Simple Basmati Rice

Rice is a staple in any South Asian cuisine. It is cheap and versatile. The following recipe is a very basic rice recipe. It is easy to make, fragrant and most of all delicious. Later on, in this blog, I will show variations of this rice recipe.

Simple Basmati Rice
Serves: 2-3 Prep: 25 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes

~1 cup Basmati rice*
~1 small onion
~2 cups of warm water
~1/2 stick cinnamon
~3-4 whole cloves
~pinch of salt

*You can usually find basmati rice in your local grocery store, in the ethnic aisle. If not, be sure to visit your local Indian/Pakistani store.

1.) Wash the rice under cold water and than let it soak in a bowl of water, for about 20 minutes.

2.) While the rice is soaking, you can dice the onion and place into a lightly oiled pan. (I use a ~3 quart saute pan)

3.) After the rice is soaked, go ahead and lightly brown the onions on medium heat.

4.) After browning the onions, add the 2 cups of warm water. Also add the cinnamon, cloves and salt. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat.

5.) Once water has boiled, drain the rice from the bowl and add to the pan. Again bring the water to a boil. Boil for one minute. Immediately turn the heat down to a low simmer. Cover the pan.

6.) After 10-15 minutes, turn off the stove. Let rice stand for five minutes. Fluff the rice a bit, serve and enjoy.


Katie_F  – (May 25, 2010 at 6:42 AM)  

I made this the other day and it is so good! I think it is going to become one of my new go-to recipes. Thank you so much for sharing this.

A New Life  – (May 25, 2010 at 5:00 PM)  
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SpicyHabibti  – (May 25, 2010 at 5:04 PM)  

Thanks Katie, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :-)

Lillian Davenport  – (October 30, 2011 at 6:58 PM)  

i made this this afternoon.. it was a wonderful compliment to my chickpea dahl!

rakhi –   – (October 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM)  


u can make amira basmati rice with many recipe.......

albert  – (February 24, 2014 at 1:12 AM)  

Absolutely delicious basmati rice,classic recipe..looks divine.

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