But what are the best ways and side dishes to go with and also how do you cook basmati rice Indian style?

These two questions are more often to focus upon. However, basmati rice is such a versatile grain that suits any side dish. Even so, this grain can be consumed alone with so much taste.

Mostly, the Indian basmati rice dishes relate to Indian subcontinent cuisines. The name itself suggests the meaning, Fragrance. Thus, after cooking it smells so pleasant and has a nutty flavor.

Origin Of The Super Fine Grain:

The finest quality rice originated in India. And, it is the largest production country of basmati rice. It is categorized in numerous varieties that come under basmati and non-basmati rice. 

The grain is believed to originate in the Indian region during the medieval times. Many people say it originated in the foothills of the Himalayan. There are some writings that mention the production of the grain in Lahore and Punjab which are presently in Hindustan & Pakistan.

How Do You Cook Basmati Rice Indian Style:

The cooked basmati grain can compliment any dish, and it is the foremost advantage of this. Moving forward to the main thing that  is how do you cook basmati rice indian style. For that we must learn that there are actually two ways of cooking rice in Indian style.

The Two ways are:

  1. Boiling Method
  2. Absorption Method

In the boiling method, the rice grains are cooked with an ample amount of water and after they are boiled, excess water is reduced.

In the absorption method, the water amount is precise as per the amount of rice.

Both methods have been used by many for centuries. But the absorption method is becoming quite popular these days. So here we are going to discuss the absorption method for cooking.

Absorption Method To Cook Basmati Rice:

Mostly the ratio of water and rice keeps changing to different varieties. For regular basmati rice the ratio is 1:2 is mostly advisable. And, for other varieties like brown basmati, sella or parboiled, the ratio is 1:3 or maybe changeable. 

Let’s dive into the simple recipe of basmati rice Indian style:


  1. For maximum 2-3 servings, one cup of rice is sufficient, that is 200 grams. 
  2. For one cup, take 2 cups of water which counts in 500 ml. Also, it depends on the quality of rice.
  3. Cooking oil about ½ tbsp which is optional but with using this, the grains look very soft and fluffy.
  4. Little bit of salt around ¼ tbsp or as per the desire.

Preparation and soaking:

  • Firstly, take a bowl in which rice can easily rinsed up.
  • WIth fresh water, start to rinse rice grains throughout the running water. 
  • Rinse it until the cloudy color of water is gone and looks very transparent.
  • Afterwards, keep the rice for soaking for about 20 minutes.
  • When it gets soaked, remove the excess water and you are ready to cook now.

Cooking Instructions:

  • Take a deep bottom cooking pan, add water which is instructed above (two cups).
  • Then add cooking oil in it or you can use butter or ghee as per your choice. Though this step can be skipped.
  • Add salt ¼ tbsp or as per your choice. 
  • Now, keep the flame of the gas stove to medium and let water come to a fine boil.
  • After the boil comes, add the one cup rice in it.
  • When all ingredients are finally added, stir it finely with ease in order to settle down the rice. Similarly, you can also shake the pan lightly.
  • Once it gets done, cover the cooking pan with a lid. Keep the flame to lower to medium and let the rice absorb all the water. 
  • Keep on checking the rice, generally it takes 8-10 minutes. And, after that Basmati rice took a long slender shape, a fluffy texture. 
  • Switch off the flame and wait for 5 minutes at least to rest the grains. Then gently remove the lid and enjoy the pleasant fragrance first. 
  • Now, serve the finest quality basmati rice with any dish which is your favorite, dal, paneer or curry.

Nutritional Value Of 200 Grams Cooked Bowl:

In one bowl cooked Indian basmati rice which is around 200 grams gives the nutritions:

  • Calories – 169 kcl
  • Carbohydrates – 37 gram
  • Protein – 3.3 gram
  • Fat – 0.3 gram
  • Saturated fat – 0.1 gram
  • Sodium – 2.3 gram
  • Fiber – 0.6 gram
  • Sugar – 0.1 gram

These nutrients consist of a single cooked bowl. All the nutrients are the daily requirement of the body and efficiently helps in the well functioning of the body.

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