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Steamed Basmati Rice

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 2 cups water (plus additional for washing)


  • First, wash the rice by putting it in a large bowl and filling it with cold water. Let the rice settle to the bottom and then pour off the water, which will be cloudy. Repeat until the water runs clear.
  • Next, soak the rice in the 2 cups of water. Allow the rice to soak for 1/2 hour and then drain, reserving the water for cooking.
  • To cook put the reserved water into a large, heavy-bottomed pan with a tight-fitting lid, and bring to a boil. Add the soaked rice and stir carefully with a narrow stirring implement (so that the rice is not crushed) until the water comes to a second boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until most of the water is absorbed, about 10 to15 minutes. Cover the pan tightly and reduce heat to lowest possible level and let rice steam for 10 minutes.